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    One of my columnists on my site wants to send me a FAX with an old story he's written for his local newspaper for me to run on my site. The stories he sends are usually in like two or three columns and I want to scan them on as a Word document so I don't have to re-type them. I use the Microtek SlimScan scanner and OmniPage Limited Edition to convert the scanned image into text, but when I open it in Word, it is a jumbled mess with no letters, just gibberish. Does anyone have any solutions?

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    This 'OmniPage Limited Edition' is an OCR program?

    If you don't even get letters, it seems like it scans the article as an image instead of OCR'ing it.
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    Originally posted by Elledan
    This 'OmniPage Limited Edition' is an OCR program?

    If you don't even get letters, it seems like it scans the article as an image instead of OCR'ing it.
    "OCR" sounds familiar, but what exactly is that? The company is called "Caere".

    Omni Page is supposed to scan it on as an image and then convert it to text, I believe, it is isn't working...

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    OCR = Optical Character Recognition
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    If the program does indeed function properly, then the problem must lie in the fact that you're trying to scan text that is in columns.

    You could try cutting those columns and scanning them seperately. If you want to keep the fax, then you should make a copy first, of course
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    The limited version of omipage doesn't do a great job on multi column or heavily formatted pages. You need a better ocr program...

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    Originally posted by wert
    The limited version of omipage doesn't do a great job on multi column or heavily formatted pages. You need a better ocr program...
    Like what?

    Thanks for the tip, Elledan, I might try cutting it. Never thought of that, that's a novel idea.

    eFax, my FAX program, has a feature on eFax Plus (costs) that converts it to text, but I'd rather not pay.


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