When is text recognition software necessary?
Text recognition software is useful when you have an image file containing text that is not accessible because it is not machine-readable as anything besides an image. This is often the case with scanned documents, which contain text, but which are output simply as TIFF image files. in such cases, you can use optical character recognition (OCR) software to make the files text-searchable.
How does OCR work?
OCR uses algorithms that use the optical properties of text characters to identify them. Based on the outline of a letter, OCR software can identify it, and put together words. OCR is now flexible enough to work with different fonts, so it is able to handle some minor variability in letter shapes. However, it is impossible to process handwritten text without intelligent character recognition (ICR).
Choosing your OCR text recognition software
When getting text recognition software for your office, do a bit of research about differences in quality among the various OCR tools. Some are designed for professional use, but others are not, and it is important to identify what is right for your needs. Maestro Recognition Server from CVISION has the high accuracy and batch processing capabilities that most businesses demand. To try Maestro for free, download the free trial version.