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Apr 20, 2017

Office Lens: Free OCR App from Microsoft

Here is a quick overview of the new Office Lens App from Microsoft.This is a Free app that captures text and enables one to utilize the image/text in a variety of ways. From OCR to PowerPoint this new app seems to do it all especially when exported to a word processing app such as Microsoft Word itself.

Here is what Microsoft says about Office lens:  

Office Lens trims, enhances and makes pictures of whiteboards and documents readable. Office Lens can convert images to editable Word and PowerPoint files too. 


Office Lens is like having a scanner in your pocket. Like magic, it will digitize notes on whiteboards or blackboards. Always find important documents or business cards. Sketch your ideas and snap a picture for later. Don't lose receipts or stray sticky notes again! 



- Capture and crop a picture of a whiteboard or blackboard and share your meeting notes with co-workers.

- Make digital copies of your printed documents, business cards or posters and trim them precisely.

- Printed and handwritten text will be automatically recognized (using OCR), so you can search for words in images and then copy and edit them. 



- With Whiteboard mode, Office Lens trims and cleans up glare and shadows.

- With Document mode, Office Lens trims and colors images perfectly.

- Pictures can be saved to OneNote, OneDrive or other cloud storage.

- Business Card mode can extract contact information and save it into your address book and OneNote. This feature works best with the following business cards: English, German, Spanish and Simplified Chinese. Support for more languages is coming soon.

  • Choose to convert images to Word (.docx), PowerPoint (.pptx) or PDF (.pdf) files that are automatically saved to OneDrive.

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