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Thursday, December 18th, 2008
9:34 pm
I'm scanning something that is formatted in columns, and FineReader has recognized almost every page as tables. I checked "Only find tables with explicit seperators" under the Read tab in Tools > Options, but it still recognized tables on almost all the pages. Is there any way to disable tables entirely for the whole document like you can do in Kurzweil? If not, I may just have to export it as an image-only PDF and run it through K1000.
Saturday, June 7th, 2008
10:32 am
FineReader and Languages
I'm using FineReader to scan a book about learning French. Hence, it has passages in borh French and English.

I can't figure out how to get FineReader to recognize two sets of languages on the same page. If I set it to English then it doesn't put accents on any words; if I set it to French it puts accents on all wrods, including English ones that shouldn't have accents. Anyone have any ideas?

I've tried using Kurzweil and for some reason it won't touch this one. It captures a horrible quality image whle FineReader gets a nice clean one, even wtih the same settings.
Saturday, May 3rd, 2008
7:54 am
ZoomText and FineReader
I'm wondering if there's anyone who uses ZoomText 9.0 and FineReader 9.0 here. I use the two together and, on numerous occasions FineReader will give me a whole string of error messages (like maybe 20 right after another) and then crash completely. It never does this without ZoomText running, although unfortunately I don't run it for long periods of time without ZoomText due to not being able to see it. I do have JAWS 8.0 on here, though, and when I run FineReader and JAWS it never crashes.

Anyone else have this experience? ny idea how I might fix it? I'm using FineReader to scan books, so it's rather annoying when it happens repeatedly (I'm very glad FineReader does automatic saves!).

Cross-posted to blind_tec.
Thursday, April 10th, 2008
2:24 pm
CBA E-text standards
I don't know if this will actually be useful to anyone since it pertains more to the professional production of e-text rather than personal use, although it might be useful for people scanning books to put in a repository such as Bookshare or for students at a university. I found a link to a 27-page document outlining standards for e-text production from the Canadian Braille Authority. It covers useful things such as how to represent a table, diagram, sidebar, etc. in a linear text format.

The link to open/download it is E-Text Structure Guidelines, and there is also a document with examples (although not all are accessible to screen readers) at E-text Examples. Both are Microsoft Word files.
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