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I am buying a new i-Mac with the Leopard System. I would like to use OmniPage OCR on it and am looking for an available scanner that supports this software My dealer advised Epson Perfection V-300, but that is described as a Photoscanner, which I don't need. I think he does not understand my needs; I am working with many languages and need to scan books in order tio study their lexicon. into my computer. I am used to OmniPage and get good results with it (using a HP all in machine for a Compaq. What woujld you adviuse me?

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  • minne_g_debo Jun 30, 2009

    Are there more people who prefer HP to Epson for OCR tasks?

  • minne_g_debo Jul 01, 2009

    Thanks.
    The document feeder is not necessary, since I copy books. instead perfection is important; that's why I need OmniPage. One of the books I want to scan is from the 17th century and has some funny character types, such as prolomnged s's; I must be able to train the software to understand it. Another is a Romanian book of the communist period; you can imagine the paper and print quality.
    I am not quite sure whar manufacurers mean by Doicument scanners; I guess they stress quantity.


  • minne_g_debo Jul 01, 2009

    Yes, I found the explanation very clear. I now know how to proceed with my dealer.Thanks so much.

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That's correct, "document scanners" in general are interested in fast input and output of scanned pages. For the work you do you'll need a high quality yet quick scanner.

I personally do prefer HP over any other brand for their better compatibility with various operating systems and support.

Scanners marketted as photo scanners may be ideal. They have the capability to scan various papers types (matt and glossy) and various quality (DPI).

I would recommend using their product chooser here and selecting the points which matter to you most. These are their business-line scanners and are usually more expensive. When you see the results, go through their recommended scanners to see if they are compatible with Mac.

Their home products are slightly cheaper and should still do the job well. They are here.

As you can see from this page, the document scanner description stresses speed over quality, and the photo scanner is the opposite. I would also recommend a photo scanner (photo being a general term for quality over speed).

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Hi There!

I've read from Mac forums that some do not recommend HP scanners with OCR.

http://forums.macworld.com/message/231497


Canon imageCLASS MF4320d or MF4350d supports Omnipage and is compatible with Mac OS X and above.

http://www.canon.com.ph/p/EN/71-Multi-function-Printers/142-Laser/366-imageCLASS-MF4320d/

Here's an article from Canon that provides instructions on how to use Canon scanners with Omnipage for Mac.

http://support-asia.canon-asia.com/contents/ASIA/EN/8000687403.html

Hope this helps.

Posted on Jun 30, 2009

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    Niqui Itliong Jun 30, 2009

    Also, if i may add. If you basically just want a document scanner and not into all-in-one printers, you may take a look at canon's document scanners: There are those with automatic document feeder for easy scanning.

    http://www.canon-asia.com/c/EN/20-Docume...


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    Niqui Itliong Jun 30, 2009

    Also, Epson Perfection V200 is already discontinued and replaced by V300. This scanner support Mac OS 10.5.x and has a bundled ABBYY OCR software.

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Hi there,

It's good to use a HP machine.. rather than Epson.

Thanks

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