Originally Posted by Ml9xLi6kvpVZ09r
Just installed Ubuntu K-K 9.10 4 months ago, still a newbie. Got my HP PSC 1410 all-in-one hooked up and the HP Device Manager installed OK and xsane. Printer works good and scanner handles pics great but I don't have any luck scanning a menu to doc format. The menu does have fancy scroll-work around the edges and main headings are a script font and Course names are underlined. All other items are clear font. I figured this all added to the problem of very unreadable scan results till I tried a page with all clear block font and it's still totally unreadable. I mean totally! I've searched till I'm out of ideas. There has to be a way to tweak the recognition of text.
You can't scan directly to a text document, only to an image. You need to scan the page into an image format file, generally *.tiff works best. Then it has to be run through an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) program such as Tesseract. Your HP device probably came with a windblows program that accompliched all that but it won't work in linux unless you use virtualization of some flavor.
I don't use Ubuntu but think they should have Tesseract in their repository.