OCR Blues

The OCR software bundled with my HP Photosmart All-in-One printer (I.R.I.S.) doesn’t appear to play well with Snow Leopard (won’t recognize the scanner at all).

Anyone have a suggestion for an OCR program? I have about 50 pages of documents staring my staff in the face that will otherwise have to be entered by hand (ugh!).

Thanks,
Robert


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Here is an interesting article:
https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2161357?start=0&tstart=0

I do know the full blown Read IRIS package does still work as I have it on one of my clients machines.

In the old days we used to scan documents to “.tiff” format and then use Read IRIS to convert the previously scanned documents to word or RTF etc etc.

Dale Josephson
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Apple Developer & Support
(530) 241-8227

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On Jun 24, 2011, at Friday7:17 AM, Robert wrote:

The OCR software bundled with my HP Photosmart All-in-One printer (I.R.I.S.) doesn’t appear to play well with Snow Leopard (won’t recognize the scanner at all).

Anyone have a suggestion for an OCR program? I have about 50 pages of documents staring my staff in the face that will otherwise have to be entered by hand (ugh!).

Thanks,
Robert


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I believe that SL drivers from Apple superseded HP’s and installing HP’s can cause conflicts. I do know that is true with a more recent (3 years old?) all in one HP printer/scanner that I have. I eventually un-installed the HP package to solve the problems. Scanning ability in SL winds up being part of the Preview app which surprisingly works well and makes sense on top of that.


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Chuck,

I’ve only recently upgraded to Snow Leopard and didn’t reinstall any HP drivers, so no problem there. I hadn’t thought of Preview which, as you suggest, does a fine job (I’ve been using VueScan).

I had hoped that Preview’s PDF format might also do the OCR job (which is what I’m searching for). I.R.I.S.'s “demo” is a lame video of what Readiris Pro 12 does. I’d rather pay a staffer the $130 than purchase a piece of software I’m not likely to use much.


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…didn’t reinstall any HP drivers, so no problem there.

You may still want to uninstall the HP package anyway. OCR is something i’m not up to speed on so I can’t suggest anything intelligent. I don’t know which printer you have, but a quick Google brought up this HP support thread: http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Mac-printing-and-scanning/OCR-under-Snow-Leopard/td-p/197271


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You may be onto something there. I remember many years ago we got an
annual report job into my agency, and the client sent everything in on
paper. We had a temp in to start laying it out, and when I told him
what had happened (we had expected a disk) and that he might have to
go home early, he said “No problem!” and just started touch-typing
faster than I’ve ever seen anyone go. Even including a round of
proofing, it was over before a courier could have brought us a disk
(this was several years before e-mail was in common use).

Walter

On Jun 24, 2011, at 12:20 PM, Robert wrote:

I’d rather pay a staffer the $130 than purchase a piece of software
I’m not likely to use much.


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If you have Acrobat (not the Reader-Versio) you can use its inbuilt
OCR-Engine. Otherwise I would OCR-Kit give a try
OCRKit - Simple and Streamlined OCR for Mac OS X.

2011/6/24 Robert email@hidden

The OCR software bundled with my HP Photosmart All-in-One printer
(I.R.I.S.) doesn’t appear to play well with Snow Leopard (won’t recognize
the scanner at all).

Anyone have a suggestion for an OCR program? I have about 50 pages of
documents staring my staff in the face that will otherwise have to be
entered by hand (ugh!).

Thanks,
Robert


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