scanned documents


G

Guest

we just got our replacement e-machine and it works really well, but we lost
some documents that were not backed up-rather than retype them, we had a
friend scan them and then he e-mailed them to us-the problem is, they came
thru as jpeg and windows paint documents-the jpeg has 5000+kb and takes
forever to download on this machine-how can I convert it to a text document
with a simple line drawing???(other than the clip art picture at the header
it is an extremely simple documnet)
any feedback would be appreciated-thanks-jessie and betty tallahassee, fl
 
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M

Mikey

I think you'll have to use some sort of OCR (Optical Character Recognition)
program to convert the print on your documents to editable text. Pagis Pro
is one I think (just as an example).

Mike
 
D

Doug

Get your friend to send them to you as a COPY of the original documents
as a text file or WORD file or whatever and attach them to your e-mail.
A lot less hassle than scanning and then OCR'ing them. I do this all of
the time and it works well.

Doug
==========================================
message | we just got our replacement e-machine and it works really well, but we
lost
| some documents that were not backed up-rather than retype them, we had
a
| friend scan them and then he e-mailed them to us-the problem is, they
came
| thru as jpeg and windows paint documents-the jpeg has 5000+kb and
takes
| forever to download on this machine-how can I convert it to a text
document
| with a simple line drawing???(other than the clip art picture at the
header
| it is an extremely simple documnet)
| any feedback would be appreciated-thanks-jessie and betty tallahassee,
fl
 
D

Doug

Further to this: If your friend is using Windows XP, just have him/her
right-click the desired file and there is a menu choice "Send to". On
the sub-menu there is an entry for "mail recipient". This will attach
the file to an Outlook Express 'NEW' message and all that your friend
has to do is enter the address info either from the address book or
directly.

Failing this: Refer to the 'HELP' in OExpress on how to handle
attachments.

Doug
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| Get your friend to send them to you as a COPY of the original
documents
| as a text file or WORD file or whatever and attach them to your
e-mail.
| A lot less hassle than scanning and then OCR'ing them. I do this all
of
| the time and it works well.
|
| Doug
| ==========================================
in
| message | | we just got our replacement e-machine and it works really well, but
we
| lost
| | some documents that were not backed up-rather than retype them, we
had
| a
| | friend scan them and then he e-mailed them to us-the problem is,
they
| came
| | thru as jpeg and windows paint documents-the jpeg has 5000+kb and
| takes
| | forever to download on this machine-how can I convert it to a text
| document
| | with a simple line drawing???(other than the clip art picture at the
| header
| | it is an extremely simple documnet)
| | any feedback would be appreciated-thanks-jessie and betty
tallahassee,
| fl
|
|
 
P

Paul Bobrowski

From the OP it doesn't sound like there are original eletronic files to
send. I sounds like the desired document's eletronic copies have been lost,
but hardcopies exist on paper which the friend is scanning and emailing
over.

If you just need a copy of the document and you don't care about being able
to edit them, then you could just get them burned to CD and skip the
emailing step. Otherwise your friend will need some OCR software which will
take a scanned image and convert it to text which can be edited. The text
will be MUCH smaller than the image files. Have your friend check to see if
any such software came with their scanner. One of the more popular packages
that I have seen is called TextBridge.

If your friend doesn't have an OCR package, do a Google search for
SimpleOCR. It's a freeware OCR application that works pretty well but isn't
the most rebust application.

After the image is OCR'd you will want to run a spellcheck on it to clean up
the document. OCR is accurate but recongitions errors are common depending
on the quality of the pages being scanned. This is still alot faster than
retyping everything though.

Good luck.
 
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D

Doug

Paul, you could be correct in your analysis. In that case they should
follow your advice which is more apt than mine.

Cheers...

Doug
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message | From the OP it doesn't sound like there are original eletronic files
to
| send. I sounds like the desired document's eletronic copies have been
lost,
| but hardcopies exist on paper which the friend is scanning and
emailing
| over.
|
| If you just need a copy of the document and you don't care about being
able
| to edit them, then you could just get them burned to CD and skip the
| emailing step. Otherwise your friend will need some OCR software
which will
| take a scanned image and convert it to text which can be edited. The
text
| will be MUCH smaller than the image files. Have your friend check to
see if
| any such software came with their scanner. One of the more popular
packages
| that I have seen is called TextBridge.
|
| If your friend doesn't have an OCR package, do a Google search for
| SimpleOCR. It's a freeware OCR application that works pretty well but
isn't
| the most rebust application.
|
| After the image is OCR'd you will want to run a spellcheck on it to
clean up
| the document. OCR is accurate but recongitions errors are common
depending
| on the quality of the pages being scanned. This is still alot faster
than
| retyping everything though.
|
| Good luck.
|
|
| | > Further to this: If your friend is using Windows XP, just have
him/her
| > right-click the desired file and there is a menu choice "Send to".
On
| > the sub-menu there is an entry for "mail recipient". This will
attach
| > the file to an Outlook Express 'NEW' message and all that your
friend
| > has to do is enter the address info either from the address book or
| > directly.
| >
| > Failing this: Refer to the 'HELP' in OExpress on how to handle
| > attachments.
| >
| > Doug
| > =================================
| >
| > | > | Get your friend to send them to you as a COPY of the original
| > documents
| > | as a text file or WORD file or whatever and attach them to your
| > e-mail.
| > | A lot less hassle than scanning and then OCR'ing them. I do this
all
| > of
| > | the time and it works well.
| > |
| > | Doug
| > | ==========================================
| > | "betty and jessie" <betty and (e-mail address removed)>
wrote
| > in
| > | message | > | | we just got our replacement e-machine and it works really well,
but
| > we
| > | lost
| > | | some documents that were not backed up-rather than retype them,
we
| > had
| > | a
| > | | friend scan them and then he e-mailed them to us-the problem is,
| > they
| > | came
| > | | thru as jpeg and windows paint documents-the jpeg has 5000+kb
and
| > | takes
| > | | forever to download on this machine-how can I convert it to a
text
| > | document
| > | | with a simple line drawing???(other than the clip art picture at
the
| > | header
| > | | it is an extremely simple documnet)
| > | | any feedback would be appreciated-thanks-jessie and betty
| > tallahassee,
| > | fl
| > |
| > |
| >
| >
|
|
 

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