[ubuntu-uk] Scanners & OCR

Simon Wears munkyjunky at gmail.com
Wed Aug 18 19:51:02 BST 2010

The idea would be to scan in my handwritten notes, but that would also
involve mathematical graphs & symbols, which it may not cope with well. The
OCR isn't as important, it would just be a nice feature. As long as I can
make a digital copy of my notes easily it would do!

Simon Wears

On 18 August 2010 19:02, Rob Beard <rob at esdelle.co.uk> wrote:

> On 18/08/10 18:25, Simon Wears wrote:
> > Heyhey everybody!
> >
> > I'm looking at investing in a scanner so I can digitise my university
> > notes this coming academic year. I was wondering if anyone has a scanner
> > they can recommend that works well with Ubuntu? Ideally it would be a
> > tray-fed scanner, so I can put in several sheets at a time and just hit
> > a nice big 'GO' button, and it would scan it all into a single PDF.
> > Bonus points if it can scan both sides of the paper in one go.
> >
> > Also, has anyone tried any available OCR software for Ubuntu? It'd be
> > great if I could scan in my notes into text, which would make them all
> > searchable!
> >
> > Simon Wears
> > http://MunkyJunky.comb
> >
> Hmm, it's been a while since I looked into scanners, guess it depends
> how much you want to spend.  IIRC some of the higher end HP ScanJet
> scanners have ADF feeder options although the scanners I've seen in the
> shops tend to be basic flat bed models.
> Guess it depends on your budget, but maybe you could look at a combined
> scanner/copier/printer with ADF unit (they seem to be more readily
> available).  One such printer I tried recently was a Lexmark (X264)
> which was networked and scanned to e-mail, so basically you could scan
> anything and it would convert it to a PDF (it supported colour and black
> and white) and would e-mail it out.
> As far as OCR software goes, I've never tried any on Linux, last time I
> tried OCR software was on Windows and I'm not sure if it's improved or
> not, it certainly wasn't good enough to read handwriting.  You say your
> notes are in text, will they be handwritten notes or typed up?
> Rob
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