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Topic: Cataloging a 'Photo Album' or invoices
Conf: (P-PDF) Beginners, Msg: 95896
From: jeff_sr
Date: 9/5/2003 04:43 PM

Hi Guys, I’m trying to work with Acrobat 5.0.

I don’t know how acrobat handles free style handwriting, but I don’t want to spend any time correcting OCR.
My goal is to use a flatbed or sheet fed scanner to make an image of invoices that are handwritten on standard work forms. Attached to this image (pdf, gif, or tiff) I must add the following searchable fields: name/address/phone/date/serial # / work description. I need to be able to search many hundreds up to 3 thousand different files in a folder, by any one or more searchable fields. I don't want to "read" the text of the scanned page, or have it be searchable. I just want to be able to search the fields and have the results pop up the image of the scanned document, that is reproducible on a inkjet printer. Must be useable on any Windows operating system later than 3.1.

I would like to simply throw away all hardcopies of paper invoices and be able to search for them in the hard drive by those searchable fields. I want the files stored on CDr or CDrw or one of those USB memory chips on a key chain.

The reader could be acrobat reader or Internet Explorer or other free reader.

I would be scanning these invoices on a laptop, storing on the CD or USB memory and leaving that in the office, while I move the laptop to another location to repeat the process.

I have made a “catalog” as a test of existing pdf docs, it worked, but I don’t want to OCR my invoices.
I’ve also got the fields to “catalog , so they are searchable. But I can not find a way to add images except turning a radio button into an icon and that was very slow and could not replace the old image with a new one, it became un-editable. I should be able to TAB to the field that is the radio button and scan or locate a tiff file to attach to it.

I would think building a “Photo Album” with searchable fields should be a simple thing for a company that develops so many photo applications.

Jeff Cottage Grove, Or

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