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What software do I need to convert a scanned immage of typed text to actual text I could edit and format in, lets say, MS Word?  
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You need some OCR software which is Optical Character Recognition.  You should search for macinsoth ocr software on the net and do some research to find the right one for you.
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The best OCR in my opinion is Omnipage Pro. Then comes Accutext. But you will be supprised how much you will need to clean up the text afterwards. A fast typist still beats all of them. ... unless the input is in very good state, high contrast and clean


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I agree with oink that Omnipage is good, and also that you will still have to fix up the text afterwards.

I've got two tips though:

1) if you can, enlarge the text by photocopying it
2) time spent with the Training options is never wasted. Each piece of text has its idiosyncrasies, like strangely-shaped letters or ligatures, which combine letter-pairs like fl and fi (shift-option 5 and 6). If you "train" Omnipage to deal with these correctly by scanning the first page and checking the results, then you can scan the next twenty pages knowing you have eliminated some basic problems.
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