Thursday 12 November 2020

Converting images to text

Three ways to go

My favourite app for converting an image with text into editable text has been Google Keep for the last few years. I explained how to use it in this post.
I also regularly use Google Docs, this involves uploading an image to Google Drive then choosing to open it with Google Docs. This works for PDFs too.

My latest favourite is the Microsoft Office app available for both Android and iOS (not available for versions older than iOS 13)

The Office app can be used without a Microsoft account but best value is its use with an account.
On opening the app choose Actions to reveal the following screens.

The Image to Text action provides a useful option for pages of text, whether they be from a book, a PDF or on screen on your computer. It is very simple to use, allow the app to use the camera, take the shot, pull in the corners to the section of the image to be converted and confirm. 

paragraph from Writing Interesting Family Histories by Carol Baxter

The text appears below the picture and can be copied to other apps or shared.
The image to Table option is equally effective in converting table data to Excel. 

PDF options

Scroll down on the Actions screen to see the additional PDF options

Have you tried this Office app? A useful overview is provided by Leila Gharani in this short YouTube video.

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