Posted 27 December 2006 - 12:32 AM
If I may.......
Are you wanting to take the scanned picture, with the text (figures) on it, and use it in Excel? If so, you'll need to scan the image at 300 dpi+. You can scan it at higher resolutions, but 300 dpi's HAVE TO BE the minimun in order to grab the text off of ANY image.
Images of that sort are best saved as .pcx. If you take a screen shot or scan an image that has words/numbers/tables/ on them and you want to use them on your Excel or any other computer program, just scan them in 300 dpi's, and make sure they're saved as .pcx.
But remember this: If the scanned image you're trying to scan was originally scanned at less than 300 dpi's, your OCR software (Optical Character Recogintion) may not recognize all of the characters it needs to, and giving you not-so-good results/conversions.
If you have MS Word or other software, you can scan the data that's on that piece of paper into the program, and then alter the words/images and so forth that is on that piece of paper.... but it's scanned into the computer. It MUST BE 300 dpi's....... or better to work. NO exceptions at all.
Many scanners come with ocr programs. But I must admit, the one's I've installed, they were all limited in their usage. I guess they were all trials, or scaled-down versions of the software. But if you can get a hold on Read Iris, get it. Actually from version 6 and up, are all good. Anyone of them will do you good. Although I must admit that version 10 has some nice features I like, and I'm glad to see they are now implemented into this version I'm using (version 10).
If you want to scan characters the way you see it on paper, but you want to manipulate it by the computer, you can do so. You can even change the image of the scanned paper to an image you want in it's place.
Now........... converting and importing it into Excel is something much more sophisticated. You will need to set up fields and such. Also, depending on the layout of the scanned image, you may be able to import the whole file into Excel, and have all the data going into different fields, duplicating the paper image.
If you can post an edited edition of your image, or some actual parts of the scan, it may be possible for you to be able to exactly duplicate the image (text and image), but it'll be in text form, so you can edit it.
Also, even if you want it to go into Excel, it may not go into the program immdiately, so you'll have to convert it, before importing/opening it with Excel.
If you have to scan the legal size paper with a flat-bed scanner, you'll probably have to do it in 2 scans per sheet. Just overlap the 2nd image scan to make one image when combining it with the 1st part of the image.
Hope this helps!