Canon Printer MG5450 Need to Scan in OCR

  Shikaree 19:02 PM 01 Dec 13
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Hi Folks,

I have a Canon Printer Pixma MG 5450. It does not allow me to Scan in OCR Though it says OCR Scanning. I have always used Lexmark and it did OCR very easily. I need to Scan a large document in OCR then Copy & Paste to my Website.

Please HELP!!

Thanks

  Shikaree 19:05 PM 01 Dec 13

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Hi Folks,

I have a Canon Printer Pixma MG 5450. It does not allow me to Scan in OCR Though it says OCR Scanning. I have always used Lexmark and it did OCR very easily. I need to Scan a large document in OCR then Copy & Paste to my Website.

Please HELP!!

Thanks

  Ian in Northampton 19:23 PM 01 Dec 13

I've never used a Canon, but with the Epsons and HPs I've used in the past, there was always OCR software that you had to install.

  chub_tor 19:33 PM 01 Dec 13

Most printer scanners will let you scan to a picture file and then that file can be imported into a separate ocr programme. Can you not do that?

  alanrwood 21:39 PM 01 Dec 13

Do you have an OCR program installed. They usually come with the printer in a strip down version.

  HenryF75 12:23 PM 02 Dec 13

It is difficult to be specific not knowing all your software details but I had a similar problem and found the information in this Blogvery helpful,particularly the workaround using Google Docs which I have used with success. One warning though: the converted google dock contains the original image as well as the editable one, so make sure you go to the second page.

  Shikaree 19:25 PM 02 Dec 13

Ian in Northampton, chub_tor, alanrwood, HenryF75,

Thanks very much for all your advise. On my Canon I can only see JPG & PDF Photo & Document. I can't see OCR.

Can I download an OCR Software. On my iMac I have Acrobat Reader 5.

I can Scan Pictures and Import & Export can't do that with the PDF Image.

Thanks

  chub_tor 20:29 PM 02 Dec 13

I have not tried this but click here is one free ocr programme to get you going. I am surprised that Canon has not included some ocr software among their utility programmes, they usually do and it should be on the disk that came with the printer.

  alanrwood 22:33 PM 02 Dec 13

I am very surprised that Canon have not included an OCR on your install disk. I would guess it is there but you have not installed it.

The functions you mention (jpg,pdf) just mean that the scan will take place and the document will be in the jpg or pdf format on completion. You will certainly need an OCR program if there is not one already on your Canon driver disk. Usually they are called Abby Fine Reader, OmniPage Pro or similar. Google "OCR software" and there are quite a few free OCR programs. Can't say how good they are as I use Abbyy Fine Reader and it does a pretty good job.

  Shikaree 23:55 PM 02 Dec 13

chub_tor,alanrwood,

I have an iMac, will Abbyy Fine Reader work with my iMac. I used before with my PC. and Lexmark Printers.

  chub_tor 09:15 AM 03 Dec 13
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