Optical Character Recognition, usually abbreviated to OCR, is the mechanical or electronic conversion of scanned or photoed images of typewritten or printed text into machine-encoded/computer-readable text.
I tried exploring the OCR and other features of Microsoft One Note and its really cool. I might present in a layman style but believe me its awesome tool for your day to day notes. Just take a look how I explored One Note.
If you are using One Note get the One Note apps for free from http://www.onenote.com/
Just open your OneNote and create your Tab and your page… yes all set. This is a simple note taking application but the capabilities what One Note has is mind-blowing.
Select the Insert menu and take a look at the Ribbon. Lets try couple of feature. We will start with the OCR.
We will read text from an image!!! Cool …Right. Lets do it.
Copy Text From Picture
Here I have inserted one of my picture where some quotes are there. I will try extracting the text from the picture. Its just two step.
Right click on the picture & select “copy Text From Picture” and when you are ready “paste your text any where”.
Now you try with various picture and explore the power of One Note.
How about taking screen shot in a quick and effective way with time stamp. Now I am not talking about that old “Print Screen” method of taking screen print and paste it and then write timestamp by your own. Lets see how One Note helps.
Select the Insert menu and select “Screen Clipping” and then suddenly you see One Note will disappear and will go to the background. Its giving a chance to you to capture a portion of the screen you are interested for. (next time Try the keys (Shift+ Windows + s) for a twist.)
Now once you select one area OneNote will take that portion and will paste in the text area of OneNote with a time stamp which reads like “Screen clipping taken <Date>”. I took a screen capture from my blog.
Now a task for you , If you have a scanner attached try the other option “Scanned Images”
Till next “Keep Smiling”.