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Any way to convert book scans into PDF with vector text?

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Jackson342
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Any way to convert book scans into PDF with vector text?

Post by Jackson342 » 04 Sep 2017, 18:06

Any way to convert PDF book scans into PDFs with vector text? I want to convert the IMAGES of text into VECTOR text.

What is the best way to do this? What software do I need?

dtic
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Re: Any way to convert book scans into PDF with vector text?

Post by dtic » 06 Sep 2017, 15:16

Adobe Acrobat Pro has a good vectorization/"fontirization" feature. It was previously called ClearScan but now the option is called "Editable text and images".

Read more about it here
http://blogs.adobe.com/acrolaw/2009/05/ ... n_is_smal/
https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1810210

Adobe has a trial version of Acrobat Pro DC where you can test the feature.

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Re: Any way to convert book scans into PDF with vector text?

Post by Jackson342 » 07 Sep 2017, 16:29

dtic wrote:
06 Sep 2017, 15:16
Adobe Acrobat Pro has a good vectorization/"fontirization" feature. It was previously called ClearScan but now the option is called "Editable text and images".

Read more about it here
http://blogs.adobe.com/acrolaw/2009/05/ ... n_is_smal/
https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1810210

Adobe has a trial version of Acrobat Pro DC where you can test the feature.
Thank you for your response dtic! Do you know if this is only program with this feature? Do you know if ABBYY does this? So far I have only been using ABBYY to convert from PDF to Microsoft Word.

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Re: Any way to convert book scans into PDF with vector text?

Post by dtic » 08 Sep 2017, 17:40

Jackson342 wrote:
07 Sep 2017, 16:29
Do you know if this is only program with this feature?
I don't know any other that has it, though I haven't tested ABBYY and some similar competitors in a long time so there might be something out there. https://github.com/ncraun/smoothscan is an opensource attempt but is far from Acrobat in text quality and seems to be no longer in development.

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Re: Any way to convert book scans into PDF with vector text?

Post by duerig » 09 Sep 2017, 12:27

I should add that there are a number of open source pixel-image-to-vector conversion tools around. I tried a number of them and was impressed by neither the compression nor the quality. It is possible that one or more of them has made advances since then, and you can do a search on Github or generally to find a few different project.

But I think if you really want vector representation, your best bet is to try the Adobe ClearScan, like dtic recommends.

-Jonathon Duerig

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