Instant Text Extraction from Images: Simple Methods

How many times have you been in a situation when you need to extract a few lines from a picture, and you are too lazy to reprint it by hand? After all, installing a full-featured text recognition package for the sake of such a package is too expensive for both time and money. The good news is that now it is not necessary. The Internet and mobile devices offer a lot of solutions that will cope with this problem requiring a minimum of time and efforts. However, given the depth of the task, it will be useful to know a little more about it than the average user knows. So let us go through its main points today.

Recognizing image to text from a scanned sheet or photo, you should immediately abandon the idea that you will be able to preserve the style of the document. Font type, placement of words on the page, tables, alignment, etc. are likely to be lost or lost. Fortunately, even in this form, automatic recognition still brings enough benefit to use it: after all, it eliminates the need to reprint the text by hand. So, what to do if you have a picture in which the text is imprinted?

Two Ways on How to Recognize Image to Text

1. The easiest and fastest way: to give it to the mercy of the automatic recognizer, built-in Google services. To do this, you will need a Google account (if you already have an Android smartphone, you already have such an account) and a Google Drive cloud drive. Upload a picture to Google Drive (, right-click on it and command “Open with -> Google Docs”. That's all you need: the graphic file will automatically be converted to text. Fast, relatively high quality and with the support of dozens of languages. But what to do if the text is not in an image, but, say, written on a blackboard, printed on a paper check, receipt?

2. Mobile applications will be useful here, turning your smartphone immediately into a scanner and into a text recognizer. They are literally the sea, from titled ones (like MS Office Lens and ABBYY FineScanner) to dozens of little-known developments. To find them, simply search the word "OCR" in your app store (this is an English abbreviation, meaning "Optical Character Recognition").

Probably, the application will need access to the Internet, perhaps the most powerful of them will not be free of charge, or they will demand payment for each recognized sheet. But in general, you need to recognize that the smartphone is ideally suited for this task - after all, it has everything you need: a camera, a powerful processor and an Internet connection. Especially for short texts, this is definitely the best solution. Take care of the lighting and try to make the picture occupy the entire area of the screen, and without the "zoom" (then the quality of recognition will be the highest).

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