Optical character recognition (OCR) is the process of converting images of text to text that can be manipulated by word processors etc.

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How can I identify fonts from an image?

Many times I come across bitmaps with nothing but text paragraphs, so I was looking for a way to identify the font used, the paragraph alignment, line spacing and color, bold, italics. Would an OCR ...
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How to extract text with OCR from a PDF on Linux?

How do I extract text from a PDF that wasn't built with an index? It's all text, but I can't search or select anything. I'm running Kubuntu, and Okular doesn't have this feature.
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Image to Text converter [closed]

I need a software which can convert scanned text to editable text. I will prefer freeware?
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Good free OCR with GUI for correcting mistakes? (for Windows)

I've used SimpleOCR, which has a nice GUI for correcting mistakes. Unfortunately it makes a lot of mistakes! (and suffers other bugs and limitations) On the other hand Tesseract is more accurate but ...
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How can I convert scanned images as PDF to a searchable PDF file?

I have a PDF of a scanned book. I'm looking for a free software that will perform OCR and then provide an option to save it as a PDF or document again. Is there one?
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Extracting text from a .PDF scanned book [closed]

I have a scanned a book in PDF format, but the quality is rather poor: (The language is Romanian and it's a medical physiology book, in case you were wondering) I want to extract text from the ...
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How to do OCR on a PDF document? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to extract text with OCR from a PDF on Linux? I have a few documents in English and Hebrew that I scanned in and converted to PDF format. Is there some free or ...
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How do I Initiate an OCR scan in Microsoft Office Word 2010?

How do you kick off a scan and character recognition using Microsoft Office Word 2010 (Beta)? I can't seem to find an option to scan the document in my scanner directly into a 2010 Word document. I ...
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How can I preform OCR from the command line?

I need to perform OCR on the a backend of a website on a Linux machine with printed text. I read the other related questions here, so I tried tesseract, wich is considered as one of the most accurate ...
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Practical OCR solution for converting a large book to a digital format?

I was over by my grandparent's place this past weekend. My grandmother pulled out this giant (~1400 page) book of her family history going back to 1630 or so. Giant nerd that I am, I thought it would ...
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scan A4 doc > pdf > ocr > translate to english?

I've tried using a combination of my home scanner to create a '300 dpi', 'document', 'pdf' (options on Canon all-in-one) ZoHoViewer to create either an RTF or TXT file google docs to translate I'm ...
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Batch OCR for many PDF files (not already OCRed)?

I use Google Desktop Search (I am on Vista) and not all my PDF files are recognized in my archive folder. It is normal as "PDF files that contain scanned images" are not indexed ( ...
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Command-line OCR in Windows 7

What are some command-line OCR utilities that will work in Windows 7 64-bit?
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What software can convert handwriting to text?

I took a look at MyScript, but the program does not accept PDF format. I have a few documents (PDF) that are scans of hand writing. I need a program that can take the PDF scan it, use OCR and ...
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Free OCR for Arabic text

A friend has requested I convert an Arabic text .pdf into Word. Google Docs does not seem an option but new OCR looked promising because Arabic is featured in the 'Recognition language' dropdown. I ...
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OCR batch processing images

I have about 3000 small images of text which I want to process into a comma separated list. Is there any free program that would be capable of this?
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Batch-OCR many PDFs

This has been discussed a year ago here: Batch OCR for many PDF files (not already OCRed)? Is there any way to batch OCR PDFs that haven't been already OCRed? This is, I think, the current state of ...
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OCR for Sanskrit ( OR devanagari)

I need an OCR s/w for Sanskrit OR devanagari. I need a s/w which can convers character into UNICODE.
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Extract OCR text from Evernote

Evernote does OCR on the images you save to it. Is there a way to get the full text equivalent for an image in Evernote, or is the OCR only for searching?
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PDF has an extra blank in all words after running through Ghostscript

This PDF was produced by Abbyy Finereader 10: http://ebooks.zeitr.org/from_abbyy.pdf You can copy & paste the first sentence and get this (very good) text result: Der ┬╗Bund Deutscher ...
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How to automatically find non-searchable PDFs

Suppose I have a directory full of many PDFs. In most of them, the text is completely search-able, which is the way I need them to be. But a few of them are just image scans, and they need to be ...
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Replace (OCR) garbled text in PDF?

Now and then I come across a PDF which looks fine in first place but the underlying text is garbled. Currently I have a PDF where only the headings are garbled and I would like to know if it's ...
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Copy image and paste to OCR

Running Win 7. Is there OCR freeware that easily allows copy of a picture and paste into the conversion program. I have no scanner at this time. Want to convert stored images.
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What is a good handwriting recognition software?

I bought a Livescribe pen which records whatever I write (and say). However, it can only give me pdf versions of what I wrote. Using MyScript (an paid extension) I can have it convert my handwritten ...
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Babylon can't recognize text on Firefox 4 ~ 8 & IE 9

Before I upgraded to Firefox 4 & IE 9, Babylon was succesfully recognizing text on those browsers. After the upgrade, it cannot recognize text anymore. I've played with the OCR Optimization in the ...
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How can I make OCR recognize my documents' text better?

I can't get some of my docs with images to be recognized by OCR. They're not especially low-resolution — though some are distorted — but I can't get them through OCR even with Omnipage. I ...
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Training Tesseract-OCR for english language fonts

I have about 3000 small images of single words that I am trying to convert to text. I have installed tesseract on my windows 7 machine using the installer and successfully managed to OCR images ...
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OCR in Word 2013

Word 2013 can naively open and edit PDF documents (big plus in my opinion). Is there a way to get it do some OCR as well? On a PDF that that had mostly pictures, even the parts that were pure text ...
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OCR Image based PDF [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Extracting text from a .PDF scanned book How to do OCR on a PDF document? I've got a >200 page pdf manual that was produced by scanning hard copy. I'd like to convert ...
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Looking for recommendations on OCR problem - tabular numeric data

I have 20 pages of experiment measurement data which I need to digitalize. The results are in tabular form, scanned in 600 dpi resolution, and as far as scans go, they came up pretty clean and ...
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How do I get the best quality screenshot for OCR (Optical Character Recognition) and what tool would be the best for screenshots?

I'm trying to get some data into a text file from screenshots. Apparently screenshots don't work very well with OCR because they are 75dpi and the minimum for good quality OCR is 150dpi. Does anyone ...
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OCR for low quality images

Unfortunately, this is not CSI, we collected 20,000 images for license plates; we were wondering if there is a semi reliable way to read those license plates using OCR. the images especially night ...
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Online OCR website for processing an entire pdf file at one time? [closed]

I am looking for an online OCR website for processing a multi-page pdf file at one time. Free preferably. I know http://www.newocr.com/. If I am correct, it can only OCR one page at a time, by ...