Saturday, April 30, 2011

Obama's birth certificate videos about faking demonstrate nothing untoward

I wrote to one of my sons-in-law, who does digital graphic work all day every working day:
Can you check out the claim of the nay-sayer?

Look at my blog post and see if what the guy I quote immediately beneath the video says is true. If you need a test scanned document converted to PDF and optimized in PDF, I've attached one for you. . . .

I have a ScanSnap S510 scanner I use regularly to transfer printed material into PDFs. If I want, I will leave the document in PDF form, or I will use the PDF to create a Microsoft Word document OCR (Optical Character Recognition).

Often, because the straight image scan is exceptionally large--way too large for emailing or posting on a website!--I will "optimize" the image. And optimization, I have found, is enhanced when I OCR and optimize.

So I sent Dave a PDF version of a high-end sales brochure I had scanned, OCR'd and optimized. The original scan had come through at over 15MB--way too big for emailing (which is what I wanted to do with it). After OCR and optimization, I was dealing with a still hefty, but far more manageable, 2MB document.

Dave replied several hours later:
Adobe Illustrator is, in fact, 'reading' layers in the file you sent me.
And he sent a screen shot of just one small portion of the document with certain portions of a few characters showing the "color shift" our analyst noted, and the remaining portions of those same characters showing no color-shift.

And then he commented--and I immediately recognized that what he said was true:
On a side note, I'm not sure why that kid said that the technology isn't there. I know that the little scanner you have can detect and separate images from text and it even converts text (that it thinks as being an image) to an image.

Nice to know we can debunk that rumor!
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