[Athen] ABBYY Fine Reader 9 Problems

Pratik Patel pratikp1 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 23 14:37:11 PST 2008

I would highly recommend that you use gray scale only as an option when you
need it. For most texts, you will find that the 300 or 400 DPI will
suffice. Because of the details included in the gray scale image files, the
large sizes are a common occurrence. Depending on the scanner you are
using, you can achieve similar results if you use the drop color feature.
FR9's new style processing for MS Word also creates larger file sizes. The
other suggestion is to use the scanner utility to scan images and then
process them in FR. I'm assuming here that you are using FR to scan as well
as to OCR. If you're not, it may just be that FR is retaining a lot more
gray scale info in the tif images it stores.

Hope this is useful.


-----Original Message-----
From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Marks, Jim
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2008 5:29 PM
To: Access Technologists in Higher Education Network
Subject: [Athen] ABBYY Fine Reader 9 Problems

We just upgraded from ABBYY Fine Reader 8 to version 9, and find
ourselves slammed by the huge files the new version creates. Anyone
know whether it's possible to tell Fine Reader 9 to work with smaller
files? We scan in 300 DPI resolution and in grey scale from within Fine
Reader. To give you an idea of what we are facing, all of our fall
e-text required 2.5 Gb of hard disk space. That was with using version
8 of Fine Reader. With version 9, we have used up 40 Gb of space, and
we've hardly begun our conversions. Either we are doing something wrong
or the new version is a memory pig of exponential dimensions. Thanks in
advance for any advice!

Jim Marks
Director of Disability Services
University of Montana
jim.marks at umontana.edu

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