I'm no programmer, but I need to find or write software for a rather unusual purpose. I need to partially automate the accurate recovery of the letterforms of a Renaissance font from printed pages, presented as monochrome bitmaps.
Firstly, the program needs to isolate each of the black forms on the white background, placing each separately in memory. These forms do not stand in neat rectangles of white.
I have no idea how to do this in the languages of which I understand a little, VB (5!) and Python, and a solution for either or in pseudocode would be wonderful. I assume this is easy for someone who knows what they're doing: I don't.
Thanks very much,