Acrobat & Text Recognition

Posted by 18 Feb, 2009

Tips and Tricks for using Acrobat.

Did you know that you can use Acrobat for Optical Character Recognition (OCR) conversions? OCR is the mechanical or electronic translation of images of handwritten, typewritten or printed text (usually captured by a scanner) into machine-editable text.

To setup your document for OCR:

1. Select the document tab in Acrobat

2. Drop down to the OCR Text Recognition

3. Select the pull out menu Recognize Text Using OCR

4. With the Recognize Text box displayed select the “Edit” button

5. In the Recognize Text – Settings box go to the PDF Output Style and select “Clear Scan”

By using the format “Clear Scan” technology  your scanned document or bitmapped image is discarded and replaced with “searchable text and graphics”.

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