You can scan a document and convert the text into data that you can edit with a word processing program. This process is called OCR (Optical Character Recognition). To scan and use OCR, you need to use an OCR program, such as the ABBYY FineReader program.
OCR software cannot recognize handwritten characters, and certain types of documents or text are difficult for OCR software to recognize, such as:
Items that have been copied from other copies
Text with tightly spaced characters or line pitch
Text that is in tables or underlined
Cursive or italic fonts, and font sizes less than 8 points
Follow these steps to scan and convert text using ABBYY FineReader.
Windows: Select or Start > All Programs or Programs > ABBYY FineReader 6.0 Sprint > ABBYY FineReader 6.0 Sprint.
Mac OS X: Open the Applications > ABBYY FineReader 5 Sprint Plus folders and double-click the Launch FineReader 5 Sprint icon.
You see the ABBYY FineReader window.
Note for Mac OS X users:
In Full Auto Mode, click Scan. Epson Scan prescans, scans, and processes the text into editable format, then displays it in the FineReader window.
In Home Mode, select Magazine, Newspaper, or Text/Line Art as the Document Type. Then select Black&White or Color as the Image Type, and choose Printer or Other as your Destination setting. Preview and select your scan area as described in Previewing and Adjusting the Scan Area. Then click Scan. Your document is scanned, processed into editable text, and opened in the FineReader window.
In Professional Mode, select Reflective as the Document Type, Document Table as the Document Source, and Document as the Auto Exposure Type. Then select Black & White or 24-bit Color as the Image Type, and 300 dpi as the Resolution. Preview and select your scan area as described in Previewing and Adjusting the Scan Area. Then click Scan. Your document is scanned, processed into editable text, and opened in the FineReader window.