The I.R.I.S. OCR software is a utility that allows users to convert PDF files and various image formats, including JPG, BMP and PNG, into editable documents. Readiris 15, the latest I.R.I.S. OCR software as of 2015, can also edit PDF files and process batches of documents.
The I.R.I.S. OCR software utilizes text recognition technology to scan the image or a paper document, extract the textual content and its layout, and recreate that content in the desired output format. The technology allows the software to detect elements such as paragraphs, tables, fonts and embedded images. Through its table recognition technology, the I.R.I.S. OCR software extracts the layout of the table, including columns, lines and figures, allowing users to modify the table later via Microsoft Excel or Google Spreadsheet. It is capable of converting documents and images to e-book formats, such as EPUB, and it can convert text to speech by outputting the content in an audio format such as WAV.
When converting paper documents to PDF files, the I.R.I.S. OCR software retains the original layout while adding a text layer that allows users to index the content and search for it later. For existing PDF files, the software features a built-in text editor through which users can edit the PDF file without using other applications. In addition to its ability to compress PDF files, the software can also secure them via a password to prevent unauthorized access.