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10.6: How to use OCR with HP multi-function printers
Authored by: orca1 on Feb 18, '10 08:21:26AM

I got the HP Scan.app software to work without any problems, including its IRIS OCR functionality. After the upgrade to Show Leopard, I simply tried to install the full featured HP software dated Sep 2009 and available on HP's website at http://tinyurl.com/dmjgvn. I was pleasantly surprised by how easy this app is to use and how well it performs. The PDFs that are generated are a bit larger than necessary, but I just post-process the documents with the quartz filter in Preview to reduce the file size.

I am using HP Scan.app v2.1.3 (7) on Mac OS X v10.6.2 on a MacBook Pro.

Hope this helps.



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10.6: How to use OCR with HP multi-function printers
Authored by: sjinsjca on Feb 18, '10 02:22:56PM

Y'know, if I had tried that, and it worked, I wouldn't have had to go down the path that led me to Tesseract. But I didn't try it because HP has all sorts of warnings not to do so.

Anybody have any idea why? They lost a ton of customer goodwill in this episode, and why do that if the old software works? Are there hidden consequences somewhere?



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10.6: How to use OCR with HP multi-function printers
Authored by: orca1 on Feb 18, '10 02:34:12PM

Yeah, I was confused as well since the HP apps are dated Sep of last year and even now after five months one gets the impression from the chats on the Web that no HP solution exists. But perhaps I just had dumb luck with these drivers, while they may not work for others?

Nevertheless, I much appreciate your effort and that you have shared your workaround with this community. Don't worry, it is just a matter of time until the next upgrade and HP software not working. Also, your hint is handy if one needs to do OCR on existing tiff files.

Again, thanks and keep the hints coming!



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10.6: How to use OCR with HP multi-function printers
Authored by: mchagers on Feb 19, '10 12:58:47AM

Apparently it would work sometimes, and not in other cases (models?).
Rather than fixing the problematic cases, HP chose to tell everyone to stop using the old software.

Before the driver update I tried every tip I could find, reinstalled the same HP software, it would install, it would start a scan and then report some obscure error that I couldn't find any info on.

Finally I just gave up, vowing to never buy an HP printer ever again. Then after a SL upgrade suddenly I could access the scanner from Preview (see my other comment of today).



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