What is OCR software and how do I use it with PDF
OCR software overview: How does OCR work
Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is an advanced feature that allows users to transform paper documents and images into editable PDFs. This can be done with the use of a scanner, and the OCR feature can be activated once a document has been successfully scanned through a PDF application such as Soda PDF.
The goal is to transform a picture of a text into text itself. What does this mean? Imagine you have an image containing words (e.g. a JPEG of a restaurant menu). With OCR software, you can scan the image of the restaurant menu and transform it into an editable PDF document. In other words, you will be able to modify the text that was previously a static image.
Benefits of using an OCR program
The benefits of using OCR software are manifold, the main one being the amount of time it will save you in the long run. Instead of having to rewrite an entire document to have a digital and editable copy of it on your computer, you can simply scan your paper document and activate the OCR feature.
It will also save you time because you won’t have to manually search through a pile of papers if you’re looking for a particular document. Once your files are digitized, you can just search for specific keywords on your computer. You can even run searches within each PDF if you just want to find a word in that particular document.
Soda PDF’s OCR feature also allows users to choose between manual and automatic text recognition. The manual function gives you the freedom to decide how the OCR engine will interact with your images (i.e., adjusting the fields to recognize the text within an image).
This advanced tool will recognize text within documents, images, and even handwritten notes. It can be extremely handy for industry professionals such as lawyers, doctors, and teachers.
Using OCR software online
What’s great about Soda PDF is that it also offers an online PDF solution for your OCR needs. You can easily recognize text within your documents and images on the go, directly through your web browser. Simply visit Soda PDF Online and get OCR-ing.
Watch this tutorial video to learn how to use OCR in Soda PDF
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