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What Scanner?

by BML / June 19, 2012 2:44 AM PDT

I have been researching the scanner market for a multi-page scanner with software that will help me to scan with OCR and make the subject scanned capable of being searched for by date, title, subject or word and I found the following on a Web Page I will not mention. The only problem is that appearance matters to me and I like number 4 and 5 which both have a lower score.
1. Canon C125 £380.00. SCORE 9.7
2. Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 £342.00 SCORE 8.9
3. Epson gt s55 scanner £432 SCORE 8.0
4. Canon dr-2020u £460.00 SCORE 7.8
5. Epson Gt-1500 £238.00 SCORE 7.4

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 19, 2012 4:12 AM PDT
In reply to: What Scanner?

I have never found the scanner to matter too much when it comes to OCR. All the OCR "quality" was in the OCR software.

And given the error rate even on a good scan still results in 1 or 2 errors per page I find folk that blow up when they discover that.

But that's not why I wrote "Ouch." It's that requirement for searching. I wonder if you are expecting the OCR system to do this for you? If so there is only one company I've seen with such automation (Kodak) yet you see folk blow up again at the costs.


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What scanner/software?
by BML / June 19, 2012 8:52 AM PDT
In reply to: Ouch.

I thought that if a document went through an OCR it turned it into a readable document which one could use the search facility on.

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And that was not in your "spec"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 19, 2012 10:01 AM PDT
In reply to: What scanner/software?

I read your post again and see this...

"capable of being searched for by date, title, subject or word"

Not one OCR that you see for 99 bucks will assign those date, title or subject to those scanned documents. But yes, you can search for words or phrases but those errors still seem to upset those that haven't done this before.

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Scanning software
by BML / June 19, 2012 5:45 PM PDT

I am starting from a position of little terchnical knowledge so please forgive me if I appear stupid. At the moment it is possible to save a document that I create in Word in a format that allows me to search for it in any of the factors I set out before so I assumed that there would be software applicaable to scanning that I could do the same and I a, prepared to pay for it.

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by Kees_B Forum moderator / June 19, 2012 5:51 PM PDT
In reply to: Scanning software

Then you search for OCR software that can make Word files. Some scanners might come with it. If you buy one that doesn't, or you want better software than included, you'll have to find it yourself.


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That clarifies this a little.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 20, 2012 1:56 AM PDT
In reply to: Scanning software

There are folk that go through this then EXPLODE AGAIN when they look at the OCR's resulting Word file. The most common complaints are "it didn't get the paragraphs right" and the same error on every page issue.

The "S" word is not applicable here. Maybe you never used OCR or watched the commercials and thought it was as good as the demo.

You lead with your "specs" and that's good to know the problem I ran into was that I don't see any 4 figure software that would meet that spec. Not one digs out a title or date for you. That is, the scanner software so far, even if it creates a Word document always dates the document as created on the day we scanned it.

Now that you know a bit more you are better prepared for the results.

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