[bksvol-discuss] Re: pages that won't scan right.

Donna, you have given me some good ideas on how to set up scanning and 
recognition settings. This group is so wonderful to work with. I hope I too 
can give you all such great helpful hints as you have.
This really helps, as does Monica, who has my death on the flop book, and 
when I get the book back Thursday, I'll scan in the messed up pages.
Thanks all of you.
Jim Rawls
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Donna Smith" <donnafsmith@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, June 04, 2007 4:45 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: pages that won't scan right.


Monica has already given some very good advice and she let us know that
you're using Kurzweil.

First, I don't think you get the best scan when you set your program to scan
and recognize and read all at the same time.  I, too, like to read while I
scan, but I use something other than my computer to read to me, such as a
good old-fashioned book on tape or some other form of digitized book via a
reader like BookPort, etc.  If all else fails, I just put on the radio or
TV.  Not only do I think I get a better scan, but it's much quicker if you
do each function separately.

So here's what I do when I use Kurzweil.

First I test scan a few pages in different parts of the book just to see
what kind of scan I will get.  If it's a funky scan, I play around with the
optimizing settings or I change the recognition settings, but I'm getting
ahead of myself.

To scan I do the following:

1.  I go to settings and choose scanning.
2.  I arrow down once to set image scanning only.
3.  I tab once and set the page orientation such as right of scanner which
is typical for me when scanning two pages at once.
4.  I tab over and set the delay between scans to 3 seconds, but this should
be set for whatever makes you comfortable.
5.  I tab to OK and press enter.

Now I'm ready to scan.  I scan the whole book like this, or until I get
tired of scanning which may happen halfway through or whenever.

For the recognition phase, I do the following:

1.  I go to settings and arrow down to recognition and press enter.
2.  I disable column identification.
3.  Set it to recognize two pages.
4.  I tab over to text quality and leave it on normal if the test pages were
good, or set it for degraded if it was a poor scan.  I've never had to set
one for draft quality, yet.
5.  I tab over to set partial columns to ignore.
6.  I set it to retain blank pages.
7.  (And this may be the most important part), I choose FineReader 7 as my
selected recognition engine.
8.  I then tab to OK and press enter.

To start the recognition, I go back to settings and scanning, arrow down to
recognize only, shift tab to OK and then start the recognition.

Still, no matter how well you set things up, sooner or later you'll need to
rescan a few pages or add back in pages that got skipped.  I find these by
checking through the scan using the page down key and checking lines
periodically, discover the page numbers of the pages that need correction,
and then make my best guess as to where those might be in the book.  I use
the standard scan and recognize feature to spot scan pages until I find the
right pages, then I go back through all the settings above to get the best
scan possible.  This usually does the trick.  If it doesn't, then it's
usually because there is a table or diagram or something funky on the page
other than straight text.  That takes some trial and error to fix depending
on what it is and sometimes it takes a good ole sighted person to help you
figure it out!

Hope this helps.

Donna

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