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Scanning Hard copy documents directly to text files

Does anyone know of a scanner that will scan some very old documents and will have the facility to save them not only as a pdf, which most of them seem to do these days, but also as a text file using ascii or utf 8, or even iso-8859-1. Im pretty sure I can do this by converting each pdf to word or whatever using OCR, and then doing a Save As and then selecting the encoding, but Im not sure if any of the scanners on the market that will do it for me automatically if it has the facility set it up in the settings before I start. As Ive got 80 or so archive boxes full of paper to scan, Id really like it to do this for me rather than having to convert pdfs all the time. Can anyone recommend a scanner that can do this?

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nobusCommented:
use the "help me choose a scanner" here :
http://www.hp.com/sbso/buyguides/pg_scanners.html

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mschneikertAuthor Commented:
this does not help
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nobusCommented:
then i would contact HP with the problem, and see what they offer (or another manufacturer)
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Free Tool: ZipGrep

ZipGrep is a utility that can list and search zip (.war, .ear, .jar, etc) archives for text patterns, without the need to extract the archive's contents.

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mschneikertAuthor Commented:
this does not help either
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nobusCommented:
did you try either one?
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mschneikertAuthor Commented:
Yes both
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nobusCommented:
so much for support... :-(
you can try other scanner suppliers, maybe they are more helpful
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mschneikertAuthor Commented:
ok will do but i was really hoping for some suggestions.
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nobusCommented:
well, it is a very specific thing you ask, not widely encountered.
but you can fill out this form, and see what they suggest :  http://www.laserfiche.com/form/guide/document_imaging_guide.html?source=googlead&adgroup=scanningsolutions&keyword=document%20scanner&gclid=CMzo8fbVzZoCFRK7Zwodmj9O3g

Here they offer to do it (price listed) :  http://www.nps.net/scan/scan.htm

here they suggest taking a picture first :  http://ask.metafilter.com/28132/How-to-scan-old-and-fragile-bundled-documents-and-glass-plate-negatives

and finally a suggestion :     http://www.noendpress.com/vroman/review/fujitsu-scansnap-S500M-review.php
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mschneikertAuthor Commented:
any ideas
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mschneikertAuthor Commented:
anyone there
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nobusCommented:
you probably want it for free also?
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mschneikertAuthor Commented:
No answer found closing ticket
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