Android: Wouldn't it be great if searching the page of a book in the real world were as easy as hitting Ctrl-F on your keyboard to find a search term instantly? Now you can, with the help of your smartphone's camera and CTRL-F.
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Android: When we last asked what your favourite tool was for scanning documents, Lifehacker readers went with ABBY FineScanner by a narrow margin. Now, it's finally available on Android.
Chrome: If you're a regular Google Keep user, you might have missed a (relatively) new feature in the app. If you paste an image into a note, Google lets you convert the image into editable text.
Fonts have long provide a way to present text without having to worry about differing resolutions and point sizes, but on the web you'll still come across the odd piece of text that, for one reason or another, is displayed in raster, rather than vector form. Interacting with said content just became much easier, thanks to Project Naptha.
iPad 2 only: OfficeDrop, makers of the previously mentioned ScanDrop for Mac, unveiled a new free iPad app this morning that allows you to use your iPad 2's camera to scan documents, run character recognition on them, and upload them to OfficeDrop.
A potentially handy feature of Google Docs is its option to perform optical character recognition (OCR). As we've suggested in the past, that offers a convenient and free way to convert scanned images into text. But just how accurate is it?
Tech help site Of Zen and Computing describes how to use Microsoft Office to do Optical Character Recognition (OCR)—that is, recognize text inside digital images (like scanned documents). The Microsoft Document Imaging application comes with Microsoft Office (who knew?) and can grok text from TIFF images. Haven't tried this one myself, but after wrestling with various OCR apps several years ago, my expectations are low. What's your favorite OCR application or method? Tell us about it in the comments.
Read Text from a Scanned Document into Word with OCR