What OCR is and How It Works

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OCR, or optical character recognition, is a technology that allows computers to recognize and interpret text that appears in scanned documents, PDF files, and images. OCR technology uses artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to analyze the visual characteristics of text and identify the letters and words that appear in the scanned material.

To use OCR technology, a user first needs to scan a document or image that contains text. The scanned material is then processed by the OCR software, which analyzes the visual characteristics of the text in the image. This process involves identifying the specific shapes and patterns that make up each letter and word in the text.

Once the OCR software has identified the text in the scanned material, it converts it into digital text that can be edited and searched. This digital text can then be saved as a Word document, a text file, or any other format that can be edited and searched.

One of the key advantages of OCR technology is its ability to recognize text in a variety of fonts and languages. This makes it a valuable tool for businesses that need to process large volumes of text in different languages or with different fonts. OCR technology can also recognize text that is handwritten, printed, or typed, making it a versatile tool for a wide range of applications.

In addition to its ability to recognize text, OCR technology also allows users to search for specific words or phrases within the text. This makes it easy to quickly locate specific information within large volumes of data. OCR technology also allows users to edit the digital text, making it possible to make changes to scanned documents without having to rescan the original material.

Overall, OCR technology is a powerful tool that allows businesses to quickly and accurately convert scanned documents and images into digital text. By automating the process of converting text, OCR technology saves businesses time and money, while also improving the accuracy and accessibility of important information.

Shai Leviner
Shai Leviner
Responsible for CharacTell’s global sales, marketing, and business development outside the US.
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