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    Post Compare SCANNED Text with Converted Document in Word 2003/2007

    Dear Members,

    I have a TIFF file and its corresponding Converted Word file with some errors in Word file. I want to compare both the files to rectify the errors. How it will be done through Compare or Review(Track Changes).

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    Sandeep Premchandani.

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    Sandeep,

    Welcome to the Lounge!

    Unfortunately the only reliable way I know to do what you describe, is to have a human proofread the converted Word text, against a hard copy of the original TIFF file.

    Word's compare feature will not work with a TIFF (image) file as one of the inputs - both documents to be compared must be text.

    There are comparison utilities such as Workshare that allow you to do things like compare a PDF to Word (and you can convert your TIFF file to a PDF if you have a full working copy of Adobe Acrobat) but at some point in that process, the TIFF/PDF is going to need to be subject to optical character recognition (OCR) in order to get text that can be compared - with that OCR process likely introducing the same kind of errors that cropped up in your initial conversion to Word.

    How many pages do you need to compare? (if not too many, then proofreading it may be a practical solution)
    What method did you use to convert the TIFF file to Word?

    Gary

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    Dear Gary,
    Thanks alot for your reply.

    Regards,

    Sandeep Premchandani

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    Just to add to what Gary said, a spell-check should be able to pick up most of the errors. And, if you format the document's contents to match the page layout, font etc of the image, you should be able to quickly spot any remaining errors - since they'll probably throw the line breaks out of sync.

    You could even insert the TIFF image into the Word document and send it behind the text then carefully re-size it to match the document. Combined with the above, any added/missing characters will immediately throw the alignment out within a line. Whether this last one would only be warranted would depend on the size of the document and the apparent extent of the (post spell-check) mis-matching.
    Cheers,

    Paul Edstein
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    Thanks Sir/Madam. I am doing the same thing what you have written above. Thanks alot once again.

    Regards,

    Sandeep Premchandani

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