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OCR is Optical Character Recognition. It refers to the process of detecting text embedded within images so that it can be copied, searched, and narrated as though it were a regular text document.

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Live Text from webcam in MacOS

Getting used to Live Text via tap menu in text inputs on iOS1 I'd like to use it the same ubiquitous way on macOS, but there you must use the Preview app (link via). So you have to 1st take a photo ...
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Turn a bunch of photos into a PDF book, splitting and "fixing" pages

I have a series of images of the pages from a very old reference book that I use all the time. Some are a single page, some facing pages. On iOS are there apps that will automatically fix-up such ...
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Any ABBYY Finereader users here?

I am trying to scan old source code in BASIC and other languages like Pascal. I have tried a couple of OCR products with mixed results. The big problem is they don't treat spaces as important and run ...
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Built-in OCR in macOS?

Recently I've found on my Mac that I can easily highlight text in an image that wasn't possible before. Is there also a built-in CLI option or an AppleScript option to address the OCR program with ...
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OCR on macOS that is actually useful? [duplicate]

I am trying to extract the BASIC code from archive.org's copy of What to do After You Hit Return, a 1975 book of computer games. The PDF is simply a series of images, without the underlying text. I ...
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Mac Monterey "Live Text" Not Working for Imported Screen Shots in Photos app

LiveText seems to work in Photos for pictures that I've taken with my iPhone camera. However, I want to use the Live Text on screenshots from meetings. I've imported the screen shot into Photos, with ...
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Force Notes app to OCR pasted screenshots

How to force Notes app to OCR pasted screenshots to make them searchable?
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For "Live Text" in macOS Monterey, can you have it scan all of your photos, and use the Live Text OCR'd content to search against in Spotlight Search?

MacOS Monterey includes "Live Text", which is OCR to use when viewing your photos, including handwriting recognition. But I have thousands of photos, many of which are photos of ...
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automator: sorting image with ocr

I have a folder with screenshots of a document, in every image I have an article number in the same exact position. Ideally, I would like something in a text file or to add to numbers table. what is ...
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HP LaserJet wont print OCR'ed file or Power Point file, sent from OSX

I've got an HP Colour LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw printer. The printer works fine for word docs, images etc and PDFs (which are not OCR'ed) If a PDF has been created from a scanned document then OCR'...
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Command Line Tool to Batch Convert .EML/.EMLX/.MBOX to Searchable PDFs?

I need to convert about 500k emails into searchable PDFs. By 'searchable' I mean that macOS will be able to scan them for specific words rather than simply treating them as an image. My searches, thus ...
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Why is Adobe Acrobat using only one core for a heavy task, and how can I make it perform faster?

Adobe Acrobat is performing Optical Character Recognition on a document with thousands of pages. This is a heavy task which will take hours. Activity Monitor tells me that Acrobat is only using one ...
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Having trouble with automating Google searches with text extracted from Tesseract-OCR [closed]

Having some trouble with a project and hopefully someone can help. I'm trying to take extracted text from tesseract-ocr and use that text as the search query of Google Chrome searches. My shell ...
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How can I search within documents from the Finder?

I scan documents (receipts, etc) PDFs and the software does OCR to make them searchable. I can search them from within Preview, but I'd like to be able to search within the documents in Finder (or ...
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How to filter out only searchable PDFs from amid a myriads PDF files?

I have a folder containing only PDF files from amid which some are searchable PDFs (OCR'ed scanned documents). There are almost 6000 PDF files in the folder and I need to filter out (copy/move to ...
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How to install Tesserocr on Mac

I'm trying to install Tesserocr for python I'm not sure what the replacement for apt-get in apt-get install tesseract-ocr libtesseract-dev libleptonica-dev is in this case. I'm new to this and don't ...
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What font have you found to work the best with OneNote's OCR feature?

I've been trying to do some OCR with Microsoft OneNote and am experimenting with what font seems to work the best. While some seem to be relatively good, I'm curious if anyone has any experience with ...
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iOS 8.1.3 breaks Safari credit card scanning

Last night my iPhone 4S was running iOS 8.1.2 and safari credit card scanning was working perfectly OK. This morning I upgraded to iOS 8.1.3 and the functionality is now broken. I created an HTML ...
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OCR on PDFs in OS X with free, open source tools

After reading these blog posts: Linux, OCR and PDF - Problem solved Creating a searchable PDF with opensource tools ghostscript, hocr2pdf and tesseract-ocr Using Tesseract OCR with PDF scans and ...
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Extracting copy from screen without printing screen [duplicate]

In preparing academic articles that require quotations from reputable Journals and books I am faced with a round-about retrieval process. First I take a screenshot then print that then scan it and ...
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Robust OCR / scanning software recommendations

Ideally I would like smart batch capabilities, emphasis on image correction and tweakable OCR. An example use case: I have photos of textbook pages - the most ideal application ever would adjust for ...
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How can I process/read checkmarks on a paper form?

I would like to process a large number of scanned paper forms (GUI or command line). I am only interested in reading (custom) checkboxes. The form looks like this: every line has 6 circle-shaped ...
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Automator-script with an OCR-software to automatically add OCR to material? [duplicate]

The OCR software could be anything like PDFPen, ABBYY FineReader Express or Adobe Acrobat Pro. Automator does not list any features such as 'Add OCR layer to' or show any OCR programs under Automator. ...
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OS X: Any PDF to Kindle format converter to read technical material on Amazon Kindle?

I like to read course material on Kindle. I merge all lecture slides with Automator and then send them to my Kindle email. Earlier, I have used Readle's Documents app (a spinoff of PDF Expert) where I ...
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Search over different types of documents such as DjVU sometimes without OCR?

Suppose Apple products such as iOS devices and OS X devices at hand. You want to make things searchable. Some files such as converted PDFs lack OCR so you cannot search them. Some formats are not ...
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Index screenshots

I want to be able to search through text in my screenshots that I made. Prizmo does the OCR feature pretty well and also has an Automator action provided. Unfortunately, though, I have no idea how to ...
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Make existing PDF searchable ( OCR ) via command line / script

I am looking for an offline scriptable tool that makes an existing PDF file searchable by running OCR on it, replacing the original non-searchable file with the searchable version, and can run ...
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Looking for Software to Scan or Convert to Searchable and Signable PDF

I have the occasional need to scan and/or convert scanned images into PDF format. OS X Mountain Lion does this natively, but as far as I can tell it's just an image wrapped in a PDF, so text selection,...
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iOS: App to search All Content in PDF files?

There are many apps that have search over the names of the files but not all content in the files. It is very slow to test all apps such as iAnnotate, PDF Expert, Amazing PDF Expert and GoodReader. ...
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OCR software for handwritten notes

I am looking for a way to recognize handwriting of scanned notes (in PDF format). It doesn't have to be perfect, and it doesn't have to free, but before paying I would like to try it (even with just ...
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Easiest way to scan ISBN number from books

What is the easiest/quickest way using an iMac to scan the ISBN number of a bunch books. Non-paying (for software, or dedicated scanner device) preferred, although low-cost solutions might be ...
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Show hidden Characters in PDF

I made some optical character recognition on a scanned PDF File. The original document contains special characters like öäü and so on. The problem is that sometimes the characters get recognized wrong ...
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What scriptable OCR Software exists on OSX for a paperless office [duplicate]

I'm planning to get a paperless office and for that, I a need good scriptable piece of OCR for OS X? I've read a blogpost by Marco Arment about a few programs. Are there any workable ones there that ...
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Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Tool to Convert Pictures or Images to Text

I have scanned text. I am looking for an affordable OCR tool (Optical Character Recognition) tool. I tried OCRTOOLS from the App Store, but it crashes with the first picture I tried. Any ...
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Offline iPhone app to recognize Japanese words

I am looking for an offline iPhone app to recognize Japanese words: I take a picture of a kanji or Japanese word or short piece of Japanese text The app recognizes the kanji and converts it to text ...
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