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I have just started working with Ubuntu for the last 10 days, with the intention to stop using Windows permanently. So far it has been awesome. I have replaced almost all my Microsoft applications with available Ubuntu apps and some help from Google Docs.

I am experiencing a problem with my Canon CanoScan LiDE 110 Scanner. When I use the scanner in Windows 7, and saved scanned pages of a book as PDF, I can open the PDF scanned page and copy text from it directly to paste at Google Docs or any LibreOffice document. I tried doing the same in Ubuntu using the Simple Scan app. I scanned the page as text in Simple Scan and saved it as a PDF. However in Ubuntu when I open the scanned PDF page, it opens OK, but I cannot copy the texts.

This is quite important for my workflow, as I am a medical physician and I need to study a lot of books.

I would really appreciate it if you can help me with this.

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Tesseract OCR

Tesseract was one of top 3 OCR's in 1995.The development is now handled by google since 2006.It can scan images, convert to text and recognize 40 languages.

To install Tesseract

sudo apt-get install tesseract-ocr


Cuneiform is another OCR system.It recognises 23 languages which include English, German, Russian, French etc.

To install Cuneiform

sudo apt-get install cuneiform

Other apps that maybe useful

  • Ocradjvu
  • Ocrad
  • gocr
  • ocrfeeder
  • pdf studio 8 series
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Hello Aditya,Hope you are doing well. Thanks a lot for your lead. I have started using Tesseract. Well, in another article i read that Gscan2pdf offers the option to select the OCR, and Tesseract is an option. I tried that ... and wow ... the text recognition was much better than the previous method I was using in Windows. Thanks a lot. One more step closer towards getting completely out of Windows. I tried to vote up your reply. But I do not have enough reputations. regards. – learner Mar 17 '14 at 3:53
Hi Aditya, i used the Tesseract, thanks. – learner Mar 17 '14 at 3:58
@learner SOme nice info.Google started developing tesseract probably because they wanted to scan thousands of books under there ongoing project.They must be using tesseract on there goobuntu computers.(guess what goobuntu stands for) – Registered User Mar 17 '14 at 4:03
Thanks for the info Aditya.Regards – learner Mar 17 '14 at 4:09

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