OCR (Optical Character Recognition) is a technology that makes computers recognise printed and handwritten text characters. You can take a photo or scan a document to convert it to text. You can write with your Apple Pencil on your iPad and convert it to text.
These will convert your handwriting to text. The accuracy of the conversion has improved dramatically over the past years. With some apps not needing any corrections to the conversions they make if one’s handwriting is neat enough.
Handwriting recognition in note-taking apps allows you to search through your handwritten notes without necessarily converting them to text, which is a handy feature.
Scanning apps also have OCR technology. Scanner Pro by Readdle is my go-to scanning app. It allows you to take photos of documents and turn them to scans. You then have the option to convert the scanned text into editable text.
The accuracy of the conversion in Scanner pro depends on how well you take the photos. Make sure there is adequate lighting and no shadows cast on your document when you take the picture. Taking pictures near a window provides the best natural lighting for your scans.
If you don’t like typing, you can get a keyboard that lets you handwrite characters. For that, I recommend Stylus, by MyScript. The same developers that brought us Nebo. It works in all applications on your iPad.
Its conversions are very accurate. MyScript doesn’t disappoint in the OCR technology department. What’s great about this is that you don’t need the Apple for this. You can use your finger to write as well.