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    Hello,

    I would like to know how or if I can search for text in an image file.
    When I pay a bill online, I take a screen shot of the payment confirmation page, rather than print it out.
    I would like to be able to search for a date or transaction within the image, not just the images file name.

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    You may be able to do this with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software that could convert the images to Text documents.

    I would suggest that instead of taking screens shots, print them to pdf files. Programs such as CutePDF or PDF Printer from BullZip allow you to "print" as a pdf file. Both programs install themselves a printer drive. BullZip is my preferred of the two.

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    A .pdf file is probably more useable in this situation. I have read and heard that Evernote makes text on images searchable but I don't know how well it works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HandyAndy View Post
    I would like to know how or if I can search for text in an image file.
    When I pay a bill online, I take a screen shot of the payment confirmation page, rather than print it out.
    I would like to be able to search for a date or transaction within the image, not just the images file name.
    Wouldn't your timestamp on the screen shot file indicate when you made that payment? If you take a screen shot of the confirmation page.. it stands to reason...
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    I have no personal experience with this application, but you might want to look at JOCR.
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    So far I tried out JCOR which was posted by Doc Watson (Thanks )
    I like the program a lot, it seems simple to use except I can't get it to recognize any characters. I get the following message when I try to.:
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    I also tried out PDF Printer from BullZip which was posted by mbarron (Thanks )
    I like this program as well. I took a screen shot of this thread, saved it as test.jpg, and then "printed" it with BullZip. After it "printed" it became a pdf file.
    I opened the pdf file and did a search on a word that appeared in the document, but it could not find it. I believe even though it is now a pdf, that it is still from an image, so it cannot "see" it as text to search through. Any help on this would be great, Thanks.
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    Don't do a screenshot - print it directly to the PDF format. You are defeating the purpose/intention of printing to a pdf.

    See attached example. It is a pdf print of this thread.
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    ok, I understand now. Only problem is what do I do with all my past screen shot saves......
    Is there a way to convert them?
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    Did you do the trouble shooting steps given to you by the error message?

    The site also states "JOCR requires Microsoft Office 2003 or higher version. If JCOR does not work, please manually install "Micorosoft Office Document Imaging" (MODI) that is included in the setup file of Microsoft Office. You can find MODI under "Office Tools" of the setup file."

    This is the text result from JOCR when I chose the picture you posted. I've highlight a conversion error.

    JO CR
    The error message is ActveX component canít create object
    Is it proper sUing image?
    Or, confirm your available language by executing [MS Office > MS Office Tools > MS Office Document Imaging] and selecting [Tools > Options > OCR tab > OCR Language]
    OK

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    Thanks.
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