If you have an image with text in it, such as a picture of printed text, and you want to extract the text from the image, you need to employ optical character recognition (OCR). OCR technology scans different sources and recognizes the shape of letters and numbers that can then be extracted from the image for use in other formats. With this process, you can capture a picture of handwritten notes and extract the text to a document you can email or edit later.
Capture a picture with your Android phone. Open the application drawer and tap on the "Camera" icon. Frame the text you want to capture and press the "Camera" button on your screen to take the picture.
Open the picture you captured by pressing the "Menu" button on your phone; then select the "Play" button with a triangle on it. Tap the image from which you wish to extract text. Tap the "Share" button. For Android-based OCR applications tap the name of that app from the list. For computer-based OCR programs, tap the "Email" button, address the message to yourself and send the image to your computer (see Resources).
Process the image with OCR. If you have purchased an app for your phone, complete the process by pressing the "Scan" button in the OCR app. If you are on your computer, download the attachment through your email program and then open your OCR software. Click "File", then "Import." Select the file you downloaded and click the "Scan" button to extract the text from the image.
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