Our OCR (Optical Character Recognition) engine will let you scan the content of an image looking for editable text. The Auto and Manual features limit the scan to an individual image rather than scanning the whole page. Click here to learn more about the other OCR features.
You can find these features in the OCR module. In order to access them, you will need to select an image while in Edit Mode.
When you select Auto, Soda PDF will automatically scan the image looking for text. You can click on Cancel in the status bar to stop the scan.
Your text will now be editable. Click on the text while in Edit Mode to access it. Click here for more information on editing text.
You can hold down CTRL and then click Z or choose the Undo option if you want to cancel the scan once it has been completed.
The Manual feature will let you decide how the OCR engine interacts with your image. This way you can optimize the quality of the end result.
When you choose this option, a window will open displaying your image. You can use the Zoom options to change the magnification. In order to interact with the areas that will be scanned, click Select Objects.
The OCR engine is capable of detecting text, images or tables. Any area inside a red box will be interpreted as text. Blue is for images and purple for tables. Clicking on any option and then dragging your mouse over the image will add a new block telling Soda PDF what content is inside.
You can reposition any block by clicking on the edge and dragging your mouse.
Using Delete Block you can remove any selected block from the image.
You can use the Vertical Separator and Horizontal Separator options to create divisions in the text box that will hold your text. Doing so will split up the text according to your chosen separators. You can remove them by selecting a separator and choosing Delete Separator.
You can use the view options on the right to adjust how you see your image. When you have set up your scan, click on Recognize.