Have you ever had tons of books that you need to rewrite exactly the same way that they were typed? Typing even 100 pages off a book will leave your fingers stiff for a whole week.
Thanks to OCR software, people no longer have to type through thousands of pages that were already laid down on sheets. The OCR software programs can be used in so many ways, helping you achieve more digitally.
Before getting into anything major, let's first get to know what an OCR software is. Optical Character Reader (OCR) is an software program that can read specific characters on sheets and convert them to digital characters.
In simple language, it is a software that helps you convert printed data to digital data without typing. In order for the software to work, you need hardware that can scan the printed data optically.
The hardware can be a:
When using a camera or document scanner, a person first takes a clean photo of the whole page and later passes it through the OCR software for character recognition.
With an OCR scanner, you just need to pass it on the printed page for character recognition. All these methods can be done from the Windows 10 Operating System.
This brings us to the question; Which OCR software is the best to use on the Windows 10 operating system?
There are tons of OCR software programs circulating around the web. Here are a few that have proved to be the most useful software ever made:
If you are looking for a program that will take care of everything for you, I guess, ABBY FineReader is the answer. The Optical Recognition Software is a paid program that reads through scanned documents with perfection.
The program can correct any readings that seem off by using its advanced coding and dictionary. You no longer have to wait for the agonizing hours the letter by letter OCR takes to complete its task.
The software is web based as well as downloadable. You can get a copy of the software from the developers’ website as a trial version.
The trial version of the ABBYY FineReader OCR lasts for about 30 days. After the trial period is over, you can purchase the software at $160 (price varies from time to time).
Though most software programs are sold at higher prices, this one is a bit too much for its kind. Since the developers have seen the absurdness of this price, they have gone ahead and made an online version of the software.
The web version of the OCR is provided for free, giving the software an upper hand in the market.
Readiris is also another OCR software that can help you with the printed sheets. The software has a uniform and layout that makes it possible for a newbie to operate it without difficulties.
It also has a layout that is much similar to most of the file editors available. One only needs a few minutes to learn the configuration of the software.
When you need something free that gets the job done, Microsoft's OneNote should be at the top of your list. OneNote is an OCR software that recognizes characters on pictures and saves them as notes.
The software has been around ever since the development of MS Office. It is the best and most used OCR in the World.