Do you also spend hours manually checking changes in updated document versions line by line, word by word? Have you encountered a situation when your teammate forgot to turn on the “track changes” mode in Microsoft® Word and you had to painfully look for those edits or use compare documents function in Word itself? Just think of all the time and resources wasted on printing, proofreading and re-checking your own and other people’s edits. All efforts that go towards keeping up with the numerous changes hinder your day-to-day productivity and make you less efficient.
“What is OCR?” you may ask, “I do not need OCR, I just want to open my PDFs”
According to statistics presented at the PDF Days 2018 conference, organized by the PDF association, one quarter of PDF documents are “image-only” (non-searchable) PDF documents. Image-only PDF documents are simply photographs of documents; do not contain any machine-readable text, which would allow a variety of actions, the key for working with digital documents or maintaining a paperless workplace environment.
This is exactly where OCR, or Optical Character Recognition, is of crucial importance – it makes documents truly digital and the text in them accessible for a number of actions. OCR is ultimately the key to making a difference in an employee’s productivity and efficiency between working with paper and working with digital documents.
As in most professional fields, PDF is the format of choice for digital documents in legal departments and law firms. However, the legal sector has some specific requirements regarding the work with this type of documents. With ABBYY FineReader you have a tool, which can handle the needs of your legal document tasks and additionally makes your paper documents digitally accessible.
Imagine that you have received an important document, say, an agreement you need to sign with a partner. First, you need to ensure that the text on the paper is fully consistent with the mutually agreed text in the digital original. What are your options?
A plausible way out is to patiently and carefully compare the two documents line by line. This process can be stressful, time-consuming and emotionally taxing…