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A Sample Of My Less-Paper Office
As promised, I've uploaded a sample PDF from my scanner. This was scanned in on my (Visioneer) Xerox Documate 510 scanner using the included PaperPort software. The page was scanned in at 300dpi and saved as a PDF.
Here are the documents:
I used the OCR functionality that is part of Adobe Acrobat 6 Standard. That allowed me to convert the PDF to text. If you look at the text file you'll see that most of the text was converted over correctly. Most of the text that wasn't converted over is due to the fold in the original document. The OCR isn't perfect but it usually gets the majority of the text. It has more problems distinguishing text when the background color isn't white.
Open the PDF and use the Select Text tool to select some text. See how you can just copy and paste text from your documents?
The coolest thing is the search. Open the PDF and click the Search button (the binoculars). Search for "your" and scroll through the results to see how it works. I have scanned in all my old credit card statements. If I can't remember when I bought my router, I just search for "Best Buy" and I can immediately find all the purchases I made there. Adobe also lets you search a whole directory of documents.
When are YOU going to start having less paper?
My review of the Xerox Documate 510 Scanner
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I am thinking of buying this xerox scanner. One of the reviewers on Amazon.com said this scanner pulls to the left a little. Have you run into this problem?
I haven't noticed the pulling to the left with 8 1/2 x 11 pages. But you need to be careful with small pieces of paper (such as photos) to make sure they are lined up straight - but this is true for most ADF scanners.
I haven't figured out a way to do automatic OCR. I'm sure there must be a command-line option to Acrobat that does this.
I have a couple of questions for you. First and most importantly, what software comes with this scanner that allows you to scan multiple page documents that are double sided and then rearanges them for you. I already have a scanner and need to be able to do this.
The PaperPort 9 software that is bundled with the Documate scanner does the double-sided magic. I don't know which scanners it supports.