Converting Scanned Documents Into Editable Text

You can scan a document and convert the text into a format data that you can edit with a word processing program. This process is called OCR (Optical Character Recognition). To scan and use OCR, you need to use an OCR program, such as the ABBYY FineReader program.
ABBYY FineReader Sprint Plus may not be included in some countries.
OCR software cannot recognize or has difficulty recognizing the following types of documents or text.
Handwritten characters
Items that have been copied from other copies
Text with tightly spaced characters or line pitch
Text that is in tables or underlined
Cursive or italic fonts, and font sizes less than 8 points
Follow the steps below to scan and convert text using ABBYY FineReader.
Load only the first page of your documents into the input tray. See Loading Documents for instructions.
Do one of the following to start ABBYY FineReader.
Windows: Select the start button or Start > Programs or All Programs > ABBYY FineReader 6.0 Sprint > ABBYY FineReader 6.0 Sprint.
Mac OS X: Select Applications > ABBYY FineReader 5 Sprint Plus, and double-click the Launch FineReader 5 Sprint icon.
ABBYY FineReader window appears.
Click the Scan&Read icon at the top of the window. Epson Scan starts.
Note for Mac OS X users:
If you do not see a Scan&Read icon, choose Select Scanner from the Scan&Read menu, select your scanner, and click OK. Then select Scan&Read from the Scan&Read menu to start Epson Scan.
Select one of these settings as the Document Source setting.
Single-Sided: Select this setting when you scan only one side of your document page.
Double-Sided: Select this setting when you scan both sides of your document page.
Carrier Sheet (Single-Sided): Select this setting when you scan irregular shaped documents or documents with folds or wrinkles using the carrier sheet.
Carrier Sheet (Stitch Images): Select this setting when you scan A3, B4, or US B size documents using the carrier sheet. Epson Scan scans images with double-sided setting, then outputs a stitched image.
Select the size of your original document as the Size setting.
Select Portrait (tall) or Landscape (wide) to change the orientation of your document.
Select Auto, Color, Grayscale, or Black & White as the Image Type setting.
Select 400 as the Resolution setting.
Click Preview to preview your image(s). The scanner loads the first page of your documents, then Epson Scan prescans it and displays it in the Preview window. The scanner then ejects your first page.
Preview function will be available from the updated version of Epson Scan (ver.3.61). Access the Epson Web site to get the updated driver. See Technical Support Web Site for information.
If necessary, you can draw a marquee (a line marking the scan area) around the portion of your document page that you want to scan in the Preview window. See Creating a Marquee on a Preview Image for instructions.
Make any other necessary Image Adjustment settings. See Adjusting the Color and Other Image Settings for details.
Place the first page of your documents on top of the rest of the pages, then load the entire document (up to 75 pages) into the scanner with the printed side facing down and the top edge facing into the feeder.
Click Scan. Your document is scanned, processed into editable text, and opened in the ABBYY FineReader window.
If the characters in your text are not recognized very well, you can improve recognition by selecting the Text Enhancement check box or adjusting the Threshold setting. See Adjusting the Color and Other Image Settings for instructions.
Follow the instructions in ABBYY FineReader Help to edit and save your document.