What is OCR?


Scanning is known for being a simple, straightforward, and stress-free solution--but even scanning has some lesser-known aspects. For example, do you know what OCR is, what it does, and why it's an excellent tool for your business? Let's find out!

What You Need to Know

Since scanning solutions are so popular in the business world, it only makes sense that you'll want to understand them inside and out. Here's everything you need to know about one crucial part of any scanner or scanning service!

What is OCR?

OCR, or optical character recognition, is a tool that allows you to take a file in any format and create a searchable, edit-friendly document. It's great news for data that would otherwise be "trapped" in an inefficient format.

How does it work?

Let's say you have a PDF file that contains all kinds of useful information, but it never shows up in your searches because your software treats it more like a photo file and can't identify what it's saying. OCR can scan that PDF, intelligently identify words and characters, and essentially recreate it as something your software understands.

Can it help your business?

The answer, of course, is definitely.

OCR is great news for businesses of all kinds because it helps you get the most out of your scanning solutions. It limits the need for manual data entry, almost eliminating the risk of human error; it simplifies workflows; it improves communication; it boosts efficiency; it works with even low-quality files, and it makes automation a breeze. To put it simply, OCR helps you capture data more effectively than ever before, which allows you to interact in brand-new ways.

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