Jasmine from Chicago, Illinois is a new editor in the industry. Now that writers are submitting their written and typed documents for her corrections, Jasmine needs to scan and convert them into a format she can actually edit.
Luckily, Google has a few tools that can turn handwriting into text — and chances are, you already have them.
• The first is Google Drive. Open the app on your phone, hit the + icon in the bottom corner and select Scan. It will save your documents as PDFs. There’s just one problem: You can’t edit them in Drive itself (although they are searchable). If you have handwritten notes that you just need to index, this is the ideal solution.
• The second is Google Docs. Once you’ve created a PDF, right-click and select Open with > Google Docs. Now, you’ve opened the PDF as a text file, which means you can edit it to your heart’s content.
• The third is the Google Lens app, which is an app on Android and part of Google Photos on iOS. Hover your phone’s camera over the handwritten or printed text and the app will decode the words.
Although you can use Google for a variety of purposes, I told Jasmine to check out OmniPage. Not only is it faster, but it works like a charm. This robust program manages documents, quickly converts paper to text, utilizes automation, works with your current apps, curates photos, automatically detects languages and so much more. It’s a lifesaver for busy editors, office professionals and more.
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