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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.

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Android: Google has updated its Drive mobile app with a cleaner, cards-style look and several awesome new features. Among them: the ability to download a copy of documents directly to your device and scan papers using OCR.

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There are quite a few choices on iTunes for apps that can turn images of documents, book pages, business cards and more into digital, editable text. Our favourite is TextGrabber for its ease of use, accuracy and reasonable price.

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Working with text on your computer offers a range of possibilities in searching and editing that simply aren't available with hard copy text. Check out these five text recognition tools to get your printed text into your computer.

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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