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3.0 out of 5 stars OCR from photos was surprisingly good, 28 Dec 2010
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The software version was 700/22 and reviewed on Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit with 2GB of memory, Epson 4990 Photo scanner with Windows 7 drivers, and a 2 megapixel camera used for the photo image. The scanner was set to 300 dpi. TWAIN and WIA were used and produced the same results. All low key stuff so that the software wouldn't benefit from high end equipment. The CD had version 700/10 of Fine Reader 10 which had to be uninstalled and replaced with the 374 MB download of version 700/22. The scanned sources were:

* a simple Word table with different sizes of black Arial font on a mostly white background with a small amount of characters on coloured backgrounds;
* an article from a magazine with two columns of text, illustrations, and a photo;
* a page of standard text with a chapter heading from a Microsoft Step by Step book.

In the table the font changed from Arial to either Consolas or Century School, and the centralised characters lost vertical positioning within each cell. The magazine page formatting was correct except that the photo in the article was not reproduced. The page of standard text from the Step by Step book was almost faultless. The same page from Step by Step was photographed and produced at least as good a document as the scanned OCR.

The OCR from photographs was surprisingly good, and will be useful for extracting plant data from operating manuals when I'm carrying out surveys.

I later uninstalled the update but it wouldn't reinstall : the Command Line dialog box quickly flashing that there was insufficient memory. I then reinstalled the CD without updating and found that the scanned image and OCR output could be read side by side on my widescreen monitor and - having increased the scan to 600 dpi - it made a good job of reading a booklet with small white text on dark blue background with unusual sub-heading fonts.

For work this could be a useful tool and worth the money. However, it would have limited use at home unless say writing a thesis or evidence for an Inquiry.
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John Boy
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