Re: Scanning Latin: best OCR software & scanner hardware?

Subject: Re: Scanning Latin: best OCR software & scanner hardware?
From: "Brierley, Sean" <Brierley -at- QUODATA -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 1999 09:35:19 -0500


My best guess is you will not find what you want. Having said that, OmniPage
Pro is the best OCR software I have used. Bear in mind that, with perfect
copy, the accuracy of the best OCR software may only be around 90 percent.
With a decorative serif font and, perhaps, a poor-quality copy, you will
have much manual re-typing to do.

I am not sure what your expectations are. A friend of mine once asked me to
troubleshoot his "broken" OCR software. The free, lite-version of the
software was being used to scan small (9pt.?) serif font on a bad copy on
which the paragraphs were not square with the page (rotated 15 degrees or
so). The OCR software had successfully scanned, maybe, 80%. I was amazed. My
friend was disappointed and thought the software "broken."

Good luck.


>>>From: Carl Stieren [mailto:carls -at- CYBERUS -dot- CA]
>>>Sent: Friday, February 12, 1999 9:35 AM
>>>To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
>>>Subject: Scanning Latin: best OCR software & scanner hardware?
>>>Hello Colleagues,
>>>I need some extremely good OCR software and a scanner to
>>>match. And the
>>>setup has to be able to scan late Renaissance Latin. Believe


>>>Anyone have any ideas, either for the software/hardware or
>>>other issues?

>>>Carl Stieren
>>>carls -at- cyberus -dot- ca
>>>Technical Writer and Designer......................deep in
>>>Silicon Tundra
>>>Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA.........................1 hr 40 min
>>>from Montreal
>>>Carl's "Text and Subtext" Web

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