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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Extracting text from a .PDF scanned book

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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OCR for numbers with gray noisy background

I tried to run OCR on multiple scanned sheets with numbers like this image (All with same background, digits only): But all trials failed! I tried offline OCRs: gocr, tesseract and couple of online ...
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Can a OCR confuse letter case?

Can a OCR sometimes confuse between letter case? For example 't' interpreted as 'T' or 'r' as 'R' at some point?
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Can Acrobat 11 be made to do OCR using multiple CPU cores?

OCR processing takes time. Using multiple CPU cores would speed up processing. Acrobat 10 was not a multithreaded application. How about Acrobat 11? Does 11 by default do OCR using multiple CPU cores ...
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Is there free OCR software that works well for source code?

I am trying to convert the screenshot given in this Stack Overflow question to a textual representation. I already did it by hand, but I'd like not to have to do that sort of thing again in the ...
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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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Is there Any OCR program that can handle non-Latin characters?

I'm looking for an OCR program that can work with hebrew characters. I'm open to using something on Mac or PC, but it needs to be a reliable program. What are my options?
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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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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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Is there a better way to correct errors in Adobe Acrobat's OCR results?

I'm using OCR Text Recognition integrated into Adobe Acrobat Pro 8 to produce an (invisible) searchable text overlay for text pages I have scanned. This is very neat for copying some phrases to the ...
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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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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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How to create documents from scanned images

I have a large number of Micorsoft Word documents to create, after a disk crash and patchy backups, destroyed the originals. We have a fair amount of the originals left, and instead of manually ...
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OCR Image recognition plugin for firefox and chrome? [closed]

Sometimes i need to OCR images that I stumble upon on some webpages. I would like to know if there are any plugins for Firefox and Chrome that would allow me to upload desired image for processing on ...
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Optimal lossy compression of images

I have a lot of images/documents, where I want quite a low filesize, without throwing away to much information, or cause generation loss with future compression. A) Documents, business cards etc ...
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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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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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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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Cleaning text in PDFs using OCR… or “There should definitely be a way to do this”

I get a lot of PDFs from other people consisting of scanned old documents. Unfortunately, sometimes the text on the scans, though legible, looks grainy and is hard to read. What I've been able to do ...
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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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How to add OCRed text to original pdf in gscan2pdf?

I am new to gscan2pdf 0.9.31, and just used it to OCR a scanned pdf. After saving the pdf, the OCRed text is stored on the top left corner. However I wish each OCRed character to be added to ...
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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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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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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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Scanning Hebrew text

What OCR programs and resources are available to scan Hebrew/Yiddish text? One program per answer please, and please include the following: Price Link to download or purchase site Does it work with ...
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OCR that adds generated text to the original pdf and djvu files?

My OS is Ubuntu. I found there are some applications can OCR a pdf or djvu file, generating another text file. But I was wondering how to add the OCRed text onto the original pdf or djvu files, to ...
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Can I force Acrobat Professional to replace the OCR-ed selectable image with text?

I have a book I want to read onscreen. It is scanned at 200 dpi monochrome (I still don't know what went wrong in the scanner driver, I remember setting it to grayscale, but cannot afford the time to ...
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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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Edit text in image

I have a JPG image with some text in it. I would like to edit this text. I am currently using Adobe Acrobat for this purpose, however I found that the Text Recognition Tool will not recognize all ...
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Form recognition using OCR and return image of the value

I'm on a project that processes hundreds of forms. The forms have consistent formats but are filled out by hand by different people. I need a way to quickly process all of this data into electronic ...
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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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OCR of engineering drawings?

What's the best solution for OCR analysis of handwritten text strings that appear on a map? More in-depth explanation of what I'm looking for: I'm working on a large data processing effort involving ...
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Software to read characters from picture [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Image to Text converter Here's why I need this software: I have a lot of screenshots taken of my tool; I need to read the user names and passwords from those ...
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Looking for software to rename file name of jpeg scan image of doc to text in the image

I'm scanning in many A4 paper documents to JPEG using a automated document feeder scanner. The results are FILE0001.JPG FILE0002.JPG etc. I would like a program to rename the file name title to text ...
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Free OCR Software that Detects Tables? [closed]

Im wondering if anyone knows if any free/open source OCR software (hopefully even anything command line or coding based) that can detect and reproduce data tables in digital form? This stems from ...
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Software for “OCR”'ing exact pixels from a photo of a videogame/pixel-art?

I am searching for software that can reconstruct the exact pixels from a photo of an old videogame or a piece pixel-art. The goal would be the re-digitalization of digital images that only survived in ...
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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 can I port a text layer from one PDF to another? (in windows)

I have a few files in .djvu format, which size is small, but unfortunately mi e-reader can't display it. I use DjvuToy to transform it to PDF and it keeps the small size; but then, when I use Abby ...
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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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Automate Reading Lotto Numbers

When we buy a large qty of Lotto tickets, is there a way to read all those numbers into a spreadsheet so that they can be checked against the winning numbers thru formulas/macros? I am looking for an ...
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Is there a utility to do OCR on images on the windows clipboard?

Sometimes, I find myself typing out a lot of text from a screen capture. Its quite tedious. Is there an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) program out there that would allow me to quickly convert ...
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OCR software for Windows, with support for non-English language

Precisely, I would like to find an OCR software which can convert PDF files and images to text. Also, it should support "Hungarian" language. I tried looking around, searching for such a software, ...