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Stagea Workshop Manual


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On 19/06/2019 at 10:32 AM, Duncan said:

Just a quick reminder for people wanting a copy of this manual.  I did not have the original, and some very kind soul (also not me!) scanned 000s of pages years ago. I'm just hosting a copy in the best way I know (dropbox).

I'm always happy to share, but I need you email address to send the link, so please include that with any request.


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I had a go at running OCR on the C34 service manual. Is anyone interested in that? @Duncan, I could send you a link if you want to add it to your dropbox.

It was a painful process but worked reasonably well. I have attached some pages from the middle to show what it's like. It didn't get all the text in the diagrams but otherwise it is pretty well covered. It's definitely searchable and reasonably selectable now.

Unfortunately it blew up in size and the pdf is now 1.6GB. Which is 1600 megabytes. Which is holy shit better not try to open this on a phone. It works well enough on a computer though.

My goal was to have it machine-translated. But I haven't been able to find a good way of doing it. And considering the number of pages there is no way it is worth doing by hand. Open for suggestions though.


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Well done on giving it a go. 🙂👍🙏🏻

Perhaps worthwhile looking at the compression/quality settings... PDFs aren't usually too large... Certainly not upwards towards a Gigabyte and past it! 😅😲😬

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On 14/10/2021 at 12:13 PM, jamesnorman93 said:

Perhaps worthwhile looking at the compression/quality settings... PDFs aren't usually too large... Certainly not upwards towards a Gigabyte and past it! 😅😲😬

Hmmm, good point! I shall have a look and see if it can be compressed.

It probably blew up in size because I extracted the pdf to images first. It looks like there is something not quite right with the original pdf and the OCR software throws an error when it tries to parse it. I talked to support about it and they proposed to extract it to image files first and then go from there. Which works fine. Except I didn't want the quality to get worse [0] and I might have picked the wrong quality setting.

[0] https://xkcd.com/1683/

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