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Has anyone yet invented a piece of software which will...

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flowerybeanbag Fri 17-Oct-08 19:46:31

scan in a document and convert it to an editable Word document?

I only ask because I have spent a large chunk of today re-typing in a lengthy document that for various reasons I only have in hard copy. I'm developing RSI as we speak and it's irritating me, so I am idly wondering whether there is or might soon be an alternative.

BoysAreLikeZombies Fri 17-Oct-08 19:48:03

Read that as 'edible' word document


No idea about your q I'm afraid, sorry.

So, bumping for for you.

giddykipper Fri 17-Oct-08 19:48:17

Yes there is, I've used it at work before. Hang on, I'll ask DP...

giddykipper Fri 17-Oct-08 19:49:31

It's called OCR software (optical character recognition), apparently there are lots of brands.

flowerybeanbag Fri 17-Oct-08 19:50:39

OMG. Giddy are you serious?

<<puts head in hands>>

<<rests worn out wrists>>

ANTagony Fri 17-Oct-08 19:50:50

Both hand and text recognition software do exist. The post office use hand written software recognition to sort mail by post code.

I did some letter recognition software development as a bit of my engineering degree about 15 years ago now so I should imagine theres commercial packages available - thats loads of time in a technology sense.

giddykipper Fri 17-Oct-08 19:51:19

Sorry sad

Reallytired Fri 17-Oct-08 19:51:21

I just googled and found this.

free text recongition software

I have never used it, but as its freeware you haven't got anything to lose

flowerybeanbag Fri 17-Oct-08 19:52:58


I was just about to say never mind giddy, I wouldn't need it that often and it wouldn't be worth the money, then RT came along with a free one!

<<moans gently>>

flowerybeanbag Fri 17-Oct-08 19:53:38

Why didn't I ask this question this morning. It couldn't have hurt. Unlike my wrists.

flowerybeanbag Fri 17-Oct-08 20:01:49

Thank you everyone, sorry how rude of me blush

PortAndDemon Fri 17-Oct-08 20:10:32

It's variable how much time it actually saves. Your printer software may have come with one, too.

Reminds me of a friend's DP who spent hours going through a Word document finding every occurrence of [word A] and changing it to [word B] before my friend pointed out the existence of the useful Find and Replace option...

flowerybeanbag Fri 17-Oct-08 20:26:29

I'm not even going to look at my printer software, that really would be depressing!

Rofl at find and replace. grin

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