How can i convert Irfanview files to Word

October 15, 2012 at 21:27:04
Specs: Windows XP
I had a problem earlier trying to post files to facebook. I downloaded and used Irfanview. worked wonderfully But It converted ALL my scanned files to Irfanview. I want to convert those non picture files to Word.
I can't find any method to do so
Please help

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#1
October 15, 2012 at 23:15:00
Scanned pictures and documents are automatically converted to graphics files (usually JPG or TIFF) at the time of scanning. You cannot convert graphics files to Word files.

If they are already 'DOC' or 'DOCX' files, they don't need converting. They just need "associating" with Microsoft Word instead of IrfanView. In XP you can do that as explained here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307859


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#2
October 15, 2012 at 23:23:40
Can't it be done with some kind of OCR program?

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#3
October 15, 2012 at 23:46:23
Collou... no it still saves as a jpeg on the OCR'd programme. You could try this one though: http://www.paperfile.net/ It's free and I use it.

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#4
October 16, 2012 at 08:41:35
We don't know what files you are talking about.

Yes, there are many OCR programs that can work to some degree if the text is readable and standard and is clear enough. Not sure why Google stopped work on the product they bought but you can try it or some commercial program. The commercial ones do better in all test usually.


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#5
October 16, 2012 at 08:57:32
go into word, click on open, change the second field to all files, click on the file and see if it opens

:: mike


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#6
October 16, 2012 at 08:58:27
"But It converted ALL my scanned files to Irfanview"

What does that mean? Irfanview is viewing software, not a file type. If you don't have the file extensions enabled in XP, turn them on so you know which file type you're working with. The red Irfanview icon is the program association, not the file type. If you accepted the default settings when you installed it, all image files (jpg, bmp, gif, etc) will now open with Irfanview when double clicked on. Rather than double clicking, try right clicking then highlite "Open With" & you'll find other programs such as Paint, Windows Picture & Fax Viewer, possibly others.

http://www.fileinfo.com/help/window...

Regardless, the Irfanview program has nothing to do with your problem posting to Facebook. If for some reason you want your photos contained in a word doc, just open Word, then either drag the image file into the word doc, or copy/paste the image file, or use the Insert feature.


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#7
October 16, 2012 at 14:19:22
I agree, what viewer you are using (IrfranView in this instance) should have no affect on you getting pictures into Word. They are still jpg files, it's just that you happen to be viewing them with IrfanView. Their icons will change but that should not affect anything you previously used to be able to do.

For example you should be able to open Word then insert a picture that you have scanned. It matters little whether it is text or an actual picture - scanning produces an image in both cases.

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#8
October 16, 2012 at 15:44:35
no it still saves as a jpeg on the OCR'd programme.

No it doesn't. OCR programme save their files in a text format ranging from plain text to MS word format. Some OC programme with even save their files as PDF.

That the whole point of OCR, to convert graphics imagine or a printed page into machine readable text. To a scanner a printed page and a graphics image is no different.

Stuart


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#9
October 16, 2012 at 16:06:27
The files i am talking about are old writings that I did on a typewriter years ago. I scanned them. but I want to convert them to word so that I can edit and use in a book I am doing.

When I needed to post a scanned picture to facebook, I was unable to do so until I used Infanview. So that issue is solved.
As I said when I converted the pictures to Infanview, it converted all the scanned items to Infanview. I don't know what file type that is
the files open fine but I want to convert them to word
I'm having a problem installing Free OCR and have given up on it and am going to look for another program.
I have SimpleOCR which works fine when a document is scanned.( I didi''t have it when I originally scanned) Problem is: I'm not sure I can now find all my original papers.to scan again.Suppose I could print them all out and start over


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#10
October 16, 2012 at 16:31:21
The files that you typed and then scanned will have produced jpg files (ie "pictures" of what you typed). IrfanView has only changed the program that you use to "view" these pictures when you double click them, nothing else. Even if you dumped IrfanView you would still have the same issue to solve.

These "pictures of text" can be inserted into Word but you will not be able to edit the text from there. This is the job of an OCR program, which converts pictured text into real characters in Word or similar.

The only other way is to first edit these pictures of text using Paint but it is a fiddling process. They could then be inserted into Word as edited pictures of text.

EDIT:
I found this. You upload your text images using the Browse button and it coverts them. Presumably you can then copy/paste the text into Word:
http://www.free-ocr.com/
OCR is never perfect so it might get the odd thing wrong.

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#11
October 16, 2012 at 16:41:13
Glad to have you back as adviser Derek. I always treasure what you have to say

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#12
October 16, 2012 at 16:42:19
No problem - hope you saw my EDIT above.

Here's a bit more. Take a look here, it covers both online OCR and free programs you can download:
http://www.freewaregenius.com/how-t...

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#13
October 17, 2012 at 22:29:33
I beg to differ StuartS... OCR will scan a picture as a picture and usually the picture needs to be framed and the OCR programme must be instructed to scan as "Jpeg ot Tiff". It will scan text as readable text or if the picture contains text that must also be framed and the programme must be instructed to read as "text"... there are steps to be followed in all OCR programmes but they are essentially the same.

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#14
October 17, 2012 at 23:24:30
All of the suggested sites are a pain to download with all their "offers" etc. However I did . Then found them either difficult or impossible to use.
I uninstalled them all
BUT I found this: AdvancedOCRFree.
http://www.pdfcore.com/p02_advanced...
It is a simple and quick download. Very easy to use and has tutorial I converted my documents to Word with no problem

Thanks everyone for your input and help


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#15
October 18, 2012 at 08:04:05
I'm afraid having to reject offers has become something of a way of life these days, especially on free stuff.

I did wonder afterwards if your original OCR program that came with the scanner could have been invoked for your purposes. I have one which came with my scanner and it will work on any images (not just scanned ones).

Whavever, alls well that ends well, so thx for popping back to let us know.

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#16
October 18, 2012 at 16:33:29
It would have simplified the discussion if the Op had said in the first instance that the "documents" were not jpegs as was inferred by the use of the description "Irfanview", I naturally assumed that the OP was trying to convert a picture into text.

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#17
October 18, 2012 at 16:38:15
Re#16

Now I'm confused LOL:
I naturally assumed that the OP was trying to convert a picture into text

I still think that is the case (effectively) - did you read it as something else?

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#18
October 18, 2012 at 16:49:41
In one post the OP says:
The files i am talking about are old writings that I did on a typewriter years ago. I scanned them. but I want to convert them to word so that I can edit and use in a book I am doing

In a subsequent post the OP says:

Very easy to use and has tutorial I converted my documents to Word with no problem

If, in the first instance the documents had been scanned as a jpeg then the OCR programme could have been used to "read the text".

If, in the second instance the documents had been scanned as text as in "tiff" the OCR programme would have no difficulty in converting to editable documents.

The very first posting gives the impression that the OP wanted to convert a graphic as in jpeg to a text document which cant be done unless you follow the principles in my post #13.


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#19
October 18, 2012 at 17:05:49
In my very first post I said "I want to convert these NON PICTURE files to Word"
I don't see why there was any confusion At any rate the problem is solved

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#20
October 18, 2012 at 17:06:35
re #18
Hmm no wonder I got confused - thx for amplification.

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#21
October 18, 2012 at 17:14:31
Collou

I think "pictures" -v- "pictures of text" is part of the confusion in this situation.

Don't worry about it, just a misunderstanding and as you say it is now sorted anyway.

Happy computing

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#22
October 18, 2012 at 17:18:19
You guys are all too sophisticated. Remember I'm just a dumb old country boy trying to exist in a modern world
thanks for your help

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#23
October 18, 2012 at 18:52:31
... ahah, now I see. Thanks for clearing that up. Spot on observation Derek.

Regards

PS: Collou, thanks for the second free OCR link.


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#24
October 20, 2012 at 20:43:27
Thanks all

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