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TextPert 4

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
TextPert_4_Disks.sit (1.52 MB)
MD5: e88c2972bd5805eca1589bb91c04ba72
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 8.5 - 8.6
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
TextPert_4_installed_img.sit (1.82 MB)
MD5: 30125e2ea730698d942695c6fc21a69e
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 8.5 - 8.6

Version 4.0.1 of this optical character-recognition (OCR) software.

Mounted physical copies of the Installer Disk and Disk #1 are required to install the application. Will not install from mounted disk images. Download #2 removes the hard work involved in installing this software on emulators.

Architecture: 68k

Requires Macintosh System 7.0 and later and a 68020 (Mac II) or higher CPU.
Works in all Mac OS versions from 7.0 up to and including Mac OS 8.6 (SheepShaver).

The enclosed "ReadMe" doc mentions multiple language dictionaries as being installed as part of the installation process. Only the English dictionary was installed during my installation of TextPert 4. There was no option given to install any dictionaries during the installation.

The about TextPert 4.0 info splash screen (screenshot 1 above) states version 4.0 but getting info on TextPert 4.0's application icon returns; "TextPert V 4.0.1 - (OCR stand-alone application)".


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by MikeTomTom - 2020, November 24 - 11:27pm

I was unable to get it working on Mac OS 9.0.4 (SheepShaver). The error I get there is (oddly) the same error as what I got when trying to see if it would run in System 6 and it failed. I'll try it on my 9.2.2 eMac shortly.

Works well for me in SheepShaver right through to Mac OS 8.6

The optical character recognition is pretty good and I think it's pretty neat to have it on an '020 Mac II. But for more modern OS's (above 8.1) and newer PPC Mac's I would use a more recent OCR program.

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by mrdav - 2020, November 24 - 4:08am

I found that the application starts up OK in Mac OS 9.2.2, but I have not actually tried to use it to see how it goes.

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by MikeTomTom - 2020, November 24 - 1:54am

Thanks, mrdav. I've added a pre-installed copy to make it easier for anyone who wants to try it out.
It runs OK on Basilsik II now, as well.

Probably runs on the 68000 versions of Mini vMac. Nope, get unimplimented trap error.
Looking like 68020 (Mac II) or higher, only. Maybe System 7 versions of SheepShaver will be OK? Yes. SheepShaver running Mac OS 7.6.1 and TextPert 4 is fine. Will add that info, above.

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by mrdav - 2020, November 23 - 7:59am

Thanks for the workaround, MTT, and for the testing.

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by MikeTomTom - 2020, November 23 - 7:08am

Workarounds with Mini vMac are varied and not always successful.
But I was able to install this onto Mini vMac by:

Converting (as a copy of) the Install Disk to a Read/Write floppy disk image of 1.7 MB's using Disk Copy 6

Mount and copy the contents of Disk #1.image over into the mounted Read/Write Installer Disk.

Unmount the Disk #1.image file and the Read/Write Installer disk. You then need to copy the modified Installer Disk to the host PC/Mac and run the modified Installer Disk from there, by dragging the image into Mini vMac's window to mount the image then run the installer.

The install completes and then it asks you if you want to install the scanner drivers. Opt out of this step and you then get asked to mount Mini vMac's startup disk which you need to drag into Mini vMac's window. You may need to this a couple of times including remounting the Installer Disk too. - The brain-dead installer script ejects all mountable disks including Mini vMac's startup disk (which it perceives to be an ejectable media). It's a pain in the proverbial and why it's necessary to go through these steps to succeed with the install.

You can then use TextPert on Mini vMac for OCR'ing text files.

I installed it to Mini vMac II running SSW 7.1.1

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by mrdav - 2020, November 23 - 5:37am

MikeTomTom, I seem to recall that you have a Mini vMac solution to the problem of installers looking for real floppies to be mounted. Is that correct?