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    Recommendations for OCR Program? (Office XP 2002)

    Would appreciate cf.and contrast for strengths of best OCR Program. Omni Page Pro 11.0
    seems casual recommendation of a number of people as king of hill. Also trying to grasp
    main advantages of these programs: scanning forms with graphics; allowing PDF editing for
    inclusion into papers seem to be tops; really would appreciate perspective from those very
    familiar with them. Is there considerable overlap with Adobe Photo Shop 6.0 or 7.0 pending
    release, that is can APS do most or all of the things that a robust OCR can do or are they
    entirely or somewhat different?

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    Re: Recommendations for OCR Program? (Office XP 2002)

    Hi defrag:

    I'm a little confused at your questions, but let me take a stab at it. As you're probably aware, OCR allows you to take a scanned image of a document which is no more than a picture of it and find the recognizable words on it so that it can be searched, reused as a word processing document, and so on. My recommendation for an OCR program is Abbyy's FineReader 5.0. I have had the best results in terms of OCR accuracy and the proper exclusion of graphics from the OCR process with this one.

    I think you may have confused Adobe Photo Shop, which is used to edit image files, and Adobe Acrobat, which generates and edits .pdf (portable document format) files. The full version of Acrobat (as opposed to the free Reader, a comparison of the two can be found here) has an OCR function imbedded within it. Using the Paper Capture tool (limited to 50 pages in Acrobat 5.0) you can OCR a .pdf document, in essence creating a second layer of the page that sits behind the image, containing the recognized text. If you are looking at using .pdf documents exclusively an your OCR functions are confined to that, you will probably do fine without a third-party OCR program.

    Hope that helps!

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    Re: Recommendations for OCR Program? (Office XP 2002)

    I've been using Textbridge Pro Millennium (ver. 9.5) on both my Win 98SE (2 yrs) and XP Home machines. I was told by Scansoft that it was incompatible with XP and that I would have to buy OmniPage Pro 11. They lied <img src=/S/liar.gif border=0 alt=liar width=25 height=22> It works perfectly on XP. If you can find someone who still has it in stock I'd go with that. It does forms, tables, etc. very well and it is integrated to work directly with Word 2000. I can't see why it wouldn't work with 2002 too.

    I've tried FineReader 5.0 Office and didn't like it nearly as much, even though it was highly recommended. "Different strokes for different folks" perhaps? But I really like the Textbridge GUI and the ease of switching between scan formats, e.g., "dual pages", "magazines", "faxes", etc.

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    Thanks for recs

    Thanks much; your perspective does help. I also am trying to sort out the different Adobe products and
    Macromedia Products even if I don't have to use them just so I know about them. I had searched and found
    Abbyy's Fine Reader a little while ago and began trying it out.; glad to learn about Text Bridge Pro.


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