[lug] OT: Scanning and OCRing

Daniel Webb lists at danielwebb.us
Thu Feb 15 12:20:29 MST 2007

On Thu, Feb 15, 2007 at 09:04:06AM -0700, Ryan Kirkpatrick wrote:

> I have a HP ScanJet 6270A with ADF I picked up off eBay a year or two ago,
> cheap. It just works with Linux and SANE (v1.0.7 at least), including the
> ADF. It is a SCSI scanner, but works happily with a cheap AdvanSys PCI
> SCSI card. 
> I can just drop a pile of paper in the ADF feeder and let it go.
> Occasionally it hiccups, but rarely and a power cycle of the scanner (and
> reload of SCSI modules) fixes any problems. Only negatives are that the
> ADF feeder is noisy, and while it does great B&W or grey scale, color is
> completely messed up. I only scan in paperwork (bills, receipts,
> etc...) so it works great for me. TTYL.

My understanding is that the SCSI ADF scanners are a lot more likely to work
than USB (mine is USB).  

And yes, it's really nice when it works.  I scanned a lot of pre-1996 journal
articles in grad school so that I could access them at home or at school
without lugging a 200lb file cabinet back and forth.  ;)

What software/commands do you use to convert the pile of paper into a PS/PDF?

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