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How Does Font Recognition Software Work?

Font recognition software, generally known as optical character recognition or OCR, uses the optical properties of text characters to identify them in a scanned document. The earliest OCR tools were only able to recognize a few specific fonts, and could not generalize the technology to text as a whole. However, a series of technological advances have made font recognition possible for virtually any text.

How Accurate is Font Recognition?

Font recognition software has become extremely accurate. For most types of printed text, OCR software can reach almost perfect accuracy, depending on the quality of the image. Even for poor quality images, OCR software can de-skew and de-speckle the document, making it possible to read. Font recognition has made even more dramatic advances with the development of ICR, which can recognize handwritten text.

Best Font Recognition Software

The best font recognition software provides the user with maximum versatility in the documents that he or she can work with. Professional tools must also guarantee fast results in bulk, allowing businesses to process a large inflow of documents. Maestro Recognition Server from CVISION is ideal on all of these parameters, using advanced image processing to handle virtually any scanned document, and providing batch processing for high-volume scanning. Download the free trial version of Maestro to check it out.

You’re reading a PDF and you think: I wonder what font they are using?

If you own the software, you can find out which fonts are in a PDF using Adobe Acrobat. If you don’t, here are some free ways on Windows and Mac OS X.

Windows: Adobe Reader

You can find the fonts in a PDF using the free Adobe Reader that nearly everyone has installed.

With the PDF loaded, go to the File menu and then Properties. There’ll be a Fonts tab. Click that.

You can then see all the fonts that have been used in this PDF.

Mac OS X

Unfortunately, the ever-useful Preview built in to Mac OS X does not have the ability to show a document’s fonts (too bad).

I don’t recommend installing Acrobat Reader just for this, so here is a way to do it using the Terminal. Don’t be scared, it’s easy.

First, open a Terminal window. If you don’t know how to do that, go to Applications > Utilities and launch Terminal.

Then execute the following command:

Where /path/to/your/filename.pdf is, of course, the path to your PDF. If you don’t know how to enter that, the easiest way to do it is type “strings ” and then drag the PDF from the Finder into your Terminal window. It will automatically format it correctly.

Hit Enter and you’ll then get a list of all the fonts in the PDF.

These were the easiest (free) ways I’ve found to list the fonts in a PDF. If you have others, please share in the comments.

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