Benefits of Having Optical Character Recognition (OCR)

OCR is a well-known feature used in offices worldwide, but despite being accessible to everyone it is a feature that remains relatively unknown to the general public. The reason for this is that there haven’t been that many applications for OCR pushed to mainstream consumption, although there are plenty of situations in which it can be very good to have such a tool on hand. To further expand on this, we will take the opportunity of this article to explore the various differences between having and not having OCR in various situations. It might help you decide whether or not you actually need OCR.

Keep in mind that there are numerous solutions available, both premium and free, like Free Soda PDF OCR. That being said, let’s look into the differences at hand.

Retrieving Large Texts

There are many day to day situations in which you have to copy over a very large text. And, to make matters worse, time is not on your side either. What that means is that you have no choice then to spend a ridiculous amount of time rushing to copy the text through less comfortable means like smashing the keys of your laptop, breaking your thumbs with lightning speed across your smartphone’s display, or the worst of all, jotting down everything on paper as fast as you can.

These are all inefficient solutions that are outdone by OCR. With OCR all it takes is for you to take a picture. After that, it takes one second for the software to scan it and the next thing you know you have a fully editable text file containing the large text.

Revising Publication Material or Printed Imagery

If you work with this sort of stuff then you’ve probably experienced the frustration of having to redo an entire magazine page for example because there was something wrong with the text. Since the text was captured in the form of a pictogram within the PDF file, you can’t edit it and you need to do everything from scratch. OCR on the other hand is able to scan that image and get the text you need. It brings it into an editable format and this allows you to modify it on the spot. Thus, it will only take a minute or two and you don’t have to redo the entire thing.

These are just a couple of examples of how OCR can be highly beneficial to your operation and will help you achieve maximum efficiency and productivity without minimum effort. And considering how media is crossing over more and more into the digital plain, it’s going to be even more useful in the near future.

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