How export text shown by GIF/JPG to plain text ?

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Franklin, Nov 15, 2005.

  1. Franklin

    Franklin Guest

    Hello you grpahics specialists. Can you help me?

    How can I use Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro to convert text visible
    in the viewed mage of a GIF, JPG, BMP, etc into plain text? (I
    am not referring to metadata such as EXIF.)

    When I used the standalone freeware 'Simple OCR' it replied it
    could not convert my JPG image (which showed approx eight short
    lines of text) into to plain text.

    I don't want to buy any special OCR application for this.

    Can PS or PSP do this natively? If a plugin is needed then I hope
    it is freeware!


    As a seperate idea, is it possible to get one of the deskop search
    applications like Google, Yahoo or Copernic to use some optional
    image-text extraction feature to do what I want? I believe such
    plugins are vecoming available but the problem is that I do NOT
    want a search utility to extract the *ALL* the text of *ALL* the
    JPGs on my hard drive!!!

    I want to extract from just ONE jpeg and I guess this may be hard
    or impossible to set up in a Desktop Searcher.

    Any help is welcomed.
    Franklin, Nov 15, 2005
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    Fred Hiltz Guest

    Neither PS nor PSP does optical character recognition. The main
    difference between the expensive OCR programs that work well and the
    toy ones that come with scanners is the flexibility to work with
    text of many fonts, sizes, and colors on different backgrounds.

    You might be able to use PS or PSP to clean up the text and
    background to improve the performance of your free OCR program. Go
    for pure black text on a pure white background.
    Fred Hiltz, Nov 15, 2005
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    Harry Limey Guest

    (which showed approx eight short
    8 short lines? It must take longer setting up the OCR software and then
    proofing it, than it would take to type it out manually.
    Harry Limey, Nov 15, 2005
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    Chuck Guest

    Older OCR software (dont' know too much about the new stuff) require certain
    resolutions to recognize the text. You see, the OCR program doesn't "read"
    like we do - it basis it's decisions upon the shapes in the images to match
    letters in it's program.

    So, if your image is not readable or not the "expected" resolution or not
    the image type the program requires . . . then you're out of luck.

    Hint: Find out what the image requirement is before you try the OCR . . .
    Chuck, Nov 15, 2005
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    Sir Real Guest

    On Tue, 15 Nov 2005 11:07:24 -0000, in article
    I get the same from the admins here at work. All the time they've spent in
    trying to find a way to get a single page of printed text into a Word document,
    well, they could have typed it in four or five times.
    Sir Real, Nov 15, 2005
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    HandyAndy Guest

    Like others have already answered, you will need some good OCR software for
    this. I don't know of any actual "freeware" that will do this, but here's
    work-around that you might try ....

    Microtek Scanners bundle their products with their ScanWizard program
    interface (a very good one I might add). Included in their ScanWizard is
    the fully functional ABBYY FineReader OCR engine. One of the best OCR
    engines that I know of.

    You can install this software without having the scanner connected to your
    computer. Updates to the software are the complete package (including the
    ABBYY FineReader OCR engine), not just the updated files.

    You can find them here:

    See if you can use the ABBYY FineReader OCR software bundled with
    ScanWizard 5. Get v5.76 as that's the last one I know of that worked with
    my old scanner. I don't know about later versions.

    p.s. For those of you with older scanners from Microtek, try using their
    updated software for later models. My old scanner performs just like their
    latest ones, just by using their newer software. It micro-steps in the
    finer resolutions just fine and implements all the new commands in the
    software just fine. Just because your model # isn't listed for that
    particular version of ScanWizard, doesn't mean it won't work with it. Not
    all will, but I know my old "close-out special" $60 scanner acts like a
    $350 one with a free software update.
    HandyAndy, Nov 20, 2005
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