[lug] OT: Scanning and OCRing

Daniel Webb lists at danielwebb.us
Wed Feb 14 20:28:54 MST 2007

On Wed, Feb 14, 2007 at 07:34:41PM -0700, Craig Talbert wrote:

> <...> I'm wondering if there's anyone here who has
> ever digitized on this kind of scale who can point me in the right
> direction?  

When I was following the Gutenberg project (several years ago) the consensus
was this:

  1) No FOSS OCR programs are up to snuff for this kind of work.  
  2) The people on the Gutenberg lists seemed to prefer Abbyy Fine Reader over
other commercial options.  http://www.abbyy.com/
  3) Many (most?) of them don't even have ADF scanners.

I wrote some wrapper scripts for my ADF scanner (the Hewlett-Packard ScanJet
6200c) which I got on Ebay for $20.  Unfortunately, SANE support is completely
botched now (it used to work mostly ok), to the point that my scanner is
unusable.  So now I'm looking for a new ADF scanner that SANE really supports
(not just says that it supports on the list).  And yes, I filed a bug report,
but honestly no one's interested in spending the time to fix it, including me,
so they should really remove most of the HP ADF scanners from the "supported"

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