Is there a way to copy the information in a scanned image and paste it into a text file? Or convert a .ppm file to say, a .doc file?
My wife has to send some info via email attachment but isn’t sure if the recipient will be able to open/read it.
Edit: using Mint 13 KDE
Hi Rich, depends what the info is?
You can take pretty much any image, insert it into a OO/L.Office file, export it as a PDF which anyone can read - if you want to ‘extract’ text/images from a file, that may be a different animal - I used to scan documents for some people then chuck the image into a Libre office document and export it to PDF, makes the doc’ readable by anyone and a lot smaller for emailing if that’s an issue. HTH
If you mean OCR (Optical Character Recognition) there are a couple of free ones … but believe me when I say you’ll spend more time correcting their mistakes than just typing it out in the first place (even if you only have one finger)
I gather their is commercial OCR for Linux, but as in Windows it may not be cheap … indeed it may be more expensive as it’s aimed at the enterprise.
Thanks guys! It seems like it might be my mistake… :-[
I’d assumed the recipient would be opening the file in a Windows environment - seems she has some sort of tablet? I’ll get my wife to re-send the mail with the attached image in it’s original format (.ppm I think) and see if that works?
Serves me right for assuming… :
.ppm = portable pixel map … it’s a kinda bitmap image file.
might be worth either
a) converting it to something common like a jpg
b) printing it to a pdf
then sending one of those.