• Optical character recognition. It lets your scanner "read/see" what you are scanning.
  • It can decipher even the scribbles!
  • 1) "Optical character recognition, usually abbreviated to OCR, is the mechanical or electronic translation of images of handwritten, typewritten or printed text (usually captured by a scanner) into machine-editable text. OCR is a field of research in pattern recognition, artificial intelligence and machine vision. Though academic research in the field continues, the focus on OCR has shifted to implementation of proven techniques." Source and further information: 2) "There are two basic methods used for OCR: Matrix matching and feature extraction. Of the two ways to recognize characters, matrix matching is the simpler and more common. Matrix Matching compares what the OCR scanner sees as a character with a library of character matrices or templates. When an image matches one of these prescribed matrices of dots within a given level of similarity, the computer labels that image as the corresponding ASCII character. Feature Extraction is OCR without strict matching to prescribed templates. Also known as Intelligent Character Recognition (ICR), or Topological Feature Analysis, this method varies by how much "computer intelligence" is applied by the manufacturer. The computer looks for general features such as open areas, closed shapes, diagonal lines, line intersections, etc. This method is much more versatile than matrix matching. Matrix matching works best when the OCR encounters a limited repertoire of type styles, with little or no variation within each style. Where the characters are less predictable, feature, or topographical analysis is superior." Source and further information:

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