Originally Posted by scottwww
OCR software does that? ORLY? I've used OCR software and it hasn't done that at all. What is your source of information? I haven't tried it on my own birth certificate to see if there might be something very strange about OCR software that could confirm what you say. Have you tried it? What makes you think OCR software would create all those layers and what makes you think that the signature would not show gradients?
For the record, I think that the certificate is legitimate, but the scan was purposely manipulated for Obama with the purpose of continuing the discussion. He gained politically by the original call to produce the certificate, so he wants to see if he can do it again. Nothing else makes sense. Your OCR expanation makes no sense. Perhaps you can change mine (and others) minds by demonstrating this effect on other birth certificates or documents. That is a challenge for you. I expect you to fail utterly in that pursuit, but would certainly welcome the effort, and acknowledge your win if it is a reproduceable effect.
I still haven't watched parts 2, 3 and 4. I will do that tonight!
The RIGHT WING National Review has already done the work on OCR. No need to redo it.
PDF Layers in Obamaís Birth Certificate
April 27, 2011 2:35 P.M.
By Nathan Goulding
We have received several e-mails today calling into question the validity of the PDF that the White House released, namely that there are embedded layers in the document. There are now several other people on the case. We looked into it and dismissed it.
The PDF is composed of multiple images. Thatís correct. Using a photo editor or PDF viewer of your choice, you can extract this image data, view it, hide it, etc. But these layers, as theyíre being called, arenít layers in the traditional photo-editing sense of the word. They are, quite literally, pieces of image data that have been positioned in a PDF container. They appear as text but also contain glyphs, dots, lines, boxes, squiggles, and random garbage. Theyíre not combined or merged in any way. Quite simply, they look like they were created programmatically, not by a human.
Whatís plausible is that somewhere along the way ó from the scanning device to the PDF-creation software, both of which can perform OCR (optical character recognition) ó these partial/pseudo-text images were created and saved. Whatís not plausible is that the government spent all this time manufacturing Obamaís birth certificate only to commit the laughably rookie mistake of exporting the layers from Photoshop, or whatever photo editing software they are meant to have used. Itís likely that whoever scanned the birth certificate in Hawaii forgot to turn off the OCR setting on the scanner. Letís leave it at that.
UPDATE: Iíve confirmed that scanning an image, converting it to a PDF, optimizing that PDF, and then opening it up in Illustrator, does in fact create layers similar to what is seen in the birth certificate PDF. You can try it yourself at home.
UPDATE II: For those of you who still arenít convinced, hereís a one-page PDF that I just scanned and optimized, so you can see for yourself that an optimized PDF shows up in Illustrator as layers. (I didnít spend hours getting the settings right.)
Your conspiracy theory was killed almost a MONTH ago!!
Stop falling into Obama's trap to make you look like a complete moron.