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    Rotating text

    I have just come across a "Stop Press" article that runs across the panel from right to left instead of down it. Is there any way of rotating the screen? As scanned, the text is almost entirely illegible. The original is not very clear, and - not being a contortionist - I would have no chance at all of reading it.
    I don't think that it is a particularly important item, and I shall probably not chase it up further, but on principle in case something more important does arise, can the text be rotated? Maybe I should know this, but I don't.

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    Which OS are you using? If you have a mac this may help: http://www.mactip.net/tip-how-to-rotate-screen-on-mac/

    For Windows, just ask Google and then choose the most relevant forum.
    Last edited by mogedon; 26-11-2012 at 05:36 PM. Reason: grammar

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    I did not know you could do that ..... very handy in such cases.

    I have seen similar situations where long tables of data are presented sideways down the length of the column, so that the contained text in the table is also turned sideways.

    The interesting thing about the OCR in these sideways tables is that the system had been able to read the text and numbers correctly in most cases, despite it being turned 90 degrees. Unfortunately, as is the case with many tables, the OCR had messed up the table rows so that most table 'cells' were treated as separate column lines ....... can't have everything I suppose.

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    I am using Windows and Word 7. I think. Can that be superimposed on the Trove ETT???
    There is so much other work to be done on the newspapers that I suppose it is not disastrous if a few sideways texts are passed over. While you are doing one thing, you can't be doing something else.

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    Just started work again when I came across another problem I would never even have imagined. One single small word (German "von") written from bottom to top within a line in large print. Impossible. It has been equally impossible to do anything sensible with the cited markings on impounded stock - all sorts of weird shapes in addition to numbers and letters. It is not vital; nobody is going to claim the livestock after 150 years; still, it is frustrating being unable to do anything about them. Mostly it is not a case of simply leaving it as the program has scanned it, as the program often has just skipped the symbol, and sometimes the whole line with it.
    I suppose I shall just have to get over fretting about it. After all, it is unlikely that anybody will be doing a Google search for the symbols.

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    If you save the article in JPG or PDF, then many of the tools which display/manipulate those formats support rotatation.

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    Oh, my aching head! A goose quill was much simpler.

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    Haven't seen a sideways article yet, but did find an odd line - which was upside down.
    Someone must have been having a bad day in the typesetting department.

    "shock when it was"
    http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/94464586

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    I was looking for article http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4798378 and found an odd page - http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page554243 - which is displayed upside down or rotated 180 degrees. The OCR almost makes sense, but the green highlight falls on the position in the image where it would be had the image been presented up the right way. Rotating the image does not fix this.

    It looks as if the previous page http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page554242 is another copy of the same page, but up the right way.

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    Hi bancam,

    You should report this problem to Trove and they may be able to correct it. I came across a similar problem once.

    It is simply that everything is correct with the page in Trove, just that the page image loaded for display has somehow been turned upside down.

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