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Best Handwriting to Text Apps

Teachers and students who use a tablet to prepare their classes, do work or study can find in the applications that digitize the text that is written by hand on their screens a very practical tool in their day to day. These apps can help you transfer your handwritten text into regular typeface. The following apps can automatically recognize and digitize your handwriting.

Apps to digitize

These apps use a technique similar to OCR - optical character recognition, in English - and consists of detecting which characters have been written by hand to transform them into the desired typeface. A good handwriting to text app can be used for capturing an image and converting the text in it into a digital text file. Here is the list of the best handwriting to text apps. 

Pen to Print

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

In a variation on the handwriting recognition concept, Pen to Print reads scanned handwritten documents and converts them into editable, searchable digital text that can be stored on your device or within a cloud service. The app's handwriting OCR (optical character recognition) engine extracts text from paper documents, like letters, school notes, meeting notes, and grocery lists, allowing those who prefer to write in longhand the freedom to continue.

It not only allows you to digitize the texts written on paper, but also the notes that the teacher makes on the classroom blackboard. It offers the possibility to add photos from the gallery of the tablet or mobile phone and supports writing in more than 50 languages. After scanning the text, the user can share it by email, upload it to the cloud, or copy it to the clipboard. It is exclusive for Android devices. 

Devices: Android


Evernote

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

This app can quickly capture all your handwritten ideas and notes with Evernote’s built-in camera on Android and Apple devices. It was already possible to digitize texts in Evernote with the help of the Penultimate app , but an update also allows it to be done from your own application thanks to the Evernote Scannable function. Among its various options, it allows you to digitize the text you find, expanding the possibilities and being a perfect ally for, for example, passing notes between colleagues. 

Devices: iOS, Android



GoodNotes 5

( iPhone, iPad )

If you seek a powerful app with handwriting recognition, check out the updated GoodNotes 5 for searchable notebook and document creation. Available for iOS devices, it is suitable for drawing and illustrating. In addition, the written text becomes vector and has the option of being digitized. It also incorporates a search engine to locate the desired information among the notes, both those that are at hand and those that have already adopted a digital format.

Devices: iOS



Notes Plus

( iPhone, iPad )

Notes Plus is a solid app if you want to quickly convert handwriting to text easily plus record your notes, annotate documents. It is compatible with iOS devices and accessories such as Apple Pencil, allowing you to write and draw on the iPad with ease. Everything that is captured on the screen can be converted into a digital document that is easy to store and share using .doc and PDF formats. In addition, it facilitates the integration of photos directly from the gallery or the camera in the documents that are being edited. This handy tool lets you record audio, hand-write notes, insert images, and import or export your notes. You can also convert handwritten notes to text, use the built-in browser for quick research, and annotate PDF and DOC documents.

Devices: iOS


Text Scanner (OCR)

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Text Scanner is an app that translates handwriting into text with minimal effort from you. This app does the OCR right on your mobile in secs. Plus, it covers more than 150 languages so no worries about that. This is how to use the app properly - you just take a pic of the text and the app reads it out loud. However, the app works with subscription packs but it’s not necessary and the instruments you get totally worth the money.

It needs to be said, the narrator if the app speaks clear but still a synthetic speech and you can pick any other voice. Herewith, everything the narrator says it more than understandable. Besides, the app can read more than just books for you - it also covers emails, web pages, letters, bills, and so on.

Devices: iOS, Android


Notability

( iPhone, iPad )

A perfect iPhone and iPad app for converting handwriting to text. And not just only that, it is a full package to go completely paperless. Apart from basic handwriting features, users can create a full document by including images, text, GIFs,  web pages, and whatnot.

The app also provides an option called multi-note in which the users can work on more than one note side by side. And all of your documents will be automatically saved to iCloud. When counting all the features, this is surely the best handwriting app for iPad and iPhone users.

Devices: iOS


Microsoft OneNote for iPad

( iPhone, iPad )

Microsoft’s OneNote performs a very similar task: snap a page of scribblings through the app (for Android or iOS), and it will convert your handwriting into text—provided it’s legible enough for the software to understand. It is part of Microsoft's Office suite and allows you to write with a  digital pen  to create all kinds of content: from small notes to drawings, diagrams or illustrations. It is also available on iOS and Android.

Devices: iOS, Android


WritePad for iPad

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

If you prefer to write longhand but need to see your text in digital format, consider WritePad for iPad. You can configure a host of options to recognize input forms and predefined commands, or you can input lettering with your finger or a stylus.

Devices: iOS


Thanks to the high-power computational power that today's mobile devices and desktop computers harness, handwriting to text apps can help digitize a person's unique handwriting style.