@Opry99er, Abbyy is one of the first programs to come up when you search for OCR, and their online service failed miserably, just like Google, and everyone else. Right now I only have one program that I found in one of my old COMPUTE! magazines. Apparently I made some fixes and changes though, since there is some of my chicken-scratch in the magazine. If you really want to type in the program, here is the link to the edition with the code (starts on pg 44):
I really love the Internet Archive! (and yes I donate to it.) I'm actually considering getting rid of my paper magazines because they have archived everything I have in paper form. Anyway, I found the print-out tucked in the magazine and thought "gee, I should be able to OCR this in seconds these days, and I can put it up on AtariAge for people who like the old BASIC games..." Two hours later and I was still trying to find *any* software that could OCR the code and just leave it alone.
@mizapf, Tesseract is the only program I did not try directly yet, mostly because it was not "quick and simple" and a lot of what I read is that it is a pain in the ass to use, you have to train it, blah blah blah. Also, apparently, it is the engine used in things like Google's OCR and such, and that failed for me too. However, I looked at the command line parms and you still have to specify a language, so I assume it will fail just as badly as everything else because it will be trying to find English words, which code it not.
This was not supposed to be a huge endeavor, and I have already wasted more time trying to get it to work than it would have taken me to just type it again. Why is that always the way it goes when you are trying to do something you think should be simple by now?
I have attached the first page if anyone wants to give it a try. I cropped the text and reduced the color to 1-bit black and white, otherwise the image is unmodified. I read that for OCR, characters need to be at least 10-pixels tall, which is easily the case here. After zooming in, I now see maybe the problem is too much data and separation between the dots from the printer. Maybe reducing the image to get the dots to merge would help? I don't know. Again the goal was quick-and-dirty OCR, which I did not achieve.