Scanning Text and Images: 483

This is really quite simple, at least this part. Please go either to the Electronic Text Center in Alderman, or to The Multimedia Center in Clemons.. Ask to see the documentation on Omnipage Pro 5.0 and read it; this will take a couple of hours.

Go away.

Next, go back to the course syllabus and note the assigned readings that are marked(R). This is a bundle of xeroxed articles placed on reserve in Clemons Library. You should select the article(s) you want to work with for your scanning project by initialing the article on the index attatched to the cover of each bundle. Your job is to convert these print texts into digital texts by scanning them, saving them as Caere (.met), reloading them (as .met files), processing through the Optical Character Reader (OCR), and then saving them as ASCII text files (.txt).

This is not brain surgery, but it isn't just running a xerox machine either. Plan ahead! 1) Each article is due in my hands (via eMail or on disk placed in my mailbox) Friday noon of the week before it is to be read by the class OR no later than Friday 11/1. I'm trying to insure that this work gets done fairly early in the course so you can build on the skills involved and so you aren't tempted to put off the work to the last moment. 2) If the Reserve copy is a good one, copy it and return the original to Reserve; if it is not good (e.g., in some instances, the library has reduced the image size to save paper and the print size is small enough for the Optical Character Reader to have trouble making sense of it), go to the original source and make a better xerox copy of the material.

I also want to learn to scan images and manipulate them in Image Assistant.the graphics application that comes with OmiPage Find a graphic you would like to use as the image on your own home page: scan it at 100 dots per inch (dpi); it should be nore more than 200 pixels by 200 pixels; it should be saved in .gif format.

All of this should be a good deal clearer once you've read through the documentation.


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