If you ever had to type over a book or a long printed document just to make a couple changes in the text, then you would know how arduous and boring the process is. There should be some magical process that automatically scans the document and converts it into readable text, shouldn’t it? Well you are in luck! There is such a process….
A technology called Optical character recognition, abbreviated to OCR, conversion of scanned images of handwritten, typewritten or printed text into machine readable text. How it works is that the OCR program will scan the document and compare it with the fonts that it has stored in its database. Those fonts that it cannot recognize, such as illegible handwritting or characters, it would use a ‘best guess’ approximation.
There are many programs that allow you to scan and read the text of documents. The one that we have found the best is a program called ABBYY FineReader. Some free programs that you can use are: