[bksvol-discuss] Re: junk characters

  • From: "Monica Cortada" <mcortada@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2007 18:50:45 -0500

     Would this goofy idea work for stripping random graphic elements from
Word...   Saving as a text file is bad because you lose the page breaks, but
good because you also lose random graphics.  So, before saving the document
as a text file, preserve the page breaks.  FineReader converts page breaks
to Section breaks in Word.  Do a global Search and Replace for Section
Breaks (Edit to Replace to More to Special) and change them to something
unique that won't occur in the book, like your phone number.  Save as a text
file, close, open it up and the scanos are gone.  Again, globally replace
your phone number with a manual page break (Edit to Replace to More to
Special).  Resave the file in .rtf format.

     The paragraph indents are changed to spaces when converted to text (as
would any tables or temporary margins for long quotations) which is why rtf
is the standard.  Certainly this trick won't be suitable for all documents,
but many novels would be unaffected by the process because they don't have
any fancy formatting to lose.  

    About Scan and Read in FineReader 8.0, yes it scans and reads.  A few
items down on the Process menu is an item for Automated Tasks where you can
scan, read, and have it all sent to Word.

     One way of cutting down on random lines and other weird graphic items
is to set a custom page size to avoid scanning the edge of the paper. It
takes some tinkering, 

M in M (Monica in Maryland)

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  • From: "GenePoole" <captinlogic@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2007 09:14:29 -0500
Yah, most of the settings are default. I don't export the entire batch to
rtf, instead, I export a few pages at a time and read through them in a
program called StratusPad then paste each page in word, then putting a page
break in. This takes a while, but I usually get very good results when I
submit by doing it this way. But, I tested it out and those junk characters
do not occur in the same place at the same time, rather, they pop up
randomly, and the scanner is clean. 600 resolution takes far too long, up to
a minute per page, and I am currently scanning a 400 page book, that's a
lotta time. Also, upping the resolution doesn't help all the time. I don't
have kurzweil, though I wish I did, since, like you said, it strips graphics
and such. I am lucky to have a pair of eyes available to help with that,
though. What exactly are the brightness and grayscale settings for? Does
increasing or decreasing brightness help? I can always try them out but I am
wondering and, yes, I'm lazy, so I ask. And the booklover in me cannot abide
cutting a poor defenseless book into pieces to feed into it. I can almost
hear the paperbacks on the shelf screaming.
One more question. In the process menu of finereader, there's a menu option
that says scan/read. Can you just get it to scan and after you've finished
scanning then read the pages? Thanks a lot, folks.

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