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transcribing old documents
October 8, 2021
6:03 pm
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Reading and transcribing old 1700 documents is hard to do.  Have you ever commented on this?

I read an idea to scan the doc    in a JPEG format then use the image in a photo shopping editing software on your computer.  

Such as Photoshop or Pixir to see it better to transcribe.  It is the flowery cursive handwriting of the 1700’s.

Is this something I could learn to do?  Thanks

October 10, 2021
12:27 pm
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It can’t hurt to try. You don’t even need a scanner – just take a photo. Then just editing in Google Photos might make it clearer, try Auto Enhance and maybe a pop. I would try turning it into Black and White, then pop. It might make it lots clearer than your originals. 

We covered scanning in general in Episode 134 of our Youtube show.

If the result is clear enough, you may even be able to have Google Lens transcribe it for you. No way it will be perfect, but it may save you time. We cover this in episode 211

  • 55:55​ Handwriting recognition
October 10, 2021
2:13 pm
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Thanks very much I will try that and read the other episodes.  BettyConfused

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