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the process of converting an image, printed text, handwriting, etc. into a digital image by using a scanner

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HP Easy Scan - "HP Scanner 3" will damage your computer

I have been using a HP Envy 4500 printer with my iMac for 2 years using HP Easy Scan - with no issues. Today I tried to scan a document, when I press the "scan" button on the app a pop-up ...
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Looking for Software to Scan or Convert to Searchable and Signable PDF

I have the occasional need to scan and/or convert scanned images into PDF format. OS X Mountain Lion does this natively, but as far as I can tell it's just an image wrapped in a PDF, so text selection,...
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What scriptable OCR Software exists on OSX for a paperless office [duplicate]

I'm planning to get a paperless office and for that, I a need good scriptable piece of OCR for OS X? I've read a blogpost by Marco Arment about a few programs. Are there any workable ones there that ...
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"Import from Scanner" greyed out in Preview app

I have a Canon Pixma MG6300 printer/scanner for which I properly installed the drivers. I know it is supposed to show in the Preview app under File > Import from Scanner. This menu item, however, ...
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All older printers are not working in macOS v11 (Big Sur)

Equipment: Brother MFC-8890DW and Brother MFC-9320CW I suspect it will work on: All older printers with Big Sur! On upgrade to Big Sur, I found that my 8-year old expensive Brother MFC printers would ...
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Automator-script with an OCR-software to automatically add OCR to material? [duplicate]

The OCR software could be anything like PDFPen, ABBYY FineReader Express or Adobe Acrobat Pro. Automator does not list any features such as 'Add OCR layer to' or show any OCR programs under Automator. ...
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Reducing the size of a black-and-white scanned pdf

I have a 352 page pdf that is a scan of a black-and-white text. The file size is 60.9 MB, which seems excessively large too me. (Is it indeed?) Is there an easy way to convert this file to a more ...
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How I can get OSX to recognize Canon MP560 Scanner again?

I have a Cannon MP560 that kept having communications errors. One of the suggestions I read was to remove the printer from the print & scan menu and re-add it. Once I did that the scanner ...
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Brother MFC Scanner not recognized any more

I have a Brother MFC-1910W connected by WIFI (multi functional wireless b/w laser printer, scanner and fax). Since a few days I cannot use the scanner any more. In the first place the scanner icon ...
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How can I access my scanner directly without going through System Preferences?

Since my printer has scanning capabilities, the Printers & Scanners pane in System Preferences has the "Scan" tab available. This is the only known place to start and scan one's document. I am ...
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Scanner not appearing in macOS 10.13 High Sierra over network

My multifunction Printer / Scanner doesn't have any scanning functions available under macOS 10.13 High Sierra while connected over network. The scanner function worked over network under macOS 10.10 ...
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