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I have a 90-odd page list of book distributors, for work. My boss wanted me to scan them all in. I did that. He now asked if it were possible to A: remove the entries without email addresses, and B: send a stock email to all of the distributors WITH email addresses.
The problem is that since the pages are formatted as four columns of pretty small and slightly faded text, if I OCR the lists I'll more than likely get a lot of gibberish in there that I'd have to manually check ANYWAY. PLUS I'd end up with a mish-mash of stuff in MS Word which I couldn't really do anything with. From my very faint memories of working with stuff in Office I could do the whole stock email thing in...Works, maybe? But even there I'd have to manually enter or copy-paste into a database the names and email addresses of several hundred distributors, and THEN I'm not certain how I'd send said emails out.
I say I, but this really isn't my job, it's just been handed on to me just now because the person who was meant to do it has quit working for the guy. MY job is to "computerise" (his words) his typewriter-based manuscripts. I initially thought my boss just wanted the list on my PC as a backup, so I scanned it all in and he's gonna pay me for the time. But this stuff, I'm guessing, would take much longer than I have time for, given that I have exams to study for, and he's been understanding about that sort of thing. So I think I'm just gonna have to say that I cannot get this stuff done soon enough for him, given my other commitments, and that he may have to find someone else to do this list business.
That being said, if I don't do this, I think he'd like to know how it should be done, to pass instructions on to whoever has to do it.
So, am I on the money with my assessment of how this task would be done, or is there a more efficient way?