Optical Character Recognition, usually abbreviated to OCR, is the mechanical or electronic conversion of scanned or photoed images of typewritten or printed text into machine-encoded/computer-readable text.
I tried exploring the OCR and other features of Microsoft One Note and its really cool. I might present in a layman style but believe me its awesome tool for your day to day notes. Just take a look how I explored One Note.
If you are using One Note get the One Note apps for free from http://www.onenote.com/
Just open your OneNote and create your Tab and your pageâ€¦ yes all set. This is a simple note taking application but the capabilities what One Note has is mind-blowing.
Select the Insert menu and take a look at the Ribbon. Lets try couple of feature. We will start with the OCR.
We will read text from an image!!! Cool â€¦Right. Lets do it.
Copy Text From Picture
Here I have inserted one of my picture where some quotes are there. I will try extracting the text from the picture. Its just two step.
Right click on the picture & select â€œcopy Text From Pictureâ€ and when you are ready â€œpaste your text any whereâ€.
Now you try with various picture and explore the power of One Note.
How about taking screen shot in a quick and effective way with time stamp. Now I am not talking about that old â€œPrint Screenâ€ method of taking screen print and paste it and then write timestamp by your own. Lets see how One Note helps.
Select the Insert menu and select â€œScreen Clippingâ€ and then suddenly you see One Note will disappear and will go to the background. Its giving a chance to you to capture a portion of the screen you are interested for. (next time Try the keys (Shift+ Windows + s) for a twist.)
Now once you select one area OneNote will take that portion and will paste in the text area of OneNote with a time stamp which reads like â€œScreen clipping taken <Date>â€. I took a screen capture from my blog.
Now a task for you , If you have a scanner attached try the other option â€œScanned Imagesâ€
Till next â€œKeep Smilingâ€.