Converting images into text has been a major challenge in some industries. Organisations have had relied mostly on manual typing to convert the textual information in images into text. Google Keep has launched a powerful new feature to change this entirely.
It is not yet evident how reliable the new system is but it can certainly help users achieve a lot compared to the previously existing systems. The new feature allows you to convert an image into text by simply pasting it into a note. The resultant text can be edited or used in any way.
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OCR or Optical Character Recognition is the electronic/mechanical conversion of images containing printed or typewritten text into machine-coded text. It is extensively used for a variety of purposes.
For example, OCR is used in capturing data from printed paper records such as computer receipts, bank statements, invoices, passports, business cards, or other documents. The resultant text can then be easily edited, stored, or searched in. It could also be used for machine processes like text to speech, machine translation, and text mining.
Most users actually don’t know that Google Keep is now capable of converting images into text. The app can run on Android and Chrome.
This will eliminate the need for manually typing large volume of text. The feature will allow users in various industries to capture images of documents and convert them into text using Google Keep.
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But the final result will depend a lot on the image quality. Google however uses many tools including auto correct and add spaces to ensure that the most accurate results can be delivered.
It is recommended to use clear and well light images with proper contrast. Dark and blurred photos can result in inaccurate conversions. Despite the limitations the feature is expected to bring a lot of benefits to its users.