scanning forms as editable documents

Lexmark X5650 all-in-one printer
March 10, 2010 at 16:51:48
Specs: Windows 7
I want to scan a form into my pc and in the future use it to fill in and print out with different information but on the same form use it as a master so to speak but I don't know what program or application will let me do this can you help plzzzzzzzz

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#1
March 10, 2010 at 20:51:27
Some scanners include extensive software, some of them include forms in the software. Just read all of the advertising material on each scanner in your price range and when you narrow it down to between 3 to 5 choices, visit other sites for reviews and even the manufacturers site for additional features. Others may be able to recommend free or low cost scanning software that would work for you. I have not purchased a scanner in a number of years, but I did some research recently, and there are forms software available and included in some. Your best bet is one that saves in PDF format for easiest printing and portability.

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March 11, 2010 at 08:29:46
thank you so much for replying I have recently bought a new printer that scans but I'am at a loss as to what to do with it after I scan it again thanks so much

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#3
March 11, 2010 at 14:22:41
As above, you may have it already as part of the scanner. May be junk too.

You need to scan into what is normally called OCR application. It is usually tied in with your scanner and may dump the output to your default word processor. There you can edit it to some extent. Forms and graphics are difficult to process. Only text will be converted.

Examples.
http://www.pcmag.com/category2/0,28...

Might be free versions out there too.

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#4
March 11, 2010 at 14:41:13
mecharmed... what you have scanned is effectively a .jpeg or .bmp (depending on your settings) picture file and as such cannot be edited. Follow jefro's advice above and investigate what OCRs (Optical Character Readers) do and what programmes are available.

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#5
March 11, 2010 at 20:22:07
I believe that I saw a few OCR's listed that mentioned they supported forms when I googled, but I do not believe they were the free ones, and the use I had (helping someone installing a new copier as scanner for their office) did not require that feature.

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