how can i print to a scanned document

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July 2, 2010 at 05:00:17
Specs: Windows 7
I'm trying to convert a scanned document to a pdf file so I can type to it. I have downloaded a free program called Primo but it is not working.

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July 2, 2010 at 06:05:45
PrimoPDF, like many other free PDF converters, installs as a printer and creates a PDF file when you "print" to it from another application.

These utilities do not allow for editing of the PDF file.

In most cases, what you need to is scan the document into a word processing application, such as MS Word, edit it and then print it to a PDF converter - assuming PDF is the final format you are going for.

In addition, your scanner software needs to have OCR (Optical Character Recognition) capabilities in order to create a file that can be edited.

If your scanner/scanner software is only capable of creating images from a scanned document, you won't be able to edit any text in the scanned file.

It is my understanding that there are free PDF creation utilities that allow for editing of the document, but I am not familiar with any of them so I can't make a recommendation. (Maybe somebody else will step up.) I just noticed that the PrimoPDF site offers a free trial of utility called nitroPDF, but it's $99 to purchase it.

My main point here is that utilities such as PrimoPDF, CutePDF and PDFcamp Printer are not going to allow you edit the PDF's that they create.

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July 2, 2010 at 06:16:48

Scanning a document creates an image of the document.

To be able to edit the text in the document you have to convert it from an image to actual text that can be recognized and used by a word processor.

The conversion process is called Optical Character Recognition, OCR for short.

Many scanners now come with OCR software. Look at the information that came with your scanner to see if there is an OCR program.

Microsoft Office also has a basic OCR program - here is one page about it.

Converting a scanned document such as a TIFF file to a pdf file will give you a non-editable pdf file - it will just be a series of page images.


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July 2, 2010 at 06:33:08
Foxit pdf reader has a 'typewriter' feature that lets you type text
onto pdf documents. I believe the newer free version puts some
sort of small watermark on (the paid for version doesn't), but
older versions didn't either, if you can track them down.

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