Originally posted by Devils Advocate
[B]Well guys, I bought the “Mustek ScanExpress 1200 UB Plus 600x1200 dpi USB Flatbed Scanner”. I posted in another thread that I mainly wanted to use it to digitise my notes, after a rather unfortunate meeting between a jug of water and my washable, fountain pen inked notes.
Since I forgot to mention that I will be going through about a dozen or more 3-inch thick folders filled with A4 notes, I wanted to do it as fast as possible too.
Since the popular connection for scanners is the USB cable, if we compare a 600x1200 dpi scanner with a 1200x2400 dpi scanner, both with the same connection, the 600x1200 dpi scanner would be able to scan a fixed number of pages faster, right? (because it has less data to transmit)
Finally, a question about image-recognition software. Is it possible to get one that can convert scanned font into actual word-processable font, instead of an image? If that is the case, then as long as your scanner can resolve the letters to sufficient resolution for your image rec. software to make out, the end result would be the same for both a low/high res scanner, right?
OCR (optical character recognition) software is avaliable, the quality of it however is much to be desired.
I have heard of some OCR programs reading handwriting BUT only printed, and very clearly printed, no running writing.
Besides, you will find that you will have to go over your scans anyways, as the OCR often makes mistakes and needs to be corrected as words and letters are left out or mistaken.
USB or scsi are the interfaces to get…dont bother with parralell.
i think you are up for a fairly large task of scanning, as you would of found out by now, each scan can take up to and above 20 minutes on the higher resolutions.