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dilemmax
« on: September 09, 2005 05:27:11 AM »

Does anyone know where I can find a good/free OCR program?

Thanks!
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dancingbarefoot
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2005 02:48:58 PM »

I don't know of any free Japanese OCR programs (or even any *good* ones, for that matter). Some have free demos, but then you have to cough up big bucks to keep using it. Kanji Scan is one of them, but I couldn't find a working website for them. Maybe they don't offer a free demo anymore.

This site explains the basics of Japanese OCR: http://www.sandg-anime-reviews.net/scanner.htm

OCR is spotty at best in any language, and the Japanese scripts make it even more complicated to get good OCR results.

May I ask what you want to scan? If it's a lot of text, it would be easier in the long run to type it again, rather than going through the OCR results and scanning for mistakes. (IMHO)
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dilemmax
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2005 03:56:03 AM »

I bought a few Japanese craft books from Kinokuniya and I was hoping to get it translated into English. Drawing the Japanese characters in Microsoft office is too tedious.

Do you know where I can find more translation website like babelfish?
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dancingbarefoot
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2005 09:33:37 AM »

I bought a few Japanese craft books from Kinokuniya and I was hoping to get it translated into English. Drawing the Japanese characters in Microsoft office is too tedious.

Do you know where I can find more translation website like babelfish?

Ah. In that case, OCR will probably be more trouble than you'd like. It's difficult enough to use Japanese OCR when you do speak Japanese. If you don't know Japanese, I think it'll be too time consuming to check for OCR errors.

Jim Breen's translator is pretty nice, but it just does vocab (i.e., you have to know the grammar):
http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/cgi-local/breen/wwwjdic?9T

I know you're hoping for a quick solution, but the current state of machine translation technology is horrendous. You can try it and see what you get, but don't be surprised if the 'English' it tosses back at you is completely incomprehensible. Human language is, thus far, too complicated for computers to get right.  Wink

I think your best option might be scanning the pages and asking people to translate them for you.
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