Text Scanning With OmniPage Pro
OmniPage Pro is optical character recognition (OCR) software that permits you to scan and convert text documents, and later edit them with a word processor or other application of your choice.
What is OCR?
Optical character recognition (OCR) is the process of turning an image into computer-editable text. OCR is a technology that analyzes binary images of character shapes, identifies them as particular characters, and outputs them to a text data stream. After performing OCR, resulting text can be exported to a variety of word-processing, page layout, and spreadsheet applications.
Basic Steps of Performing OCR
Scanning the Document
Zones are borders that identify areas of an image that will be recognized as text or retained as graphics. Any part of an image not enclosed by a zone is ignored during OCR. OmniPage Pro can analyze a page and create zones automatically for you. It uses the selected setting in the zone button to determine the text flow on a page, and breaks it into ordered zones. You can choose any of the following settings: Single-Column, Multiple-Column, Tables, or Mixed Pages.
Zones can be modified by clicking on a corner of the zone, holding down the left mouse button, and moving the zone outline. Zones can be deleted by clicking inside the zone and hitting the delete key.
Performing OCR converts an image to computer-editable text. OmniPage Pro only recognizes machine-printed characters, such as laser-printed or typewritten text. However, handwritten text can be retained as a graphic.
Saving the Results
Recognized text and graphics can be saved to disk in a variety of file formats, including WordPerfect, MS Word, HTML, ASCII, dBase, and Quattro Pro.
To scan additional pages:
Place the next page on the scanner and follow the above instructions for Scanning the Document. Before continuing to Creating Zones, you must click on the thumbnail image of the new page in the thumbnail viewer (see left).This tells OmniPage Pro which page you are going to be working with. Next, create zones and perform OCR as above.
Because you have
already saved your file and told OmniPage Pro to create one file for all
pages, you can now just click the Save icon (the picture of the
floppy disk) in the top menu bar to save additional pages after performing