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I am interested in OCR for use with the Amharic language, which uses the Geez font. Do you know any software that can do this?

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Dear Sir or Madam.

I downloaded a PDF file from the Internet archive site onto my PC.
As well as Latin fonts for English the file also contains Geez font for Amharic.

I selected and copied a section of text from the PDF file and pasted it into a blank page of a Microsoft Word file. While the English part of the text was faithfully copied and pasted into my editable Word file the Amharic part of the text(which uses the Geez font) is unintelligible; it was copied as a jumbled mix of upper and lower case type set.

Can you let me know what software/hardware I need to make a totally faithful editable copy?


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You are unable to read the font because you actually don't have the font installed. To do this, locate the unicode version of the Geez font and use the Start > Run and type fonts and paste the font there. After this, try and copy the same text again and you will notice that it will look exactly as the one in the PDF file. It's the easiest and most convenient way to add support for the Amharic language on your PC.

For the editing part of the PDF you will need to first check for the security settings to see if you have permissions to edit the file (most likely you have since you can copy the text from it) then use an application like Adobe Acrobat X Pro
which is an authoring tool for PDF files. It gives you the possibility to manage your PDF files.

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There is a an online Amharic OCR service on You can find lot of Amharic software and resources on

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