OCR (optical character recognition) program. Can convert to pdf and leave problematic recognized parts as images.
Loading a group of PNG files, performing OCR on them, and saving the results in text format both with and without linebreaks preserved.
What does not
Saving each page to its own file, whether using the "Create a separate file for each page" or the "Name files as source images" output modes.
What was not tested
Scanner integration, formatting, saving to any formats other than plain text, OCR training, custom languages and languages other than English.
Selecting a large group of image files (e.g., all three hundred pages of a book) in the load dialog is extraordinarily slow, but does work eventually. Rejoining hyphenated words while retaining linebreaks seems not to work with Distributed Proofreaders's "gutprep.pl" tool--the tool does this when running under Windows, using input made by running FineReader under Windows--but I've been unable to determine exactly why that is, and where the issue lies.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Ubuntu 12.10 "Quantal" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Nov 15 2012||1.4.1||Yes||Yes||Silver||an anonymous user|
|Show||Mandriva 2009.0||Jan 21 2009||1.1.12||Yes||Yes||Platinum||Spike|
|Current||Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Dec 19 2008||1.0.1||Yes||Yes||Bronze||an anonymous user|
|Show||Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jun 03 2008||1.0-rc3||Yes||Yes||Silver||an anonymous user|
|Show||Gentoo Linux||Jan 14 2008||0.9.53.||Yes||Yes||Silver||an anonymous user|
1. Install wine 1.0.1 or higher version
2. Insert the FineReader-CDROM into the drive
3. Open a console
4. In some distributions (slackware and others) you have to mount your cdrom as root, in other distributions (suse, mandriva and others) this step is not needed, but automagically done.
To become root type the command
Then mount the drive with the command
mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom
(or another mountpoint if needed)
Leave root-status with the command
5. Change directory to this drive with the command (different in different flavours of linux)
cd /media/FR70PRO (suse 10.1)
cd /mnt/FR70PRO (slackware 10.0)
6. Enter this command
msiexec /iABBYY\ FineReader\ 7.0\ Professional\ Edition.msi
7. Installation should begin. Follow the instructions.