What is an OCR application?
An OCR application is a tool that identifies text content within images and converts in into a convenient, fully searchable format. OCR applications are based on optical recognition technology, making the shapes of the text characters the key feature for recognition. OCR software is used widely, for many different purposes.
Where are OCR applications used?
OCR applications are used in many different industries, in any context where text needs to be made searchable. Specifically, OCR is used for scanned documents, which are processed by the computer as image files until they are transformed using OCR software. OCR is used to create digital archives of paper documents, to share journal articles, and to make millions of books available online, among other uses.
How to use an OCR application
To use an OCR application, simply install it on your computer and select the files that you need. If you use a good program, the process should be straightforward and the results should be ready quickly. One popular OCR application is Maestro Recognition Server from CVISION. This powerful tool is available in a trial version, which you can download for free.