If IT's Just Plain Text, Such As A Letter, Then OCR Software
by Grif Thomas - 5/19/13 4:46 PM
In Reply to: Hard Copy to text by kawetzel
...might fit the bill.. Many scanners include a type of OCR (Optical Character Resolution) software from which you simply place the letter in the scanner, then choose the settings to scan the file to a .doc file (Microsoft Word).. For example, every newer HP scanner that I've used recently includes a type of free OCR scanning software. (The HP Photosmart I'm sitting at now has one named "I.R.I.S. OCR". ) Same with Epson regarding free, included OCR software. In addition, if you've got a recent version of Microsoft Office installed, I believe the "Microsoft Office Document Imaging" should do the job as well.
In my experience, most OCR software only works well with very basic text documents.. If they are complex charts, or pictures on the page, with lots of lines, etc., the programming doesn't seem to transfer the information correctly to the Word document.. On the other hand, with plain text letters, they do a fairly decent job BUT it's important to proof-read the final document as there are usually a few mistakes.
For some other free OCR programs, the link below might help.
Hope this helps.
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