Scanning (was Re: recent acquisitions for the House of VAX

From: Jim Tuck <>
Date: Tue Sep 11 01:31:55 2001

For me, it's usually Kofax Imagecontrols for capture, destripe,
deskew, and char rebuild. (I happen to have a nice Fujitsu high-
speed document scanner with Kofax accelerator). I have used
Photoshop and a series of filters to do the same thing, albeit
slower. Gimp works just as well as PS.

Photoshop on Macs, Kofax on NT, and Gimp on *nix.

To convert to PDF, I normally use ABBYY FineReader 5.0, a
very nice bit of OCR software. It preserves layout well, does
near-font conversion of readables, and includes images of
whatever is questionable.

I have also used tif2ps and ps2pdf on *nix, operating on the
source tiff. This is usually best if I want near-perfect PDFs
from the source images.

I'll be honest; I don't have that much demand for PDF. Most
of my work product is either plain ASCII text or multipage TIFF.
I'll do an odd PDF once every few months for Marketing, that's
it. Other people could comment much better on PDF


On Tuesday, September 11, 2001 1:21 AM, Bruce Ray
[] wrote:
> Jim
> what tools do you find adequate/appropriate for scanning
> manuals,
> "cleaning" them up, and converting to Adobe .pdf format... and on
> what
> platform(s)..
> Bruce
Received on Tue Sep 11 2001 - 01:31:55 BST

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