Answered By: Odile Harter Last Updated: Mar 17, 2017 Views: 251
The library does not have specialized OCR software, but there are number of options for performing optical character recognition on an image:
Various versions of Adobe Acrobat can convert .pdfs to Word documents. If you have the light version (Adobe Reader) it'll ask you to pay for an add-on, but many computers around campus have the full software suite, including those at the Lamont Multimedia Lab.
GoogleDrive has OCR options.
Evernote's OCR function can handle handwritten or typed text.
There are a host of other free programs available for download. (Please exercise caution when downloading software from unknown sources!)
There's also a great organization called eMop, the Early Modern OCR Project, that is working on difficult-to-ocr texts. The eMop website has some notes about installing opensource OCR software.