How to use OCR in Casedo

Optical Character Recognition, or OCR, is a technology that enables you to convert different types of documents, such as scanned paper documents, PDF files or images captured by a digital camera into editable and searchable data.

Casedo offers internal OCR feature so you won’t have to externally to do. Through OCR you will be able to better highlight and copy-paste from your text.

To do this simply:
1. Right-click on the unreadable pdf document.


2. Select ‘Recognise text’


This will immediately prompt Casedo to start reading the document and recognising the text within it. This feature currently works best with letters and other short documents to a maximum of 60 pages in length and should take an average of 30 Seconds to recognise the text in each page of the document. If you want to stop Casedo from searching the unreadable text mid-operation, simply press the ESC key on your keyboard. Casedo will start cancelling the operation and display a message asking you to wait a few seconds.

You can scan large documents, but keep in mind that the larger your document is, the longer it will take to OCR. However, you can always use the split feature to divide up larger documents that are getting difficult to recognise, into lengths that can be OCR’d and then after using the feature you can simply put them back together again using the merge feature.

N.B. Is it important to note that you without OCRing the PDF you won’t be able to use the Text markup tools such as highlighting, or even search through your documents for that matter. This is because before your computer recognises a text as an ‘actual text’, meaning OCR’d, the software simply detects it as an image or vector objects. If you want to be able to highlight your text, then simply follow the steps above to use the OCR feature.

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