I have a very old (out of print) paperback book I want to scan. I have an HP C4480 all-in-one that works under Windows and Linux (but has no OCR under Linux). I am running Windows XP fully updated and I have Omnipage 15 and the HP Imaging software (including IRIS OCR) that came with my printer. It would be OK to just copy the book as images, but it would be really great if I could put the whole thing through the OCR. Then I could search it or even add my own index to it.
When I try to scan using Omnipage (gray scale), sometimes it scans and sometimes it displays the HP scanning splash image and then an error message, repeats that process again, and then displays an unknown scanning error in Omnipage. I have no idea what's going wrong - probably dueling drivers. I think it always bombs, as above, when I select scan in color.
Ideally, I would like to get it set up so that Omnipage scans each page with a zone that excludes the page on the other side of the binding and it would be great to have it work so I could set up the next page and just press the scan button on the scanner. It's kind of difficult to move over to the notebook screen and click something with the mouse and still keep the book pressed down and positioned.
Now, when I load the HP Scanning monitor and press the scan button on the scanner, it sends the page into the HP Photosmart photo management software. I don't see an option to configure it to go into Omnipage or IRIS.
I was thinking that it might be best to scan the whole thing in as images and, later, run it through OCR to make the work flow smoother, but I'm not sure how to do that. I'd guess that scanning the whole thing as single page or multiple page tiff's would work. Hopefully, Omnipage, IRIS, or whatever program could then read those and OCR them. Then, I would just be sitting at my notebook and not have to deal with the physical book at all except to compare the original text to the OCR when something didn't make sense.
I expect to do a fair amount of scanning over time, so I could buy newer software if that would really help. I paid around $80 for Omnipage 15 (when it first came out) and haven't used it until now, so I'm not too enthusiastic about paying that much or more again unless it's necessary.