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    Project Manual Scan.

    My winter project has been to scan and PDF the Factory Polaris manual 1992-1998. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...196641360&rd=1

    I started with my flatbed that i had and it was not cutting it. So I found one one e-bay and the deal went sour (Paypal Claim)Item number: 110220671101

    Next I found another.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWN:IT&ih=002
    Nice scanner duplex and fast. One problem that I had was the manual has thick wax coated pages and every so often It would not feed.(No big deal a little acetone on the rollers to make them sticky)

    Than I had to find the best driver settings for the results that I was looking for. This was all trial and error. (Thanks to K447 for some guidance on the settings.)
    I decided to upgrade to Acrobat8 it has a really nice scanner interface and OCR output.

    Here is a sample of the 785 manual this is in raw scan form and still needs to be touched-up and indexed with bookmarks and such.

    I have the whole manual scanned 602 pages waiting to be touched up and indexed.

    Special thanks goes out to K447 for offering to scan the document for me. I like a challenge.....

    I have a lot more stuff to add when this is done.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...207778176&rd=1
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    Last edited by beerdart; 03-02-2008 at 02:49 PM. Reason: Indexed TOC


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    Heck Yea!!!!!!! Great idea and looks great!!!!!!! You kick [email protected]@ Steve, This beer is for you!!!!!!!

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    She likes the bike. But the ski gets her wet!!!! xlint89's Avatar
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    That's awesome. You single handedly made every Clymer manual useless. It's guys like you that make this site so awesome.

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    Again you really are my HERO!!!!!!!!!!








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    Steve, let me know what you are missing, I'm sure I have everyone now.

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    I'll save it now, and host it up for you when I have a chance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hydrotoys View Post
    I'll save it now, and host it up for you when I have a chance.
    Wait till the final version so the index is click-able.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerdart View Post
    My winter project has been to scan and PDF the Factory Polaris manual 1992-1998....find the best driver settings for the results that I was looking for. This was all trial and error. (Thanks to K447 for some guidance on the settings.)
    I decided to upgrade to Acrobat8 it has a really nice scanner interface and OCR output.

    Here is a sample of the 785 manual this is in raw scan form and still needs to be touched-up and indexed with bookmarks and such.

    I have the whole manual scanned 602 pages waiting to be touched up and indexed.

    Special thanks goes out to K447 for offering to scan the document for me. I like a challenge........
    As beerdart says, scanning this type of document into a text-searchable format is not as easy it it might seem.

    The big challenge is keeping the images and drawings clean and intact, while getting all the text to OCR correctly. The sample posted still has some issues with OCR junk in the diagrams, and non-OCR'ed text in some places.

    Overall, you are definitely getting there!

    As before, if you find some way I can contribute, let me know.

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    Updated the PDF in post #1..
    Added Bookmarks.
    Cleaned it up some fixed most of the bad text.
    I think this is as good as it gets for now. Let me know if you see anything oblivious before I move it to the tech section.

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    Thanks Beerdart!!

    Very nicely done Beerdart!! I know that is alot of work but it will be very much appreciated by everyone!!

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