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    Document scanning

    My mother has an elderly friend who has a lifetime of writing that should would like to have published. Most of it is neatly typed pages, perfect for scanning with a scanner with an automatic document feeder. The hardware is no problem, I can purchase some older scanners from ebay with the ADF and they will work quite well. I am not all that familiar with the software, though. What software would be best (and cheapest) for OCR scanning with an automatic document feeder? Ideally, I'd like something that would let me just put a stack of pages in the ADF, and the software would scan the whole stack, OCR it, and dump the results to a single file (Word or PDF). Does MS Office have any features for this sort of thing?



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    Re: Document scanning

    Why OCR - are the documents hand written or off of a typewriter?


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    Re: Document scanning

    Typewriter, or from an older computer. Most are ideal for OCR.



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    Re: Document scanning

    I believe most scanners come with a version of OCR in the packaged software nowadays. You may end up needing something more robust, but to start, I'd try that version. Also, probably cheaper to get an all-in-one with document feeder/printer than just a scanner. I paid $60 for my epson workforce printer which does everything I need it to.



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    Re: Document scanning

    Adobe Acrobat can do what you're asking but if you prefer to acquire it through legal means it's kind of pricey (without an academic discount).



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    Re: Document scanning

    I'd look at something like this

    Lightly Used Fujitsu scanner fi-5120C,USB,Adobe 6,VRS41, Adobe | eBay

    They're quick and work well.

    Not sure if this model autoduplexes, but some do.


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    Re: Document scanning

    Quote Originally Posted by TykeClone View Post
    I'd look at something like this

    Lightly Used Fujitsu scanner fi-5120C,USB,Adobe 6,VRS41, Adobe | eBay

    They're quick and work well.

    Not sure if this model autoduplexes, but some do.
    I have used one similar to that recently, I was both shocked at the cost and how fast and efficiently that thing actually works. If you have a massive amount of documents to scan this would be the tool for you.



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