After scanning a document, there usually is not much you can do with it afterwards. The most you would be able to do is to just to rotate the image and do very basic things. Extracting the text would not be possible unless you decided to run the document through text recognition software which has OCR. Optical character recognition will allow your document to become text-searchable and text-editable. This will greatly increase the amount of things you can do with your scanned document after running it through text recognition software.
Benefits to text recognition
There are a lot of benefits to applying OCR to your documents. For one, you can now create a virtual database of all your scanned documents. Finding and accessing them will be easier than ever before because instead of having to physically locate it by looking through them one by one, you can search for keywords or terms and the document will appear. That is because the computer recognizes the file as much more than just a scanned image; it recognizes it as a text document.
Ways to implement OCR
In order to start obtaining the capabilities of OCR, you will need to implement a text recognition software. CVISION Technologies has one of the best OCR products available on the market, Maestro Recognition Server. Best of all, it is easy to use and its accuracy rates are higher than the competition. To learn more about Maestro or any of the other CVISION products, feel free to contact us directly. You may also download a free trial version of Maestro and try it for yourself; just click on the buttons above.