[HOWTO] - Install IrfanView & OCR_KADMOS in Debian

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[HOWTO] - Install IrfanView & OCR_KADMOS in Debian

Postby lkraemer » 2014-06-07 20:07

[HOWTO] - Install IrfanView & OCR_KADMOS in Debian 7.x "Wheezy"
Postby lkraemer » 2014-06-07 14:35

[HOWTO] - Install IrfanView (Version 4.37) & OCR_KADMOS (Version 4.4y) in Debian 7.x "Wheezy"

This HOWTO: will explain how to Install IrfanView & ocr_kadmos your Debian 7.x install.


1. Download the software from the following URL's:

2. Download:

3. Download the Plugins you need from the following choices:

1. iv_mmedia.zip. Contains these PlugIns: IV_Player, Med, Mp3, Burning, Nero, Quicktime, Real Audio, SoundPlayer.
2. iv_formats.zip. Contains these PlugIns: Awd, B3d, BabaCAD4Image, Crw, CADImage, Dicom, DjVu, EaFsh, Ecw, Exr, Flash, Formats, Fpx,
Hdp, Ics, ImPDF, ImPDN, ImCXF, JPEG2000, Jpeg_LS, Jpm, Kdc, Mng, Mrc, MrSID, PhotoCD, PNGOUT, Postscript, RIOT, Sff, Wbz, WebP, Wsq, Vtf.
3. iv_effects.zip. Contains these PlugIns: Filter Sandbox, Filter Factory, Filters Unlimited.
4. iv_misc.zip. Contains these PlugIns: Email, Metadata, FaceDetect, Ftp, Jpg_Transform, Lcms.

PlugIns updated after the version 4.37:

LCMS Plugin (4.38) - Installer or ZIP - Improved loading speed for images with enabled Color Management option.

EFFECTS Plugin (4.38) - Installer or ZIP - New features in the "Adobe 8BF Filters" dialog (Add or remove specific 8BFs, Insert comment lines,
Re-Order filters etc.); Fix for "Replace Color" in Batch mode

POSTSCRIPT Plugin (4.38) - Installer or ZIP - Better detection of Ghostscript registry path (see in IrfanView: Properties->PlugIns->Postscript)

Available PlugIns and current versions:
AltaLux - (version allows IrfanView to use AltaLux image effect
Ansi2Unicode - (version 0.2.7): allows IrfanView to read filenames with Unicode characters
AWD - (version allows IrfanView to read Artweaver files
B3D - (version 4.22): allows IrfanView to read BodyPaint 3D files
BabaCAD4Image - (version 1.2): allows IrfanView to to read DXF and DWG CAD files
BURNING - (version 4.36): allows IrfanView to burn slideshow to a CD/DVD/BD (Windows XP SP3 or later required)
BURNINGOLD - (version 4.36): allows IrfanView to burn slideshow to a CD (Windows XP or later required, Nero option can burn Data DVD and VCD)
CADImage - (version allows IrfanView to read DXF/DWG/HPGL/CGM/SVG files (Shareware, third party plugin)
Newest versions under: http://www.cadsofttools.com/download/ir ... lugins.zip
CRW - (version 4.22): allows IrfanView to read Canon CRW/CR2 files (high resolution image version)
Note: this PlugIn requires additional Canon DLLs. You can download these DLLs with the Canon ZoomBrowser program:
or try here:
http://www.irfanview.info/plugins/canon_crw.zip (check "Readme.txt" for instructions and install!)

DICOM - (version 4.20): allows IrfanView to read Dicom formats (DCM, ACR, IMA)
DJVU - (version 4.35): allows IrfanView to read DJVU format
EA_FSH - (version 1.12): allows IrfanView to write EA Sports FSH files
ECW - (version 4.33): allows IrfanView to read/write ECW files (Enhanced Compressed Wavelet)
EFFECTS - (version 4.37): contains image effects and allows IrfanView to load Adobe Photoshop 8BF filters
Note: some nice (fixed menu) Adobe 8BF Plugins/effects can be downloaded/installed from:
http://www.irfanview.net/plugins/irfanv ... lugins.exe (Installer)
http://www.irfanview.net/plugins/irfanv ... lugins.zip
Note: some older/special 8BFs may require additional system DLLs: Msvcrt10.dll and/or Plugin.dll. You can download these DLLs here:
http://irfanview.tuwien.ac.at/plugins/8bf_tools.zip (check "Readme.txt" for instructions and install!)

EMAIL - (version 4.30): allows IrfanView to send images as emails
EXR - (version 4.22): allows IrfanView to read EXR files
FACEDETECT - (version 2.00): allows IrfanView to use the Face Detection feature from Thumbnails window
If you have a modern graphic card which can be used for additional calculations, you can try the GPU version of the plugin:
FILTER_FACTORY - (version 4.33): allows IrfanView to use Filter Factory 8BF files (Photoshop PlugIns)
FLASH - (version allows IrfanView to read Flash/Shockwave/FLV format
FORMATS - (version 4.37): allows IrfanView to read some rare image formats.
FPX - (version 4.36): allows IrfanView to read FlashPix files
FTP - (version 4.00): allows IrfanView to transfer files from Thumbnails window using FTP
FILTERS_UNLIMITED - (version 3.20): allows IrfanView to use Filters Unlimited files (Photoshop PlugIns and filters)
HDP - (version 4.33): allows IrfanView to read Jpeg-XR/HDP/WDP (Microsoft HD Photo) files
ICONS - (version 4.30): additional icons for IrfanView file associations
ICS - (version 4.22): allows IrfanView to read ICS files (Image Cytometry Standard)
IMPDF - (version 0.90): allows IrfanView to write PDF files (Portable Document Format)
IMPDN - (version 1.16): allows IrfanView to read PDN files (Paint.NET File Format)
IMXCF - (version 1.10): allows IrfanView to read XCF files (GIMP File Format)
IRFANVIEW SANDBOX - (version 1.00): allows IrfanView to use JewelScript Effects/Filters
IV_PLAYER - (version 3.35): allows IrfanView to play video/sound/audio-cd files using Windows Media Player
JPEG2000 - (version 4.33): allows IrfanView to read/write JPEG 2000 files
JPEG_LS - (version allows IrfanView to read/write JPEG-LS files
JPG_TRANSFORM - (version 4.37): allows IrfanView to support lossless JPG operations (rotation/crop/cleaning, EXIF date editing)
JPM - (version 4.34): allows IrfanView to read/write JPM files
KDC - (version 1.54): allows IrfanView to read Kodak Digital Camera files
LCMS - (version 4.35): allows IrfanView to use color management
MED - (version 3.30): allows IrfanView to play MED/OctaMED audio files
METADATA - (version 4.37): allows IrfanView to handle EXIF/IPTC/Comment information from compatible files
MNG - (version 4.22): allows IrfanView to read/play MNG/JNG files
MP3 - (version 3.90): allows IrfanView to play MP3/MP2/MP1 files
MRC - (version 3.70): allows IrfanView to read MRC files
MR-SID - (version 4.37): allows IrfanView to read LizardTech's SID files
Note: this PlugIn needs additional DLLs, download/install from: http://www.irfanview.net/plugins/irfanv ... plugin.exe (Installer)
http://www.irfanview.net/plugins/irfanv ... plugin.zip

NERO - (version 4.20): allows IrfanView to burn slideshow to data or Video CD, using Nero Burning ROM software
OCR_KADMOS - (version 4.4y): adds OCR features to IrfanView
PlugIn download: http://www.irfanview.info/plugins/kadmos/
PAINT - (version allows IrfanView to to paint lines, circles, arrows, straighten image etc.
PHOTO-CD - (version 3.00): allows IrfanView to read Kodak PCD files (high resolutions)
PNGOUT - (version Jan 18 2006): allows optimized PNG saving
POSTSCRIPT - (version 4.37): allows IrfanView to read EPS/PS/PDF files (using Ghostscript, take the EXE installer, like "gs904w32.exe")
QUICKTIME - (version 4.28): allows IrfanView to play/read Apple Quicktime files
REAL-AUDIO - (version 3.37): allows IrfanView to play Real-Audio RA files
REGIONCAPTURE - (version 2.3.0): allows IrfanView to capture a rectangle area of the screen
RIOT - (version allows IrfanView to save optimized JPG/GIF/PNG files (RIOT - Radical Image Optimization Tool)
PlugIn download (latest version): http://luci.criosweb.ro/download/Riot-plugin.exe

SFF - (version 4.22): allows IrfanView to read SFF (Structured Fax) Files
SLIDESHOW - (version 4.37): allows IrfanView to create presentations in EXE or SCR format (standalone executable/screen saver)
SOUND_PLAYER - (version 3.80): allows IrfanView to play OGG files (Ogg Vorbis)
TOOLS - (version 4.37): contains some additional functions for IrfanView
VIDEO - (version 4.35): allows IrfanView to play many video/sound formats
VTF - (version 3.99): allows IrfanView to VTF (Valve Texture) files
WBZ - (version 1.00): allows IrfanView to read WebShots (WBZ/WBC/WB1) files
WEBP - (version 4.36): allows IrfanView to read/write WEBP (Weppy Format) files
WSQ - (version 2008.12.16): allows IrfanView to WSQ (Wavelet Scaler Quantization) files

It is assumed that wine is installed, but if it isn't you need to do the following, after installing wine:
Wine needs winecfg ran one time so that the hidden directory .wine is created in /home/user. If that
subdirectory exists, wine has been configured. Skip to 3A Below:
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Once the .wine directory is built the configuration tool will start, and you can set a virtual desktop in the graphics tab if you wish.
Install the MFC42.dll from a Windows XP box, if it does not already exist, or install WineTricks.
You will need a native MFC42.dll in ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32 before the IrfanView install will work.

4. Copy the iview427.exe file to /home/user/.wine/drive_c, then install IrfanView with:
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cd /home/user/.wine/drive_c
cp /home/user/Downloads/iview427_setup.exe .
wine iview427_setup.exe

5. Delete the I_view32.ini file in ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/IrfanView

6. Change the ICON by Right clicking on the Desktop Icon and then clicking on
the displayed ICON. Change to /usr/share/pixmaps/wine.svg
OR Download Irfanview.PNG
Other possible ICON choices are located at /usr/share/icons and lower subdirectories.....

7. Copy the setup_kadmos_irfanview_us.exe file to /home/user/.wine/drive_c, then install ocr_kadmos with:
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cd /home/user/.wine/drive_c
cp /home/user/Downloads/setup_kadmos_irfanview_us.exe .
wine setup_kadmos_irfanview_us.exe

8. Execute Irfanview, and configure the Language as ENGLISH, then check the box to "Load UNICODE Plugin",
then select OK.

9. Open a JPG file (Picture of a cookbook page) in Irfanview

10. Seclect OPTIONS -> START OCR....

11. When the OCR Window opens, select the Language as ENGLISH UK, then click on CONFIG, Click on the Button
SAVE IN..., and save in the Folder named Windows as file reConfig.ini. This will create the required configuration files.

12. From the OCR Window, click on MANAGE CLASSIFIERS & DICTIONARIES, Click on ENGLISH UK, then
Click on DOWNLOAD OTHER LANGUAGES, and Click on ENGLISH US, and six files will be downloaded.
These additional files will be saved in /home/user/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/IrfanView/Plugins/ocr_kadmos
as *.rec and en_US* files.

13. With the Language selected as ENGLISH US, and DICTIONARY as "no check" Left Click and Drag in the Left Panel,
to mark a square of the Text to OCR. A window will open with the recognized text. If your JPG is displaying two pages from
a cookbook, you will have to OCR each page individually, by selecting the page in the selected area, saving each
page before proceeding to the second portion.



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Re: [HOWTO] - Install IrfanView & OCR_KADMOS in Debian

Postby lkraemer » 2019-05-13 12:56

[HOWTO] - Install IrfanView & OCR_KADMOS in Debian and OCR .PDF Pages.
Postby lkraemer » 2019-05-13 08:46

When you want to OCR a multipage .PDF document, you need some information about the PDF.

Typically , I extract all the .PDF Pages so I have pg_00, pg_01, pg_xx. Then, I look a single .PDF
page to get the settings. I just viewed one that has the following properties:

Width 831 pixels
Height 1171 pixels
Resolution 100 Pixels per inch

Most PDF files are either 72 or 100 DPI. That isn't much resolution, and will give poor results when you try to
OCR the page. I use the convert program included with Irfanview to increase the resolution, output a .tif file,
and prepare the .PDF page for scanning.

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convert -density 450 pg_0002.pdf -depth 8 pg_0002.tif
convert -density 450 pg_0003.pdf -depth 8 pg_0003.tif

If the page has an ALPHA Channel, I remove it from each *.tif image with GIMP, as necessary.

After that, I start Irfanview and open the first .tif file. I draw a box around the text I want to OCR.
Then, select the OPTION MENU and scroll down to KADMOS OCR. When the Text is displayed
I draw another box around the text I need OCR'd. A window pops up with the Text. This text must
now be saved. You are not able to edit the text at this point. Exit the OCR window and load the next
.tif file to process. When you are totally done processing the tif's, go back and edit each .txt file to
clean up the text. Irfanview should do 85-90% accurate OCR's. It produces better output than
Textbridge Classic 2.0, Tesseract 3.x, and other OCR programs I've tested.


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Re: [HOWTO] - Install IrfanView & OCR_KADMOS in Debian

Postby Lecram » 2019-07-13 15:09

6. Change the ICON by Right clicking on the Desktop Icon and then clicking on
the displayed ICON. Change to /usr/share/pixmaps/wine.svg
OR Download Irfanview.PNG
Other possible ICON choices are located at /usr/share/icons and lower subdirectories...

why do we have to change the icons?
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Re: [HOWTO] - Install IrfanView & OCR_KADMOS in Debian

Postby lkraemer » 2019-11-08 11:17

You don't have to change the Icon, assuming your system located and used the icon.
My Debian 9.x system didn't have an icon for the launcher.


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