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Office Lens takes text from your camera to OneNote

Office Lens

Office Lens for Windows Phone 8 is a beta app that lets you snap pictures of text and turn them into OneNote notes. Using OCR technology, Office Lens instantly recognizes text in documents, business cards, and even whiteboards, and then converts them into searchable electronic files. It is also one of the features that was listed as part of the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK late last week.

The app has two different settings. Whiteboard mode removes glares and shadows from writing surfaces, while Document mode captures the text and color and fits trims them to size.

Here's a glimpse of Office Lens' controls

Both allow you to save directly to your camera roll or Microsoft OneNote, where you can organize and share your scans.

Office Lens is currently in internal beta testing, but you can keep an eye out for the app going public here in the Windows Phone Store.

Thanks, rdw, for the tip!

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Office Lens takes text from your camera to OneNote

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Why did MS do it❔.. Because they aren't ready to show the app yet... It probably won't work until the 8.1 update anyways.... IDK..

I'm sorry Sam. I usually read the articles- wpcentral addict here. Love Windows Phone. Visiting my brothers and had a little to drink. Responsible of course ;-)

This app doesn't add anything OneNote doesn't already offer (except the image enhancing and auto-cropping perhaps). OneNote can already search text in graphics. You can also search for words inside audio and video recordings.

I left Evernote some time ago. Haven't looked back.

With Bing Lens, you can already do this... just click, copy, paste. This app will remove a step, but we do have the functionality on WP.

I thought One Note did this already? I took a picture of the phone list at work and converted it to text, to in turn copy and paste into my contacts.

Seems real good for free. Can't wait until update to download this on my sdorage. Synchronization to onenote is a great platform for this though.

Well, for starters, a link to a site that isn't FB... Second, a bit.ly link, so we can't see where we're going to end up. If you must use a shortener, use a service that allows for inspecting the destination URL, I.e., TinyURL.

U guys are simply insane lol this one i copied from fb that is why its it starts from fb. Leave there is no point to argue with idiots here

Any love for Windows Mobile 6.1? LOL!!!!! Would love to install it on my Motorola A3100, lol!!!

Can't wait! Looks great (for my Lumia of course).

This is weird, because as stated a thousand times, everyone else was able to download it. Did you try to update to WP8.1 first?

Yes! I love this function in OneNote, it is so useful. In fact I used it yesterday to take photos of a new class schedule for a friend and myself with my Surface, and she went 'Wow' when I was just taking photos and it automatically cropped and adjusted each photo.
Now I won't have to wield a whole tablet to do this!
Hopefully WPC will tell us when it's out of beta..

This functionality is buildin the OneNote modern UI app. ScreenShot whiteboard option. Really useful. (Windows 8.x)

Also, has anyone taken a pic and looked at it on their One Drive? If you check the pic, in the details, it will report readable text. You can then copy and paste that. If noticed this for some time now. Seems MS has been working on this and not really said much about it.

LOL, Joe. I never saw the article, but I got my 920 3 days before Sam posted this. The Bing Lens/OCR capability was the first feature I discovered and the one that made me fall in love with my phone. I am, after all, the Nerdy Woman. ;-)

I wonder if it can take multilingual input. I have a bunch of notes in a foreign language class I need to convert :O

Impossible app office lens download! Message: You have not credentials.....I've log in in Wp central but nothing happen!

Posted via the WPC App for Android!

Its so easy to spot the ones who haven't read the article or even the several mentions that its not open to everyone yet