In a nutshell
▶ You can now convert image to text with the free ABBYY Screenshot Reader software. It normally costs $9.99 but as a part of special giveaway from ABBYY, it’s now free.
▶ ABBYY Screenshot Reader is a smart, simple, yet powerful application for Windows PC that is more than just a simple screenshot maker as you can use it to select and copy pieces of text from images then make it editable.
▶ It is powered by award-winning ABBYY OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technology, which has been continuously improved over the last 20 years.
▶ You can further know about its Key Features & Benefits from the respective sections in the article below.
▶ ABBYY Screenshot Reader is fully compatible with Windows 8. Both 32 and 64 bit systems are supported.
Sometimes we would like to extract the text found in an image for various reasons.
Even though there are many free online converters to do this, I wasn’t pleased using any of them.
Not just me, many of my readers complained using an online image to text converter. The good ones have limitations while the others do a shabby job.
But this software which I am sharing with you today is an authority in OCR (Optical Character Recognition). It comes from one of the best OCR software makers that can easily convert image to text – ABBYY.
ABBYY OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technology uses intelligent algorithms that convert image to text, preserving the original layout and formatting of the initial document.
This is not free. In fact, it costs $9.99 per copy of the software. But as a part of their holiday giveaway, you can get this software absolutely free. Now that you know it’s actually a paid software being given free, you will know it would do the job better than the rest in the market.
Well, let’s see how to convert image to text with free ABBYY Screenshot Reader.
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ABBYY Screenshot Reader – Convert Images to Text
ABBYY Screenshot Reader is a smart, simple, yet powerful application for Windows PC that combines OCR and screen capture capabilities to convert the whole screen, the active window, or a selected area into text, image, or even a table.
It can save the captured images to your Windows clipboard and you can easily paste them into Microsoft Word, PowerPoint , Excel or any other graphic files.
It is more than just a simple screenshot maker as you can use it to select and copy pieces of text from images then make it editable. Now convert image to text like never before.
The ABBYY Screenshot Reader comes with a small user interface but it pretty much serves the purpose.
It allows you to have the widest possible view of your screen or window, while you can also select the area which needs to be captured and the output it in a format of your choice.
To minimize any delay, you will find 3 pull-down menus in the interface.
The first pull-down menu is Capture. It further has 4 options namely Area, Window, Screen, Timed Screen. All 4 are self-explanatory I guess.
The second pull-down menu is Language. You can select from 14 languages namely Bulgarian, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Turkish
The third pull-down menu is Send. It means the output format in which you want to save the captured screen or text. The most common capture and conversion options are text to Word and table to Excel. There are lots of such options which you can explore.
What makes ABBYY Screenshot Reader different from other OCR’s that simply convert image to text is its special “Timed Screen” feature.
The Timed Screen feature allows you to prepare the area of the screen you wish to capture so it includes all the information you need.
Once this feature is selected, you will have five seconds to open all the menus, submenus or dialogue boxes you need, and ABBYY Screenshot Reader will easily create an image of whatever appears in the selected area right after five seconds.
Further, ABBYY Screenshot Reader can read and recognize around 160 languages, more than 30 of them with dictionary support. Now this is what we call amazing technology!
The image saving formats it supports are Bitmap, JPEG and PNG while the document saving formats are Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, CSV Document, Rich Text Format and Text.
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1. It can capture 2 types of screenshots – Image and Text:
You can take the traditional Image Screenshot or turn the text into graphic files and editable text to create Text Screenshots.
2. Quick and easy Image Screenshots:
You can easily create screenshots and save them as images that can be shared or used in presentations, training materials, and various other documents.
3. Useful Text Screenshots:
Easily grab text from an image file, website, presentation or PDF. You can swiftly turn these text images into truly editable text and paste them directly into an open application, edit them, or save as Microsoft Word or Excel documents.
4. Easy to Use Tools:
Taking screenshots is an easy task with ABBYY Screenshot Reader’s tools. Screenshot Reader can be set up to launch automatically at each start-up so it’s always ready for you.
5. Variety of Saving Formats:
ABBYY Screenshot Reader lets you choose your desired format for outputs. Image Screenshots can be saved in JPEG, Bitmap or PNG formats, while Text Screenshots can be saved as editable text in .RTF, .TXT, .DOC or .XLS formats.
6. Advanced ABBYY OCR technology:
The ABBYY Screenshot Reader is powered by award-winning ABBYY OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technology, which has been continuously improved over the last 20 years. This technology is included in professional OCR and PDF conversion solutions like ABBYY FineReader that turns paper documents and images into editable electronic formats with superior accuracy and layout retention.
1. Send a screenshot of an error message to the technical support
Do you need to explain PC-related problems to a tech support representative? You can easily capture a program’s message and dialogues or system information verbatim and send them to your technical support.
2. Use screenshots to compile instructions and guides
ABBYY Screenshot Reader is a useful tool for the everyday workings of technical writers and system administrators. It’s useful for creating illustrations for instructions on program usage or in manuals and guides.
3. Easily print driving directions
With the ABBYY Screenshot Reader, you can easily combine all the necessary directions into a Word document and then print it on a single piece of paper.
4. Save lists from a website into an Excel file
If you’re looking online to buy a product, you can easily export the where to buy list from the web page into an Excel table.
5. Grab a piece of text from a graphic file
The ABBYY Screenshot Reader can extract text from brochures and leaflets that are locked as graphic elements. All you need to do is to select the piece of text you want and it will automatically open as editable information in Microsoft Word.
OS Compatibility: ABBYY Screenshot Reader is fully compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7 & 8 (32 and 64 bit).
- 1 GHz processor or higher.
- 512 MB RAM.
- Minimum 800 MB free hard disk space.
The ABBYY Screenshot Reader is powered by award-winning ABBYY OCR technology which has been continuously improved over the last 20 years.
When you get such a software to convert image to text for free, you must definitely grab one.
You should always know that sometimes OCRs can’t give their complete 100%. It might be due to a bad image or due to some unrecognizable characters.
So, you must always make sure your converted document is proofread and edited properly manually at the end.
Let me know what you feel about this software after using it. Just drop your comments in the comments section below.