What Is OCR Software?
OCR stands for optical character recognition. This widespread piece of technology is used to recognize text inside images, for instance scanned documents and photos. OCR technology allows you to convert virtually any image that contains written text (including handwritten, typed and printed) into machine readable text data. OCR is a commonly used method for digitizing texts in print, meaning they can be edited, searched, compactly stored, and even displayed for use in machine processes including machine translation, text mining, online text to speech, and key data.
When a scanned document goes through OCR processing, word processers like Microsoft Word and Google Docs can be used to edit the text within it. Before OCR was as widely available as it is today, anyone who wished to digitize printed paper documents would need to do so by typing up the text manually, which was not only a tedious and time-consuming task, but also led to a lot of errors and inaccuracy.