The Verge: Google Photos now lets you search for text in pictures you’ve taken. “Google made a subtle announcement today on Twitter: it’s in the process of rolling out new AI features for its Lens platform that will let you search your Google Photos library for text that appears within photos and screenshots. Then, you’ll then be able to easily copy and paste that text into a note, document, or form.”
MakeUseOf: 6 Ways to Take Screenshots You Can Search Quickly . “Screenshots come to the rescue when copy and paste don’t work. But these screenshots can pile up quickly over time and there’s no good way to search the text within them like you would with a collection of text files. Then, with similarly named files and thumbnails, it can be a chore to organize them. The solution? Use an app that not only takes screenshots but uses OCR technology to recognize the text in the screenshots.”
Internet Archive: The Mueller Report, Searchable and Accessible on the Archive. “We have the tools that empower people to share and discover public domain documents like government reports. Thanks to our community members who moved quickly to upload copies, the world can now search, share, download or read a mobile-friendly version of the Mueller report for free.”
Hongkiat: How to Extract Text from Images Using Command Line . “It’s easy enough to read an image and pull the text yourself. But dynamically pulling text from a photo is a bit tougher, and thankfully, imgclip offers a fairly simple solution.”
EurekAlert: OCR: Modern tool for old texts. “With OCR4all, the JMU [Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg] research team is making a new tool available to the scientific community. It converts digitized historical prints with an error rate of less than one percent into computer-readable texts. And it offers a graphical user interface that requires no IT expertise. With previous tools of this kind, user-friendliness was not always given as the users mostly had to work with programming commands.”
MakeUseOf: The 7 Best Free OCR Software Tools to Convert Images Into Text. “OCR software can be productivity shortcuts for students, researchers, and office workers. So let’s play with a few more and find the best OCR software for your needs.” This is an updated version of an old article so it has tons of comments. Some of those have additional suggestions for OCR.
DigitalNC: Digital Collections OCR: What it is, and what it isn’t.. “At the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, we scan and store digital heritage materials as images. When we notice that an image contains printed text–documents, posters, ledgers, scrapbooks, and more–we also run it through OCR software. Without OCR, text shown in images is ‘locked’ inside them; with OCR we can leverage the power of full text search to help people discover relevant images a little better than before.”