Demystifying OCR

Have you ever scanned documents, and then realized you couldn’t search or edit them? That’s where Optical Character Recognition (OCR) comes in. We’ve heard this term used time and time again and it has saved us countless hours and prevented a headache or two. We thought it was worth taking a closer look at this incredible technology to learn more about why it’s important and how we can use it to create an efficient workflow.

What is OCR?

When you scan documents, it creates an image or picture of that item. Traditionally you cannot edit this image, but you can view and resize it as a file. But what if you have an image that contains text you would like to be able to modify, like a web page design or a scanned magazine article?

That’s why Nitro is equipped with an automatic Optical Character Recognition tool, to effectively help turn printed or handwritten text from a scanned document or image into a fully searchable and editable digital format.

Why use OCR?

When you’re trying to get organized, OCR technology makes it simple and practical for you to find files. Instead of spending time sifting through folders, Nitro’s OCR technology allows you to simply type and search for what you want within seconds.

That’s not even the best part. When you convert your scanned document to Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, Nitro will automatically detect it and apply OCR to your document for easy editing for every file.

OCR is a great tool; helping thousands of Nitro users make their workflows simple every day. View our 2 minute tutorial to see just how easy OCR can be.