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I am turning a scanning of a collection of notes with lots of pictures of inventions and mathematics and organizing it into a wiki. The notebook pages consist of blocks of text, images, and captions in the style of Lenardo Da Vinci's notebooks.. The text will have to be transcribed and the pictures picked through for the best ones as there is much duplication.

I am looking for a software solution for quickly selecting multiple regions of a page at once, cropping those and saving them to separate files. Being able to tag them with metadata so they can be sorted more easily later would be desirable as well, or being able to save them with a good automatic naming convention that makes their origin clear. Being able to select and save the images as batch process is necessary as there are tens of thousands of pages to go through. Each page will probably be cropped no less than 5 times. Cropping, save as, undo, and then crop again would make this very tedious though I knew this can be done with all photo software.

I have seem some similar solutions but they have been for separating multiple photos that have been scanned together rather than cropping multiple images that have drawings and text juxtaposed on the same page. I have also explored Optical Character Recognition software which selects too many regions for it to save any time. I think that the regions will have to be selected manually.

Another bonus would be being able to move on to the next image after cropping the current image. I've seen batch cropping programs like this, but they do not let you select multiple regions.

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Similar - photo.stackexchange.com/questions/16967/… –  ab.aditya Apr 16 '13 at 4:12
    
Might want to try asking on superuser.com/search?q=batch+cropping - lots of similar questions there it looks like –  MikeW Apr 16 '13 at 5:23
    
Thank you. I've looked through these. I am going to use Photoshop or GIMP's slicer tools for turning jpegs into html pages. –  fitzsnaggle Apr 16 '13 at 19:28
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This question appears to be off-topic because it is about scanning non-photographic documents. –  mattdm Aug 15 '13 at 23:42
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It is a question about auto cropping images based on content of the images. When did we decide a scanner wasn't a type of digital camera? –  Michael Clark Aug 18 '13 at 14:31

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It would take some manual effort to remove the unneeded photos, but you could use the region tool in Photoshop to break the larger image up in to multiple smaller region images. It's normally used for making web layouts, but should work for your purposes if a better option isn't found.

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This is what I'll use or GIMP's equivalent. –  fitzsnaggle Apr 16 '13 at 19:29
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Sounds like two options for automagically converting scanned notes to documents with images and text:

Google Docs (convert to document on upload):

http://support.google.com/drive/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=176692

Adobe PDF Creator:

http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/convert-jpeg-scan-ocr-to-pdf.html

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I tried google drive - put OCR is not really an option. The notes are all handwritten. –  fitzsnaggle Apr 16 '13 at 19:23
    
Ouch. Yeah that's definitely going to be a manual job. You could go with human power and leverage Amazon's Mechanical Turk(army of human workers), but privacy not assured. –  Wing Tang Wong Apr 16 '13 at 19:45

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