Handwriting Conversion to text

  Mike 15:26 12 May 2009

Hi All
I have many pages of handwritten notes and would like to convert these to text. OCR does not work so I wondered if there was any other software that could read a scanned page of handwriting and convert it to a text document.
Thanks Everyone

  johndrew 15:41 12 May 2009

The only software I`ve heard of that may work is Readiris produced by click here. However this would be quite an expensive option unless done on pretty much a commercial scale I think.

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  Graphicool1 17:20 12 May 2009

Free OCR software...
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  Graphicool1 17:26 12 May 2009

Just found this...
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  bjh 17:48 12 May 2009

If the text is printed - w i t h c l e a r - spacing, some ocr software will have a bash - Abbyy Finereader 9 will give mine a go. However, anything less well-defined is a no-go area. It's similar to voice recognition - too many variables involved between handwriting styles.

Abbyy will reach pretty much 100% success with even complex scientific journals (equations, graphs, columns etc, but I'd guess it's around 30 % for the clearest printing I can do. Effectively useless!

  bjh 18:02 12 May 2009

Just tried Finereader 8 Professional with my neatest capitals, and it was jolly neat printing ...

1*RY to fteno this P!*i<vT!

It was a simple command; see if you can figure out what I wrote... it couldn't!

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