I have this book full of mathematical equations. I want a way to take the image of parts of the book, and convert it into a Word document with the mathematical equations in them. Now, if such a software hasn't been developed to handle mathematical equations in Word, then it should at least embed the mathematical equations as pictures in the Word document.

Does such free software exist? Ideally for Windows, but I will consider Linux as well (no Mac please).


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There is a whole field of software called OCR or optical character recognition. Omnipage regular or Pro from nuance has always worked well for me. It can usually handle anything I throw at it. If recognition is poor use a higher DPI in scanning, I usually use 600, but on tiny fonts I use 1200dpi.

Omnipage cost money, but you get what you pay for.

Over the years I have tried many other packages and found them lacking. I am sure they have been improved over the years, so they could be better now.

  • I am sorry, but I forgot to add, I am looking for free software...
    – TanMath
    Commented Aug 14, 2015 at 18:53
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    code.google.com/p/tesseract-ocr It is free, but it will be temperamental. Good luck trying to train it on different fonts, I could never figure it out, or it was so painful I block the experience from my memory.
    – cybernard
    Commented Aug 14, 2015 at 19:14

OCR software can do that for you. You can search for ocr software on google play. Here I want to recommend Docs Matter to you. I only used Docs Matter before to help me manage my paper document.

Its main feature is to scan the document or images you have, and use the built-in OCR engine to retrieve text from document after scanning. You can modify and save recognition results after the OCR engine finished its work.

The average time for recognition of a document less than 6 seconds. The recognition accuracy can reach 99%. It can convert documents into PDF, Word, Text format files.

I think you can have a try. You can search Docs Matter on Google Play.

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