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SharePoint 2007 PDF full text search (using OCR)

Posted on 2011-10-01
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Hi,
I have a SharePoint 2007 Document Library that contains scanned contracts in PDF format (image PDFs).
I want to enable Full text search of these contracts. I want to retain the original image format of the PDF files.

I am looking for an OCR solution that would
1. run on a pre-defined schedule
2. Extract the text in the contract PDF files
3. Make this text searchable using the SharePoint default Search service.

Note:I don't ant the document to be OCRed at the time of uploading to the Document Library. It should be OCRed at a pre-defined schedule (for e.g. 7am and 7pm )

Does anyone know of any solutions ?

Thanks
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Question by:TetraSA
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by:jessc7
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I do not have an answer for OCR, but have you installed the Adobe PDF iFilter in the SharePoint environment to allow for full-text indexing?

The attached document is from Adobe:

http://www.adobe.com/special/acrobat/configuring_pdf_ifilter_for_ms_sharepoint_2007.pdf
configuring-pdf-ifilter-for-ms-s.pdf
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE earned 300 total points
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Nuance's OmniPage Professional 18 does what you want. From its website:

"Automatically batch convert files."
"Archive documents directly into Microsoft SharePoint."

Here's a link to more information:
http://nuance.com/for-business/by-product/omnipage/professional/index.htm

ABBYY FineReader 11 Corporate Edition is another product that does what you want. From its website:

"Users can...schedule conversion for specific times."
"Export to SharePoint"

Here's a link to more information:
http://finereader.abbyy.com/corporate/full_feature_list/

Both of these products have been highly regarded in imaging/OCR circles for a long time. Regards, Joe
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by:typerracer
typerracer earned 200 total points
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KnowledgeLake has an OCR solution that my client is using with reasonable success.  I'm not sure about the "on schedule" capabilities of the product but it does a reasonable number OCR'ing the PDF's.  The real question is how are these PDF's being generated (are they images of pages embedded in the file or are they "printed" to PDF with text layers stored in the file?  If the latter, you likely do not need OCR.  SharePoint can index text layer PDF's with the right add in.
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