Wondering if anyone had recommendations for software that converts handwriting (fairly legible penmanship) to computerized text? Any hiccups or bottlenecks in the process/workflow? Sensitivity to ink and paper combinations?

A potential project involves the handwritten text on one page and its typewritten conversion on the other. One application is assessing translation quality and integrity from archival texts that are handwritten. Another is for artist's books, ones intended to preserve the aesthetic quality of the author's calligraphic style.

  • I don't see what this has to do with writing. If the software you're looking for has something to do with a writing project, please edit to explain this and we'll consider reopening. Commented Jun 17, 2012 at 2:22
  • @NeilFein Ok, I've updated to include a few use-cases.
    – mt3
    Commented Jun 18, 2012 at 2:14
  • calligraphic style isn't on-topic here, but that other use case... I've asked for another opinion on this. Commented Jun 18, 2012 at 3:58
  • Heya mt3, I'm afraid this question has a couple of issues. One is, the fact that these tools can be used for writing, translation, etc., doesn't make them "tools of the trade" unless such use is common practice. Super User is a good resource for software questions. Secondly, even on SU, general requests for recommendations and lists of viable tools are generally considered unconstructive. See this blog post for more info.
    – Standback
    Commented Jun 18, 2012 at 5:55
  • (cont.) So I'm afraid I need to leave this closed. But if you have any new problems that come up during the actual projects, those might be spot-on here!
    – Standback
    Commented Jun 18, 2012 at 5:56

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I've had pretty good luck using the text conversation in Mircosoft OneNote, both scanned in text and hand written stuff, and my handing writing is pretty bad.

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