[Solved] Text blocks as overlay of scanned PDF

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[Solved] Text blocks as overlay of scanned PDF

Postby Oldfart » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:18 am

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Hello out there. 9-20-2017

I often scan in forms (such as those required by a doctor's office) - and then use a "text block" as an overlay, to fill in the form, rather than having to use a pen. I have trouble with both hands - carpal tunnel. So typing actually works much better.

With the competitor's product.. I had no trouble moving such a text block, in tiny increments - to line up the typed-in text. I don't seem to be able to do this with Writer - it only wants to move the text block by large jumps - so I can't get things lined up right. I know how to increase and decrease the 'line spacing' - by changing the font size for the spacing etc. etc. Is there a way to get this to work... I've tried using the Control, Shift, Alt and FN keys along with my arrow keys - and can't make it happen.

I can do this with other programs (micro move), such as PaintShop Pro.

Answers anyone??? Thanks so much. I really don't want to have to fill out such forms by hand.
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Re: Text blocks as overlay of scanned PDF - how to micro-mov

Postby Zizi64 » Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:40 am

While reading the description of your problem, I thought you have not choosen an appropriate tool for your job. Editing a scanned (and OCR-ed?) document is not an efficient method.


But there is an extension for mini/micro move of the GRAPHICAL objects in a document:
https://extensions.openoffice.org/en/project/mmove

Install it, and try it.
...or you can adjust the coordinates of the position of a graphical object by changing its numeric values.
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Re: Text blocks as overlay of scanned PDF - how to micro-mov

Postby John_Ha » Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:49 am

Oldfart wrote:... use a "text block" ...

I assume you are talking about a Frame inserted by Insert > Frame. [Or about a "Text Box" in a form - both can be moved as below]

It is easiest to drag an object an inch or so away, and then drag it back to the exact place required, than to attempt to "nudge" it a short distance.

You can switch on a Grid and then Snap to the grid - see Tools > Options ...

If you set the background colour of the Frame or Text Box to be white, instead of No fill ..., and make the Frame or Text Box slightly larger, you don't have to align it that well as it will obscure everything behind it. :super:

If you right-click the Frame > Frame > Type ..., you get options to anchor and locate the object.

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If it is a Text Box then right-click it > Position and size > Position and size ...

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Re: Text blocks as overlay of scanned PDF - how to micro-mov

Postby Oldfart » Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:48 pm

Dear Tibor:

Thank you very much Tibor!! I did download and install that extension as well.
I should have automatically "known" to go into the text block adjustments inside the program - I apologize for that. I am accustomed to doing that regarding drawing objects and was forgetting. My age I suppose. Will give both a whirl.

I appreciate your prompt answer and believe this should resolve the difficulties. I am an older person working within the confines of limited finances. I also keep trying to get the OCR software to work that came with my B&W printer, but can't get that happening either. (not your problem)

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Re: SOLVED Text blocks as overlay of scanned PDF

Postby John_Ha » Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:21 pm

Oldfart wrote:I also keep trying to get the OCR software to work that came with my B&W printer, but can't get that happening either. (not your problem)

See Top 5 best OCR software for paid, and 8 best OCR software for Windows 10 for free and paid. My ScanSoft OmniPage SE OCR software from Canon is very good.

Also, be sure that you scan in greyscale (not mono) at a high enough resolution - say 150 dpi or more - to get a suitable image. It sometimes helps to process the image with something like IrfanView to set the background to white and to increase the gamma so as to highlight the text better.
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Re: SOLVED Text blocks as overlay of scanned PDF

Postby musikai » Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:17 am

Are you really sure you tried alt+arrow keys on your keyboard? Here this combination shifts Textframes, Textfields and all kind of graphics in very small amounts.
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