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Extract text from GIF Image

Posted on 2004-09-26
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Hi Experts,
  I wish to copy the text appears in the image.  Is there any editor available for this.  I presume that there must be some editor which allows us to copy all the text inside the image and copy it to note pad or wordpad.  Please let me know this ASAP.

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ajexpert
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by:Kaarthick
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I dont think it is possible.
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by:MimerQ
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I think you have to use some kind of OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software.

You can either search EE and see if you can find something
http://search.experts-exchange.com/search.jsp?query=OCR+image&searchType=all&Submit.x=0&Submit.y=0

or use google.
http://www.google.com

Most of the OCR software cost money but there are some that are free.
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weed earned 100 total points
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You cannot extract text from a GIF image and have it be real editable text. Once its a gif it will always be a raster image and the only way to extract it is with raster editing tools like Photoshop.
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by:webwoman
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The most reliable way... ;-)
1) Print out the graphic
2) Type the text
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by:ajexpert
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I request the community experts to delete this question
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by:weed
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Why? We answered your question.
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by:andYetAnotherLoginName
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because he is greedy.
plus, there's a tag in GIF specification that allows to add text as text. unfortunately, I've never saw that in action.
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by:ajexpert
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My purpose is not solved.  weed, your suggestion clearly says we cannot do this. so i think there shuold not be any points rewarded to anyone for this.  On the whole, I leave the decision to community experts if they wish to award the points to you.
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by:andYetAnotherLoginName
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ajexpert, quote:
"Hi Experts,
  I wish to copy the text appears in the image.  Is there any editor available for this."

"I wish to copy the text appears in the image." - it is your purpose, and it is not solved.
"Is there any editor available for this." - it is your question, and it is answered (no).
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by:andYetAnotherLoginName
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P.S.: In my experience, even if a q-n was not answered, it is better to split points between people who spent their time just trying. Think of your future questions, and how many people will get back to you then ;)
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by:weed
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Sometimes "you cant" is the correct, and ONLY, answer.
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