Save Screenshots as Searchable PDFs using LEADTOOLS OCR

Taking a screenshot is a quick and easy way to capture and share information. While Windows provides a snipping tool, it can only capture and save images. With this code, you can save the image as well as the text in the image. This text can be indexed so you can find the information later using Windows built-in search.

With .NET’s Clipboard Class, developers can easily use the GetImage Method to retrieve an image stored in your clipboard. Once you have the image from your clipboard, use LEADTOOLS to convert the image to a RasterImage using the ConvertFromImage Method. You can now convert the new RasterImage to a searchable PDF using the LEADTOOLS OCR SDK.


.NET code to get the image from the clipboard

public Image GetClipboardImage()
    Image returnImage = null;
    if (Clipboard.ContainsImage())
        returnImage = Clipboard.GetImage();
    return returnImage;

LEADTOOLS OCR code to save the image from the clipboard as a searchable PDF

string outputPath = $@"C:\Temp\{textBox1.Text}.pdf";
Image screenshot = GetClipboardImage();

using (RasterImage image = RasterImageConverter.ConvertFromImage(screenshot, ConvertFromImageOptions.None))
    using (IOcrEngine ocrEngine = OcrEngineManager.CreateEngine(OcrEngineType.LEAD, false))
        ocrEngine.Startup(codecs, null, null, null;

        // Create an OCR document
        using (IOcrDocument ocrDocument = ocrEngine.DocumentManager.CreateDocument())
            // Add this image to the document
            IOcrPage ocrPage = ocrDocument.Pages.AddPage(image, null);

            // Auto-recognize the zones in the page

            // Recognize it and save it as a PDF file

            ocrDocument.Save(outputPath, DocumentFormat.Pdf, null);

Try it!

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