TIF to editable PDF

Subject: TIF to editable PDF
From: "avraham -at- earthlink -dot- net" <avraham -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 13:24:50 -0500

Hello All,

Looking for any conversion gurus out there.

How do I convert TIF images to OCRd, editable PDF?

Background (skip if you wish)
Typically, we scan paper producing a TIF image, which is converted to an
image+hidden text PDF. An image-only PDF is layed over an OCR profile. The
profile is stripped of all non-text elements, since the OCR engine will
interpret anything, even dirt. The final product is a clean, searchable PDF

When we use the same process to produce an editable PDF, the OCR engine
misinterprets graphical and tabular elements. Rather than a hidden profile,
the OCR engine reads the visible PDF. We end up with a PDF that does not
resemble the TIF image. Words are recognized but misformatted, non-text
elements are interpreted as words.

This isn't a problem in a text editor, because you don't have to cross the
OCR bridge.

How can I scan paper to create an editable PDF?


Jeff Simon

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