By Joaquim Rocha.
Currently there are still a lot of documents still stored in paper format and this presents some problems related to preservation, flexibility and even ecology.
With the current Free Software OCR engines it is possible to get a good accuracy rate when converting printed text to digital format but these engines only perform that basic conversion and know nothing about a document's structure and elements.
OCRFeeder presents itself as an easy to use solution implemented for GNOME that performs automatic content detection in pages, allows manual correction and uses the system-wide OCR engines to convert the text. It allows to export the documents in various formats such as ODT, HTML or PDF.
This project stands as the most complete Free Software solution for converting printed documents to digital formats and competes with the proprietary alternatives.