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Scan to OneNote with Office Lens for Windows Phone

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    Scan to OneNote with Office Lens for Windows Phone


    Today, the Office Team has announced Office Lens. Office Lens is essentially a scanner in your pocket that uses your Windows Phone’s camera to take pictures of things like business cards, restaurant menus, and notes on whiteboards or blackboards – and scans them to OneNote. Download Office Lens today from the Windows Phone Store.


    Office Lens: Before and after

    You can use Office Lens to scan almost anything you want into OneNote. When you scan something in using Office Lens, it will make whatever you scanned in more readable by trimming and enhancing the photo. It will straighten weird angles or clean up shadows for example. Once your image is scanned into OneNote, it’ll sync across all your devices courtesy of OneDrive. If something you scanned has printed text like a movie poster for example, OneNote on a PC has optical character recognition (OCR) to recognize text within the images your scan in with Office Lens. You can search for words within those images as well as edit the text, or copy and paste it into apps like email and documents.

    For a little bit of some geeky behind-the-scenes stuff, you can read up on how Microsoft Research helped with Office Lens.

    You can see Office Lens in action by watching the following video:



    Office also announced today that OneNote is free everywhere. If you don’t already have OneNote, head on over to OneNote.com and get it today!
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    Yeah, this is pretty awesome.
    It will save to OneNote and Camera Roll at the same time
    I hope they will include at some point some kinda of OCR stuff.
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    It says that it has OCR.
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    Yeah, I was hoping on the Phone, in the app itself,, I am testing this in OneNote 2013 on my PC now.
    Will let you know.


    Ok,, Figured it out.
    Works in Office OneNote 2010 and 2013, probably in 2007 also, not sure about 2003
    But, it does not work in OneNote on the phone or the app itself.
    Have not tried OneNote online or the OneNote App for Windows 8.
    It does say specifically for the PC, so I figure this is only for the Office Version (Office365 is probably also included)

    Right click the image
    Click on Make Text Searchable (or you may not have to enable this)
    Right Click again and click on Copy Text from Picture
    You can then paste it to Word or in the same OneNote Page
    It will only grab the text it can recognize.
    So it might miss some of it. And what it thinks is not text, even though it is.

    Not sure why OCR is not more perfected than it is.
    You would think it would be a lot farther along than it is for as long as it has been around.
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    Also the me@onenote.com that was also released today is cool. It does work.
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    With the normal OneNote. you can OCR like this - very simple:

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