Sometimes I getdocuments from my clients on my virtual fax number, and I have to modify some text in them. In the absence of a good OCR (Optical Character Reconition) Tool, I sometimes end up again typing up that document to modify it. Online OCR is a neat web application that will make it really easy for me to extract text from faxes, and scanned documents.
OnlineOCR is a web-based OCR service that allows you to convert scanned paper documents (including multipage files), faxes, photographs or digital camera captured images into editable and searchable electronic documents including Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Rtf, Html and Txt. If you already have a scanned document, then you can directly upload that on Online OCR’s website, and it will let you download the converted document. If you just have a hard copy of a document(like a fax), and do not have a scanner then you can take photograph of that document. You can then upload that photograph to Online OCR, and Online OCR will be able to convert that too.
Online OCR does a really good job at conversion. Converted documents look exactly like the original – tables, columns, bullets and graphics.
Here are some of the features of this free Online OCR:
Recognizes 28 Languages
Online OCR is able to recognize text from 28 languages! Following languages are supported:
English, Byelorussian, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Latin, Moldavian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish, Serbian, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian
Many Input Formats
Online OCR is able to accept files from many different formats:
- PDF (All types of PDF files including multi-page PDFs)
- TIF/TIFF (Multipage TIFFs supported)
Upload zip files:
You can even upload ZIP files containing the above types of files. Online OCR will unzip the files, complete the conversion, and will give you download link for converted document.
Various Output Formats:
Online OCR gives you the possibility to convert recognized text into 6 output formats:
- Adobe PDF
- MS Word
- MS Excel
- Rich Text Format
- Plain Text
Choose pages to be converted in a Multi-Page file
If you upload a multipage PDF file, you can specify which pages you want to convert. You can specify exact pages, or even range of pages. This will reduce conversion time.
Free for first 5 pages
Online OCR is completely free for first 5 pages. You will need to buy credits to convert more pages.
Online OCR is a really good software for converting scanned documents to editable formats. The biggest limitation with this is that it allows you to convert only upto 5 pages for free, even though there are other completely free programs out there to convert a PDF to Word, or Convert PDF to Excel.