Retyping long documents is a task that most of us would rather avoid. Thanks to Infix PDF Editor, we can. Infix can acquire a page from a scanner and convert the scanned image to editable text. And because its editing features are intuitive, it makes the whole process really straightforward.
Being able to edit a scanned document can come in really handy in a variety of situations:
In this article, we’ll look at how text is scanned, recognised and edited in Infix PDF Editor. This article is relevant to the Standard and Pro versions of the application.
Infix PDF Editor can import a page directly from your scanner, so there’s no need to use a third party application to obtain the image. You can initiate the scan from the Document menu, under Pages.
As you work your way through the scan wizard dialog boxes, make sure you tick the Recognise Text (OCR) checkbox. You’ll need to select the right language as well.
Finally, you’ll have to choose if you want to acquire Editable Text or a Searchable Image.
Briefly, the choice you make here will depend on your plans for the document. Is it more important for you to edit the PDF content (Editable Text) or retain the look of the document (Searchable Image)? If this doesn’t make sense, you can read more about Editable Text vs Searchable Image on page 140 of the Infix PDF Editor user guide.
Note: you can also trigger this process on a document you’ve opened. Click Document and Recognise Text and follow the same instructions.
The software used to convert scanned images to text is called optical character recognition, or OCR. This is a standard term used in many different applications. Infix PDF Editor uses the same technology to convert the scanned analogue image to characters that can be edited digitally.
You then process scanned text using OCR Mode. You activate OCR Mode under Document->OCR Corrections.
OCR Mode is an alternative editing mode that reveals text content that would ordinarily be hidden from the reader. Hidden text is index for searching, so it’s important that you correct mistakes before distributing the document.