I'm using GIMP to do some scans, then crop and *try* to improve
the image before feeding it to the GNU OCRAD OCR package.
In the mean time, I have found "unpaper" which looks promising...
maybe someone needs to turn that into a plugin...

From: michael chang <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: lode leroy <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Subject: Re: [Gimp-developer] PBM
Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2005 16:27:45 -0400

On 9/7/05, lode leroy <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> Would it be possible to support the ".pbm" as extension in "Save As" in

It should be possible.  The question is whether or not someone wants
to do it.  There is a pbm loader, so I presume that that could be used
as a basis or reference for a writer, but still... probably, but why
would you need this?

There are plenty of good programs that can convert to the pbm format
from formats that GIMP does save in, (and maybe produce better files
than GIMP would be able to? I'm not sure) and they probably can do a
pretty good job as-is.

Are you locked into the pbm format?  Because for information
preservation, formats like XCF and PNG also do really well.

The key would be to write a PBM output plugin, I think.

That said, if a PBM is a renamed version of a different file type that
can be output by GIMP, you can manually select the output file type
(although in that case, adding pbm as a "default extension" of that
file may be something that is wanted).

I don't suppose PBM is supported in 2.3.3/CVS, is it? Or if it is,
does it require any special libraries?

 - Just my two cents
 - No man is an island, and no man is unable.

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