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unpaper 0.4 - written by Jens Gulden 2005-2007
Licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL), see file COPYING.
This software comes with no warranty.
Overview
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unpaper is a post-processing tool for scanned sheets of paper, especially for
book pages that have been scanned from previously created photocopies.
The main purpose is to make scanned book pages better readable on screen
after conversion to PDF. Additionally, unpaper might be useful to enhance
the quality of scanned pages before performing optical character recognition
(OCR).
unpaper tries to clean scanned images by removing dark edges that appeared
through scanning or copying on areas outside the actual page content (e.g.
dark areas between the left-hand-side and the right-hand-side of a double-
sided book-page scan).
The program also tries to detect misaligned centering and rotation of pages
and will automatically straighten each page by rotating it to the correct
angle. This process is called "deskewing".
Note that the automatic processing will sometimes fail. It is always a good
idea to manually control the results of unpaper and adjust the parameter
settings according to the requirements of the input. Each processing step can
also be disabled individually for each sheet.
Input and output files can be in either .pbm, .pgm or .ppm format, thus
generally in .pnm format, as also used by the Linux scanning tools scanimage
and scanadf.
Conversion to PDF can e.g. be achieved with the Linux tools pgm2tiff, tiffcp
and tiff2pdf.
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