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10.6: How to use OCR with HP multi-function printers
Authored by: sjinsjca on Feb 18, '10 02:04:55PM

No OCR is yet available from HP for my top-of-the-line, 2006-vintage OfficeJet multifunction.

Maybe they're helping customers with other models, but not me.

I have no complaint about the printer or what functionality is available right now, but when they declined to support OCR after the dust settled following SL's release, they took away part of what I paid for.

Meanwhile, gotta say, it makes no sense to have to go to System Preferences, Print & Fax, and then hit a "Scan" tab in order to access my scanner. A very un-Mac user experience.

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10.6: How to use OCR with HP multi-function printers
Authored by: mchagers on Feb 19, '10 12:50:42AM

This may depend on the specific printer type, but after the upgrade to 10.6.2 (I believe, it may also have been 10.6.1) the driver for my HP 1350 AIO was updated to allow the use of it's scanner through the standard SL imaging interface. This means I can now open Preview, choose File->Import from scanner->HP 1350
and it will let me scan from the application (and save as uncompressed tif right away).
This will work for all apps that support the imaging interface, which includes at least Preview and Image Capture.
In addition you can use the Capture Image Service in other apps to scan/import the image through Image Capture. This works well in Pages for instance.

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