Why recognize text in scanned documents?
Scanned documents lose much of their value if the text within them cannot be recognized by machine. If the text is not recognized, then the document is only useful as an image file that can be viewed, but not modified in any way. If a document is made text-searchable however, you can then work with the text, copy and paste it, and use it just as you would any other text file.
How to recognize text in scanned documents
In order to recognize text in scanned documents, you need special text recognition software. Optical character recognition software, known as OCR, is designed to recognize text automatically, and is used to make lengthy documents available in digital format. Simply download the software, and you can have any file text-searchable instantly.
Tools to recognize text in scanned documents
When choosing an OCR tool, look at all of the features of available products. For example, there are many free tools available for download online, but many of these are not useful because they are not sufficiently sensitive, and make a large number of errors. They are also much slower than professional solutions. If you are interested in trying a professional solution for free, download the free trial version of Maestro Recognition Server from CVISION.