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#1 rlight

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Posted 09 June 2007 - 06:42 PM

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Is there a simple to use, free OCR program? I am running Windows 2000 and have Microsoft Office. I want to be able to scan cartoons with some text.

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Posted 09 June 2007 - 06:57 PM

You can scan images and edit them in many image editting programs.

Did your scanner come with OCR software?

OCR - Optical Character Recognition - programs will scan text as text, which won't help you with the graphics you are scanning with the text.


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Posted 09 June 2007 - 07:05 PM

I looked through my files and sure enough I found a OCR program that I do not remember having. My next question is, how would I scan the drawing and also the text. Would that be two separate functions?

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Posted 09 June 2007 - 07:12 PM

If you scan the cartoons in as images, you can edit the text in them with your image editting program, or place the entire cartoon including the text wherever you want in a Word document.

If you are talking about the text in the cartoons, your OCR software may not be able to discern it as text, especiallly if it is hand printed text by the cartoonist. Worse, even if it identifies the text, it may lose all of the formatting.

I think once you try a few items, you'll begin to understand some of the problems you are facing.


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Posted 09 June 2007 - 07:18 PM

Thank you for your response. I just noticed that the OCR program that I have is for Windows 95, 98 and NT 4.0 and not Windows 2000. So, back to my original question is there any free OCR programs?

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Posted 09 June 2007 - 07:43 PM

I've not used any and am not sure what to recommend for W2K.

This google search - OCR download free seems to list some that you might try.


Maybe someone else will have a suggestion for you.

Good luck.

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Posted 16 June 2007 - 02:25 PM

You say you have MS office installed. I use Office 2003 and I'm sure that Office XP before ithad one built in. Try Microsoft Office / Office Tools / Microsoft Office Documant Scanning. It will allow you to scan from your scanner and then perform OCR and finally save as a Word file.

The image below is from my own machine. Hopefully your version supports this.

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