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    Searching image files for text

    A user has a 680 page image file (tif) that she wants to be able to search. I could always scan the document in but thought there must be an easier way to accomplish this. Any suggestions would be most appreciated.

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    Re: Searching image files for text

    Hi Joanne,

    I'm sure there will be other suggestions (much better than mine)...but here's my <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>:

    You might want to use OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software (included with almost any scanner) to convert the TIF format into a text format such as RTF.

    As far as I know (and I may be corrected on this) the TIF format is a Raster graphic - meaning that each pixel holds color information, similar to a BMP. Since that's the case, it's not possible to search for text in that format.

    HTH <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Searching image files for text

    Thanks for your response Mark. That's exactly what I've ended up doing. I'm loading the image into OmniPage Pro and then running it through the OCR process. I've run into some trouble with low system resources but am having the hardware guys work on that. Thanks again.

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    Re: Searching image files for text

    There is a shareware program called SnagIt which, I think, can do a sort of OCR capture of text in screenshots.

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    Re: Searching image files for text

    I've tried SnagIt! and found it easy to use, haven't found an excuse to buy the full product. As Gary stated it does OCR from screen captures. This is the link to the home site<A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.techsmith.com>SnagIt Ver. 5.0 Copyright
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    Re: Searching image files for text

    You could try this link if the other(s) don't work:
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.btinternet.com/~chris.heaton/gator/gator.htm>http://www.btinternet.com/~chris.heaton/gator/gator.htm</A>

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