What makes technology the best thing man has ever created (after toilette paper) is the fact that it keeps improving in more ways than we can even start to understand. A couple of years ago editing photos, inserting text and changing the layout of a photo was a nightmare, unless you were a master of Photoshop. Also, back in the days, we didn’t have mobile apps and pieces of software we carried around with us, but we had to go home and give it our best behind a desktop computer. Today, we have such advanced software and mobile apps that we don’t need to do too many things ourselves anymore. The technology we spent so much effort and years on is doing things for us, and it’s starting to pay off.
One such piece of technology is Image to Word, a state of the art OCR mobile app that allows you to search through text-rich photos, and enables you to insert new text and information in the same photo.
What is OCR technology?
OCR or Optical Character Recognition is, as its name implies, recognition software that helps its users convert scanned documents, PDFs and digital camera-made photos into editable and searchable formats. Wikipedia defines it as: mechanical or electronic conversion of images of typed, handwritten or printed text into machine-encoded text. The closest comparison to something we are all familiar with would be a scanner. What this means is that with a powerfull enough OCR software, you can take almost any image and convert it to a format that is fit to help you edit and search through the newly converted file.
Image to Word mobile app
Image to Word has recently been updated, and its powerful OCR engine allows you to convert screenshots and images (any image format, any file size) into Word files (.docx), as the app’s name implies. The app offers two ways of converting files: by choosing a file from your library, or taking a photo with your camera and then selecting to convert it.
If you click on Photos, you will see a list of folders which are located on your device, and from there you can select any image you want to convert. If you click on Camera, the app will open your rear camera, with which you can quickly snap a photo of your receipt or maybe a newspaper.
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Once you’ve selected your file, the conversion will begin. You can see all active and finished conversions on your main screen below the part where you choose between Camera and Photos.
The converted file will be in .docx format, which is the primary format for editing text in many apps, mainly MS Word. By clicking on your converted file, you will see a preview of your new file and you can export it to the app where you wish to edit it by clicking on the Share button in the bottom left corner.
If you are having trouble using the app, click on Options and then click on Guide for better results for a few quick tips.
From there you can also rate the app, stop all conversions or contact customer support in case you have issues with using the app. Also, by clicking on Settings in that same menu, you can allow and deny Image to Word access to certain parts of your iPhone/iPad, such as the Photos and Camera, as well as managing the notifications you get from this app.