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Scanned document to text?

Is it possible to take a word document or a page from a book, scan it or take a picture of it and then convert it to an actual word or Adobe doc with manipulate able text?

I have about 100 forms I need to convert to a soft document that can be edited and updated so if there was a more automated way than typing it all out that would be great.

It is possible there might be a graphic too, is it possible to get it to convert text and graphics into a jpg on the doc or something?
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*** Hopeleonie ***IT ManagerCommented:
A OCR Software like OmniPage or Readiris will help you.


But note none of the OCR Software can convert 100%.
You can use any free OCR software available online
There are lots of good ones
best free ones are

You can even use google docs to do that for you
*** Hopeleonie ***IT ManagerCommented:
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If you have Adobe Acrobat you have the best tool for the job already.

Go to Document> OCR Text Recognition.

There you can adjust settings and get almost every document into editable format, with the following caveats:
You will unlikely be able to recognise tables on forms as tables
Some fonts are harder to recognise and especially Roman fonts with r & m in succession tend to turn "rn" into "m" so you have some proofreading to do.
You cannot just save the scans as Word docs and expect these to be perfect, you will more likely be able to only use the result for copy and paste. But still a lot quicker than typing it.

REIUSAAuthor Commented:
Thanks, free OCR looks like it will work.
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