Application to Convert a Picture of Text to Text

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  1. Tyre macrumors regular

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    I am on vacation and my future roommate received a lease that I also need to return to the landlord. He said it would be no problem to get it to me, and now I have 6 jpeg files...

    I have to send these to a bank first so I need an application that can take the text out of pictures. That's it.

    Thanks for all the help!
     
  2. Emulsion macrumors 6502

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  3. taptapdev macrumors newbie

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    You can also try a search for OCR in the new Mac App Store.
     
  4. mchalebk macrumors 6502a

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    OCR (optical character recognition) is generally what you would use to convert text in a graphic (such as a scanned document) into editable text. However, for something like a lease, I wouldn't recommend using it. OCR is never perfect and you don't want to change the terms of your lease because the OCR app misread a character.

    Can you explain why you want to convert the text? If we had a better idea of exactly what you are trying to do, we might be able to give you better suggestions.
     
  5. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    Searching OCR in the Mac App store provides you with many.
     
  6. Tyre thread starter macrumors regular

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    I need to send this lease to a man at my bank via email, but my friend emailed me (not PDFs, not .doc) jpegs of the lease. He took six pictures of it, one for each page.

    I think this OCR sounds like a good idea, since it is only 6 typed pages I can review it for mistakes and the banker will as well before sending it.

    Thanks to all for the help!
     
  7. Tyre thread starter macrumors regular

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    I downloaded OCR Tools off of the Mac App Store (only $4.99 thank God) and it worked surprisingly well. Only a few slip ups (reading w as vv or a capital M a IVI) but I was rather impressed.

    Thanks again for all the help and fingers crossed for Verizon iPhone!
     
  8. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Yes. The OCR software I've used is not perfect. Some things "translate" well, others don't. For example, "rn" might come out as "m".
     
  9. mchalebk macrumors 6502a

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    For legal papers such as a lease, I would still recommend against using OCR software to convert the files. It is not hard at all to convert 6 jpegs into one pdf file. By turing the lease jpegs into an editable file (such as .doc), you might run the risk of making it invalid.
     
  10. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Good point. The whole idea of a file that cannot be modified has now been subverted by the advent of OCR software. What's next? ...lockable pdf? Then someone will invent PDF Unlock.
     

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