by ajv77 - 10/29/10 9:14 PM
In Reply to: Not garage sale prices. by R. Proffitt
OmniPage 17, arguably the best OCR software currently on the market, will give you 80 to 90% accuracy in Arial, Baskerville and Times Roman on perfectly-printed English, French and Spanish. On poorly printed Portuguese of the early 60s Mozambique (what I am currently translating) you are lucky to get 20% accuracy. Not really worth the time to scan and convert.
Since I wrote the original post I have been experimenting and I think I have discovered not the best, but a very workable solution. You scan each page at 300 dpi and save it in a non-loss format like png or tif. You then import the picture into an 8.5 by 11 inch page with half inch margin all around and stretch the picture to the full 7.5 by 10 inch working surface. Again and again and then export the document to pdf. You can easily read and annotate the resulting pdf document in eReader. Typewritten memos/bookmarks, however, work more effectively than handwritten notes.
Hope this helps anyone (with lots of patience and dedication).
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