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Poll a directory for PDF then OCR it

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Is there any software available that would poll a directory the went a non pdf file is found OCR the file then ove it to another folder ?
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You didn't include enough information about the system in which you are operating, so I will make some assumptions such as; you're using windows etc. My answer will cover your question, but will probably lead you to ask more about the specifics in another area of experts exchange.

You can create a vbscript (.vbs) or batch (.bat) file to do the "file checking". Using either of these methods is preferred as it is then a simple process to send a file that it detects to a command-line based OCR program like SimpleOCR (www.simpleocr.com), and then from the output of the OCR, send that raw text to a command-line based PDF program such as Text to PDF (verypdf.com/txt2pdf/index.htm).
Both of these programs have documentation that give you the format of the input, for easy parsing.

I feel this covers the question you asked here; but for the specifics of the script coding, you may want to ask a specific question in the Windows Batch section of experts exchange:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Languages/Scripting/Shell/Batch/
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Thanks I will look into that but was hoping for a single piece of software that would do the job. I found that Abby fine reader corporate has a hot folder option which monitors a folder then creates a OCR PDF once a file is moved into that monitored folder, but it costs $500 was hoping for something a little less pricey.
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