How to recognize the text?

Andrey Kim
Andrey Kim
November 26, 2014
How to recognize the text?

Sometimes we need to translate text from paper into electronic format. Of course, the simplest option is to reprint the text, but it is much faster to scan or take a photo of it, and then, using special programs, recognize and convert it to the desired format. In this article we will talk about using which programs and how to recognize the text from a picture or photo and translate it into the required format.

Online services

The main advantage of online services in document recognition is the simplicity of the interface. The user simply needs to upload the file and click the “Recognize” button. There are quite a few online services that allow you to recognize the text, and each of them has its pros and cons. For example, it is completely free and does not require registration service, however, firstly, it represents the recognized text directly in the browser, that is, it must be copied into Word or another format independently, and secondly, which is worse, sometimes the service is something confuses with the encoding and gives an absolute abracadabra.Service does not suffer from such problems, but registration is required here. In addition, there is a limit on free text recognition. So, in the case when it is necessary to recognize texts often, it is better to install a special program.


Perhaps the most successful program for text recognition is ABBYY FineReader, it works with a lot of formats and allows you to recognize text not only from the image, but also from a pdf-file. The program contains a number of work scenarios, among which are “Scan to Microsoft Word”, “Scan to PDF”, etc. After defining the script, you must click the "New task" button and load the document that you want to recognize. The program will recognize the entire document in automatic mode, but the user can set the recognition area and manually. Of course, after recognition, it is possible to edit the text and save it in one of the many supported formats.

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