Once again I’ve decided I needed to work on the memoirs of my grandfather Roland Li-Marchetti. I had digitized 16 pages many years ago but his memoirs contain a total of 45 pages of typed text. The last time I worked on this, I was using the OCR software that came with my scanner (a cheap Canon LiDE 25) – but today the scanner was no longer recognized by the operating system. I faintly remember having experienced this before when I upgraded my system. Bit rot!
Anyway, I was in the mood to try something new. Free Software?
(While the stuff is compiling, I am in fact using a free online OCR service.)
Here is the original, taken with my Pentax K100D, loaded into Gimp, rotated, cropped, and auto-adjusted levels.
The tesseract output is pretty cool:
que mes vingt prochaines années soient aussi riches d'aventures et de bonheur auprès des miens, main dans la main avec Agnès mon inséparable complice qui a beaucoup sacrifié et que j'espère pouvoir encore rendre heureuse.
(When I tried it on a direct photo of the page the result was far less pleasing.)
for ((i=20; i<=46; i++)); do tesseract IMGP$((5210+$i)).JPG "page-$i" -l fra done