How can I scan text into my computer?

Shaman from Detroit, MI

Episode 948 (1:31:14)

Nuance Omnipage

Leo says that an OCR (optical character recognition) program with a scanner will work. This will translate the documents into plain text that can be edited on the computer. Here's some OCR software options:

  • Free-OCR
  • This is an online OCR with a limit of 10 pages an hour.

  • OCR-AD
  • This is an open source version. May be a little difficult to use, but it's free.

  • ABYY
  • This has a free 15 day trial.

  • Nuance OmniPage
  • This is probably his best bet, but it'll cost $150. It is on sale right now for $55 at Amazon, though.