Summary of Image Converting Tools

 Thanks to all!  A couple of good leads and a definitive answer.  Here is the
 summary.  I'll forward anything else unique.
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 > Date: Monday, December 9, 1996
 > From: "Joseph T. Golab" <jtgolab %! at !%>
 >! I am trying to locate a program that will convert a scanned image (bitmap)
 >! of a spectrum into a series of digitial (X,Y) points.  Does anyone have or
 >! know of a program like this?  If so, please contact me directly using the
 >! information below.
 > Date: Mon, 9 Dec 1996 14:53:32 -0800
 > From: "Frank J. Devlin" <devlin %! at !%>
 Hi Joe,
 The program you need is called UN-SCAN-IT and it is sold by
           Silk Scientific, Inc.
           P.O. Box 533
           Orem, Utah 84059
       tel:(801) 377-6978
       fax:(801) 378-5474
 The software costs about $300 and is very easy to use.  It runs on
 DOS, WINDOWS, OS/2 and MAC platforms.
 Dr. Frank J. Devlin
 Chemistry Dept
 Univ. So. California
 Los Angeles, CA 90089-0482
 (213) 740-7554.
 > Date: Mon, 9 Dec 1996 12:41:16 -0500
 > From: john %! at !% (John J. Nash)
 Dear Joe:
 There is a program called "Un-Plot It" which might suit your needs. I
 found it in the ACS Software catalogue. There are both Windows and Mac
 versions available. It is produced by Silk Scientific, Inc.
 > From the description: "...Convert virtually any graph, plot, or figure
 inito digital (x,y) form and input it into a computer..."
 Hope this helps!
 John J. Nash
 Purdue University
 john %! at !%
 > Date: Mon, 9 Dec 1996 19:00:56 GMT
 > From: mac %! at !% (Malcolm Cline)
 They have free image conversion ON-LINE that supports 75 or
 more types of file formats.
 mac %! at !%
 Malcolm A. Cline
 Senior Marketing Scientist
 Tripos, Inc.
 > Date: Mon, 9 Dec 1996 11:26:54 -0800
 > From: Jacqueline Bennett <jacs %! at !%>
 DataThief at can convert scanned PICT files into (x,y)
 points that can be imported into spreadsheets such as Excel, CricketGraph,
 and DeltaGraph. The only version that I am aware of works    on Macintosh.
 > Date: Mon, 9 Dec 1996 13:36:26 -0600
 > From: "Ashcraft AC (Clif)" <aaaabb1 %! at !%>
 "Data Thief"  does it for MacIntoshes.
 		Clif Ashcraft
 > Date: Mon, 09 Dec 1996 14:36:30 -0500 (EST)
 > From: willsd %! at !%
 I had a similar problem a while ago and found a program called (I think..)
 tsdigit.  It was crude in the sense that it required you to use your mouse
 to click on points along the curve to get coodinates of those points put
 into an ascii file.  It works, but is hardly automatic and would be quite
 annoying to use if your spectrum was richly structured.  It also requires
 great care in making sure that the original spectrum is lined up parallel
 to the scanner axis.
 Steve Williams
 > Date: Mon, 09 Dec 1996 14:43:35 -0500
 > From: Karl Irikura <irikura %! at !%>
 Hi Joe.  I think I've seen such a program advertised in C&EN (or
 Physics Today?), with a title something like "Unplot-It".
 Unfortunately, I don't remember any details and couldn't find
 anything on the WWW.
 But I did just find that Jandel has a product, described at  They have a
 demo, but I didn't see prices.
 Best wishes!
 Dr. Karl K. Irikura
 Physical and Chemical Properties Division
 National Institute of Standards and Technology
 Gaithersburg, MD  20899
 voice: 301-975-2510	fax: 301-975-3670
 e-mail: karl.irikura %! at !%
 > Date: 9 Dec 1996 14:10:01 -0600
 > From: "David Reichert" <reichertd %! at !%>
 Jandel Scientific sells a program called Sigmascan that does this. I've never
 used it but supposedly it's pretty good.
 David E. Reichert, Ph.D.
 Mallinckrodt Inst. of Radiology
 Div. Radiation Sciences
 phone: (314)362-8461
 fax: (314)362-9940
 e-mail: reichertd %! at !%
 > Date: Mon, 9 Dec 1996 14:27:05 -0600 (CST)
 > From: "Michael E. Johnson" <mej %! at !%>
 There is a program called unscanit (or close) marketed by Silk Software,
 I believe Utah-based.  I have used it; it's not bad.
 Mike Johnson
 > Date:          Tue, 10 Dec 1996 08:17:55 SAST
 > From: "Mr HG Kruger" <KRUGER %! at !%>
 There is an Israly company selling a good product called "Cotev
 Technology"  It is a very nice program which is easy to use.  The last
 version I saw 1993 was still a dos version.  I only have there postal
 address but email exist.
 Let me know if you are interested and if you cannot find the email
 address.  Please send me a copy of the replies you get!
 Best wishes
 Gert Kruger
 Dr HG Kruger, Dept Chemistry, University of Natal,
 PO Box 18091, Dalbridge 4014, Durban, South Afica
 Tel  +27-31-2602181   Fax  +27-31-2603091
 Email  kruger %! at !%
 > Date: Tue, 10 Dec 1996 09:24:41 +0100 (MET)
 > From: Gerd Thys <thys %! at !%>
 perhaps you can try WINDIG. It converts graphs into tables, so I guess it
 will work for your problem too.
 It's a Win3.1 program, freeware... You can find it at every CICA mirror,
 in the win3/desktop directory. The zip-file is called
 I hope you can find it... I downloaded it some time ago, the information
 I send now is a transcript of a mail in CCL of June 25...
 If you need more info, please mail
 Best regards,
 Gerd Thys                    Ph.D. Student
 Structural Chemistry Group
 University of Antwerp (UIA)
 Universiteitsplein 1         E-mail: thys %! at !%
 B-2610 Wilrijk               URL:
 > Date: Tue, 10 Dec 1996 08:40:07 -0500 (EST)
 > From: Bruce Allan Palfey <brupalf %! at !%>
 Hello Joe
 For the Mac, there's a program called Data Thief available at a variety of
 sites.  For instance, try:
 > Date: Tue, 10 Dec 1996 16:10:00 +0000 (GMT)
 > From: Krzysztof Radacki <Krys.Radacki %! at !%>
 WINDIG-freeware that you can download from (SRC.DOC.IC.AC.UK)
 from path
 It=B4s realy nice program with posibility of digitizing data from 'a little
 rotated' scans also.
            Krzys Radacki
  e-mail:       Krys.Radacki %! at !% ac.RWTH-Aachen.DE
 > Date: Tue, 10 Dec 1996 09:41:38 -0800
 > From: Lutfur Khundkar <lkhundkr %! at !%>
 There is a company out in Utah, I believe, called Silk Software that
 sells a product that may be exactly what you are looking for.
 Unfortunately, I don't have an address handy. If you are interested, I
 can try to locate it. Or you could try a Web search.
 Lutfur Khundkar
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