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By phdj2000 ·
Hi,
One of our departments requires that a project is initiated to design survey forms that can be scanned in, then reports produced. They want some advise on the viability of this and the amount of work involved.
I have never come accross any software that can successfully scan in text without it being full of mistakes so I doubt that it's viable.
Perhaps I am wrong.

Can anyone suggest any appropriate software or methodologies.

Phil.

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by BlackDiamond In reply to Scanning text

Hey,

You are probabaly correct that there is no perfect way to convert scanned items. We use Paperport it does a reasonbly good job for what we scan.
http://tinyurl.com/gbj9

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by dmiles In reply to Scanning text

Scanning in text is a time-saving way of getting your existing printed text into electronic form. A scanner is required that uses optical character reading (OCR) software. Note that this software is usually separate from image scanning software. Most new model scanners come with both graphic and OCR scanning software.

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by TheChas In reply to Scanning text

OCR is working fairly well for clear typed text.

If you are talking about hand written text, the technology is not there yet to do this reliably across multiple writers.

You would need to restrict the input to clear block letters of consistentsize.

This is why you see some forms with individual boxes for each letter.

If you can, design the forms with fill in boxes for each answer.
Spend some extra time coming up with enough options for each question to cover over 90% of the expected responses.

Then, you can use a template system instead of character recognition to capture the data.

Chas

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by D-CEd In reply to Scanning text

Although this is probably not viable in your situation, the best option is to get the survey filled out on the internet. This allows saving without any extra effort.

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by md_hashim In reply to Scanning text

The software that comes with most scanners itself is good for optical resolution. Make sure your forms have large enough font sizes and - assuming they'll be keyed in on a computer - make sure the boxes in which data is keyed in also support large font sizes - Hashim

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