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12-10-2001, 12:59 PM
I want to scan and e-mail 8 pages of text and 18 pages containing 50 photographs with (text) captions.
None of hardware or software help even remotely suggest how to do this. 1st page of text using OCR comes out with circles, squares and other assorted shapes and would appear to be in the unwanted Times New Roman font (document in courier new).
Bundled with Ulead Photo Express 3.0 SE, Adobe Photoshop 5.0 LE and Abbyy Finereader 4.0 Sprint. Tried all of these.

12-10-2001, 04:20 PM

First of all, I assume that you only have the text available as hard copy, not computer files.

Don't use OCR, just scan as you would a photo or drawing. Quality for the receiver is going to depend on the end result you need but to keep the file size reasonable you need to select a scan resolution of not greater than 150 dpi and preferably 75 dpi which is fine for viewing on a computer screen. Scanning the text as B&W will further keep the file size down.

Photos are presumably colour so they will make much bigger files.

Save all scans as file type JPEG (*.JPG). I recommend that you create a new directory and scan them into that to keep all the files together in one place. Name and number them so that you can keep track of what is what.

When they are all complete you can prepare your email then insert the jpg files as attachments. It will still be a hell of a big email so you might want/need to send them in batches. Have a look at the file sizes and try to keep each email to less than 1MB.

Alternatively if you can get your OCR working you could get the text into one document but you will still need to scan the photos as images. Actually, OCR is hardly worth the effort as you will have to manually correct errors etc and may lose formatting if they are complex documents.

It might be quicker and easier to photocopy and snail mail (heresy).

Good Luck

Billy 8-{)

12-10-2001, 05:38 PM
Your best choice is either to scan the whole page and send them one by one.


Scan each page, crop around the pictures, and recreate the pages in, say, word. Then send the resulting files.

13-10-2001, 10:05 AM
Billy T

Many thanks yr comments. Largely went along with yr suggestions - took 4 hrs to prepare and ended up with a 3.2 Mb file which took 15 mins + to send. What a welcome to the world of Scanning!!

13-10-2001, 10:14 AM
Dylan - many tks. See above.