get numbers from a screen shot

I am working with a program that uses long id numbers which I need to copy into emails.  It is a pain and prone to mistakes.  Is there any way to somehow pull a number from a screen shot?  A perfect solution, would be to use a tool like snip, drag a box around a number, then have it copied to your clipboard.  I am not sure what the program is written in, but it can't be copied.

I have onenone and evernote.  They can do some text searching, but I don't know how to leverage it the way I would need it.
jackjohnson44Asked:
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nobusConnect With a Mentor Commented:
if the numbers appear always on the same place on the screen, you can make a macro, to record the number, and copy it in the mail automatically
her an example :  http://download.cnet.com/Easy-Macro-Recorder/3000-2094_4-10414139.html

so the proces is :
1-get the number on the screen in a fixed position
2-use the OCR software of your choice (many scanners have such software) to scan that portion
3-copy the number into the mail
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insidetechCommented:
One simple but somewhat labor intensive way would be to snip the screen and try OCR on it.
Look for programs generally called "screen scrubber " there used to be some shareware out here.
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teomcamCommented:
A quality piece of software
http://www.abbyy.com.au/screenshot_reader/
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BillDLConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Where do these long numbers show for you to capture a screenshot?
Windows dialog?  Web page?  Other software interface window?

The reason that I ask this is because if the numbers appear in list-views, tree-views, list boxes, combo boxes, text-boxes, or WebBrowser/HTML controls, then a little utility application by Nir Sofer named SysExporter (http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/sysexp.html) might help you capture the numbers as text rather than taking screenshots.

Of course, if the screenshots are all being automated, then this utility will not help you.  Unfortunately the utility is not a command line program, and must be used interactively.
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BillDLCommented:
Thank you Jack
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nobusCommented:
what was the solution you choose, Jack?
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jackjohnson44Author Commented:
I didn't use one, although they were plausible.

Any solution that mentioned scanning, saving, then opening an ocr program was too much work.  This needs to be quick an easy and isn't a big priority.  It isn't like I am doing this every day.

Answer #1 - labor intensive
Answer #2 - clicked on the link, clicked buy then get an error
Answer #3 - also required multiple programs
Answer #4 - I am not using any sort of program with windows controls.  I believe it is Java based

I was really looking for something like the snip tool that might have already been built.  I only did this operation a few times and have no idea if I will have to do it again.  I also am a developer and think this might come in handy down the road, but I don't want to spend the time to save an image, ocr it and save it to another program. I'd rather just type out the serial number.  If I had to do this 10K times, I'd probably consider some of the above solutions, but it doesn't seem worth it.  I have tried using ocr before to read scanned text and it was a pain but that was multiple pages.  I don't see it saving time for a 10 digit number.

It would be nice if I could do it with OneNote or EverNote since they do search the text in images.  They don't have a way to copy it though.  That way it would be a screen capture directly into EverNote, then highlight the text as if it were text then copy and paste.  Anything else would be overkill.

I am surprised nothing like this exists already.
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nobusCommented:
if you make a macro - you do this in mouseclick - exactly as you want
but ti takes some time to set it up

anyway tx for feedback
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jackjohnson44Author Commented:
Thanks for the help.  I was planning on trying that at home.  They block download.cnet.com at work.  I probably won't get to it soon, and I didn't want to keep you guys waiting.

Thanks!
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nobusCommented:
if you need more help, just ask
there's sme other freeware for it around too
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