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[Bann Valley] document photography and OCR
Awhile back I suggested that someone try using a digital camera to capture
documents while traveling.
Stuck with a new computer and scanner, I found myself needing to find free
OCR software that could open photos and read the text.
Many flatbed scanners come with a free copy of Abbyy FineReader
Sprint--which is what I used in the past, and was pretty satisfied with.
Abbyy has an article about how to use your digital camera effectively to get
document information; I think I would have done better if I had read the
article before I left home. It's here:
The OCR software on the new printer/scanner won't read from a file. So I
went looking for a freeware program comparable to Abbyy.
Here's the best free OCR I've found so far--and it seems pretty decent at
reading from questionable photos. http://www.topocr.com/topocr.html
I also tried out a program called FreeOCR; that one was disappointing.
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