Converting a scanned document into a Word document is fairly easy, and this process will show you how to turn a scan into editable text document. To do this task you need to have a scanner and an Optical Character Recognition [OCR] software. The scanner will convert the existing paper documents like letters, invoices, books and faxes into scanned images while the OCR software converts these scanned images into editable and searchable formats like PDF or Microsoft Word.
The free Windows-based Optical Character Recognition (OCR) application – FreeOCR is the helpful tool which allow you to convert a scanned document into electronic files containing readable text.
FreeOCR is a relatively small application with simple GUI to scan a document and convert it into processing ready text files. FreeOCR is a great alternative if you do not wish to install the huge companion software that usually bundled together with the scanner. In contrast to the scanned image, the files generated by FreeOCR are processable by word processors to support functions such as text search and editing.
Features of FreeOCR:
- Scan a document from any Twain or Wia compatible scanner using scanning resolution of 300dpi
- Supports most image files including multipage TIFF files
- FreeOCR utilizes the open source Tesseract OCR engine which enables it to extract and recognize the text precisely. Tesseract OCR engine is currently maintained by Google and it is one of the most accurate open source OCR engines available today.
- OCR PDF rendering without any 3rd party software installed e.g. Ghostscript or Adobe Acrobat
- Supported languages include Portuguese (Brazilian), Fraktur (Old German), Dutch, Spanish, German, Italian, Vietnamese, French and English.
- Available for Windows 2000, 2003, XP, Vista, Win 7.