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Optical Character Recognition
by Brian T. Lees

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Optical Character Recognition by Brian T. Lees

I remember reading an article about a magic trick. Not sure which magazine or issue it was in. But I want to read it again. I have two choices:

  1. I can start the magazine shuffle. Issue by issue looking for the article.
  2. Open a file folder on my computer. Then open the category folder and find the article.
OCR, Optical Character Recognition can be used to read the article into the computer. Once scanned the article can be pasted into a word processor, spell checked and formatted as needed.

An article written two months ago, or one that was published a few years ago can be found within a matter of minutes. The best part is that you probably already own the equipment to do it.

A computer or tablet that prints to an "All-in-One" printer or one that has scanning ability is the equipment. The OCR program can be found as a free download though an Internet search.

This ebook introduces you to OCR, provides examples of how it can be used, and gets you started digitizing those articles. Applying this technology avoids the magazine shuffle.

1st edition 2018, 18 pages.
word count: 5112 which is equivalent to 20 standard pages of text