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What Was the OCR Software for this Old Xerox Scanner Called?
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: August 24, 2020 07:19PM
I posted an old (1990s) Xerox Imaging Systems Model 380 B&W scanner on the 'For Sale & Free Items' list, and also on the LEM Swap List. A representative from a computer museum near Pittsburgh has offered to take it. I would like to find the OCR software it came with, but I can't remember what that was called. An Internet search doesn't yield anything that old.

I have boxes of floppies with programs and old files from my Northeastern Records days, so it's likely among those. But it would help to remember the name.

Anyone have an idea?

/Mr Lynn



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Re: What Was the OCR Software for this Old Xerox Scanner Called?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: August 24, 2020 07:37PM
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Re: What Was the OCR Software for this Old Xerox Scanner Called?
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: August 24, 2020 07:41PM
Might be OmniPage.

Why not ask the rep if he knows what was bundled with it? Just tell him/her you're pretty sure that you have the software, but you have a lot of old disks and don't recall which it was.



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Re: What Was the OCR Software for this Old Xerox Scanner Called?
Posted by: neophyte
Date: August 24, 2020 07:47PM
Not sure if this will help, but Macintoshgarden.org has Textbridge Pro with this description:

Using Xerox’s latest document recognition technology, DocuRT, TextBridge Pro is the first and only OCR software that can...
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Re: What Was the OCR Software for this Old Xerox Scanner Called?
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: August 25, 2020 09:49AM
Found it!

Rummaging through boxes of old floppies, I came across one with disks labled Accutext, one an installation disk and the others with modules for various languages.

Searching on scanner name, Xerox Datacopy GS Plus, I found a book on scanners for Macintosh (remember when PCs were so woefully behind Macs in their ability to render graphics that almost all desktop publishing was done on Macs?):

Busch. David D.
The Complete Scanner Handbook for Desktop Publishing,1991-1992 Macintosh® Edition

Complete text of the book here:
[archive.org]

Mr Busch describes the scanner,

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Xerox Datacopy GS Plus

This is an upgraded version of Xerox’s 730GS, which pro-
vided only 64 different gray levels. The new version, for the
Mac SE and II is one of the fastest flatbed scanners on the
market, suitable for high production needs. . .

and he also describes Accutext:

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Accutext

Accutext 3.0 is the OCR package supplied by Xerox for use
with its own scanners. It is also compatible with the HP
ScanJet Plus and may support other scanners by the time this
book is published.

This program deserves mention, if only for the fact that it is
based on Kurzweil artificial intelligence technology. Some day
I’d like to write a book devoted exclusively to Ray Kurzweil’s
wizardry. Kurzweil scanning systems for optical character
recognition can cost up to $23,000 and are so fast and accurate
that the Department of Defense counts on them. While a little
less functional and a lot less expensive, Accutext has
Kurzweil’s typical innovative touch. . .

I quote this only because some here might be interested in Kurzweil.

OmniPage, used with other scanners, was a good guess, but not for Xerox, as they had a working relationship with Kurzweil at the time.

BTW, Accutext requires a 68020 computer and 4 megabytes of RAM. I'd have to resurrect my IIfx (68030) to run it, but I'm going to ship the floppies along with the scanner to the Large Scale Systems Museum in New Kensington, PA, for their Small Systems display.

I will ask my contact there whether there's other stuff they could use, since I know many here are looking for good uses for old equipment.

/Mr Lynn
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