Re: OmniPage vs. FineReader

Subject: Re: OmniPage vs. FineReader
From: David Neeley <dbneeley -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Sat, 7 Nov 2009 12:27:09 +0300

Forgive me if I cover very elementary points you already know...I will
assume little or no experience with this process.

Unfortunately, I have no experience with FineReader. Historically, it
was noted for working well with a variety of languages, including
non-Western ones. I have used OmniPage, and it is excellent in
conversion of printed text.

You will probably do best by conversion to plain text, then importing
that to Frame for formatting and such. I believe OmniPage can do a
creditable job in creating a Word document while preserving many of
the formats--but that is problematical with Frame, as you know.
Ultimately, it would most likely be cleaner to go from straight text.

It would be a good idea, I think, to experiment a little with your
input docs to determine the optimal resolution for the scan to convert
with precision. Since input docs vary considerably in quality, that
may be very helpful in reducing any proofreading needed.

Obviously, too, if you scan from loose pages rather than a bound
document, your results will be far better.


> From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Date: Fri, 6 Nov 2009 09:22:46 -0800
> Subject: Re: OmniPage vs. FineReader
> I've had good experiences with OmniPage, but I'm not sure how you
> would want to use it with FrameMaker.
> Do you hope to scan paper documents and then edit them in FrameMaker?
> On Fri, Nov 6, 2009 at 8:37 AM, Butler, Darren J CTR USAF AFMC 584
> CBSS/GBHDB <Darren -dot- Butler -dot- ctr -at- robins -dot- af -dot- mil> wrote:
>> SYSTEM SPECS: FM8; Windows XP/VISTA; Acrobat Pro ver. 7 & 9, Contenta
>> CMS.
>> My office is considering using either OmniPage or Abby FineReader for
>> our
>> document alchemy. Any pros-n-cons of each application and its' ability
>> to
>> play well with others - particularly FrameMaker - would be GREATLY
>> appreciated.

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