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Cataloging School Papers Answered

I spontaneously decided to catalogue every paper I get/do in school this year. I've run some tests with tesseract, a OCR program, and its decent. Except... I don't have a scanner... I'm thinking of giving it up, unless someone else would like to also try it out. If so, I'll put effort into procuring a scanner, or figuring a way to emulate one with a camera. Any random thoughts on this?

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zachninme

11 years ago

I took a picture of the screen with a camera, and ran it through. It worked well enough, but it took a bit of image tweaking.

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Kiteman

11 years ago

Most half decent digital cameras should be good enough for documenting text if they're set to a large size and high resolution. Just make sure you're taking the shot from a point directly over/in front of the centre of the page. My camera is only 2Meg, but it's fine for recording the small-print signs in museums and galleries to read them later. Museums often don't mind you taking pictures of sculptures and installations, but get confused when you snap the text beside it - an ancient manuscript if well out of copyright, but the printed translation is technically the copyright of the translator, but the translation usually lacks a credit.

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zachninmeKiteman

Reply 11 years ago

Mines only 3.1, and I can read it, but the OCR program has trouble, because it works off 1-bit.

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CameronSS

11 years ago

Well, around here you can generally find an old scanner at a Goodwill store for under five bucks. I got one for 99 cents just for parts. Check around at secondhand/thrift stores for scanners. You can often find the appropriate drivers online. Also, are you aware of how much space a school year's worth of papers scanned as images would be? Even if you used the software that we have that can roughly translate printed text into computer text, which would only work on printed handouts, you're still talking gigabytes of data.

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zachninmeCameronSS

Reply 11 years ago

Trust me, I have plenty of room to spare. I have a total of 240GB, and I don't even use 40 :P
Or, I could always upload them to Zoho/Google Docs. I say Zoho because they have an API.

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NachoMahma

11 years ago

. Some of the newer cameras should be good enough to "scan" for OCR. . They make a jig specifically for taking pics of flat objects (forget what it's called, but it looks like an enlarger without the head) or use a tripod with a pan/tilt head. . Lighting is important. Make sure the doc is evenly lit. . A new scanner is cheaper than a camera, but a camera will do more than just documents and other flat things. . I have an old scanner that I used to use with a Mac (SCSI i/f) that I will give you if you send me a pre-paid shipping box. PM me if interested.

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gotja

11 years ago

uhhhhhhhhhhhhh