[Athen] Scanning white text on black background

Weier, James A. JWeier at stlcc.edu
Wed Jan 9 17:18:57 PST 2008


Try this, right after you scan the document into ABBYY, but before you Read (OCR the image), go up to the menu bar at the top of ABBYY FineReader and select Image and from the drop down list choose Invert Image. That should change the text to black and the background to white. Then Read (OCR) the document and send to Word for cleanup.

We use ABBYY FineReader 7.0 Pro and always save our scanned textbook images to a TIF file. If your version of ABBYY is 9.0 (the newest version) it should still have this function.

Hope this helps.

James A. Weier
Adaptive Tech. Specialist/Access Office
St. Louis Community College
3400 Pershall Road
Ferguson, MO. 63135
314-513-4162 (voice)
314-513-4876 (fax)
jweier at stlcc.edu

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From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org on behalf of Tim Sears
Sent: Wed 1/9/2008 2:21 PM
To: athen at athenpro.org
Subject: [Athen] Scanning white text on black background

Hey all,

I am using Abbyy Fine Reader to scan a book (Inconvenient Truth by Gore) which has white text on black background. Does anyone have recommended settings to get abbyy to read this as text.

Tim Sears
Adaptive Technology Specialist
3200 Broadway Blvd.
Kansas City MO 64111
email: tim.sears at mcckc.edu
telephone: 816-759-1092
work cell: 816-853-2485
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