Three Easy Ways to OCR

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Sometimes we need to get the text out of an image (such as the one posted above, a document scan, a screenshot, or a photo – think a group picture with nametags, for example). It is just inconvenient not to be able to search within “image-documents” or parse them.

I have good news for you. Character recognition is a solved computer task. There are several convenient ways to address the challenge.

  1. Upload to Google Drive.
    • It will convert your image to text upon uploading.
    • It is far from perfect, though; most formatting will be lost
  2. Google Cloud OCR recognizes formatting.
  3. Yandex Image automatically OCRs when you search by image:

Do you have a favorite OCR tool?

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