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Old 06-19-2009, 03:47 AM   #13
Gideon
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Well, I worked out a way around it.

I exported my 'cropped' to TIFF and then created a PDF with them again. After that, I ran OCR again. Ended up with about a 20 meg file but.. so it goes. Optimizing just makes it bigger at this point. But then I 'reduced PDF size' and it looked pretty rough on the computer, but looked good on the Kindle (and page turns weren't too slow.)

So... in conclusion:
  • Scan text at 300dpi B&W
  • Create PDF with images
  • Crop whitespace
  • Then go through and crop individual pages that extend beyond the text area (usually because of edges)
  • Export to TIFF files again
  • Create a NEW PDF with these files
  • Run OCR & optimize
  • Save a nice 'archive' copy
  • Then 'Save As...' and setup a new file.
  • Run 'Reduce File Size' at highest version interoperability (for me this was Adobe 8)
  • Pop into Calibre, adjust metadata and put on Kindle
  • Read, and bemoan your lack of Table of Contents because evidently Amazon doesn't actually use the features they create and realize what a stupid thing that was to leave out.

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I think Foxit is PC only, so it wouldn't really help. I have to run Windows in emulation which is good enough for scanning, but any real work needs to be done in Mac mode - it's too aggravating otherwise.
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