OCR Online: Extract Text from Scanned Documents And Images Online

OCR Online is a handy online utility that can extract text from PDFs and handwritten scanned documents. Although, doctor’s handwriting will be a challenge for the service.

OCronlineOptical Character Recognition (OCR) turns scanned documents into plain text so you can easily make changes to the document. You cannot only convert PDF files but you can even extract text from images as well. If you want to extract text from scanned documents or photographs, give OCR Online a try.

OCR Online supports JPG, TIFF, PNG, GIF and PDF formats. The best thing about this service is that it can detect over 150 different languages and extract text accordingly with maximum accuracy. This service also allows users to get five pages for free on registration, after that there’s a fee per page.To get started, you must first register for a free account on OCR Online.

To register, open OCR Online homepage (Link Below) and click the Sign Up now button.

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Enter your log in details and click Register. Once registered, the service will send a confirmation email that you’ll need to validate in order to use the service.
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After activating your account, it will take you to OCR Online dashboard where you can upload the files that you want to convert. Click the Browse button and locate the file you want to upload. After selecting the file, click the Upload button to begin the process.

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After uploading the file, OCR Online displays the total number of pages that will be converted. Click the Process button to begin the conversion process.

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When it’s done, it gives you a download link to get the converted scanned docs.

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I uploaded two different files (one scanned image of a handwritten document and one PDF) and the results were quite good. There were some errors in the handwritten document but in that case, it depends on the handwriting quality — doctors will have a tough time using this service.

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  1. Austin Krause

    July 24, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Like Google, the one fault that really stands out with this service is that it passes your document through their online servers. Just be careful what you scan through. If the doc contains confidential information it might be better to find a desktop client that can do this.

    • hammad

      July 24, 2012 at 11:42 pm

      Yes thats obvious, but for basic documents, it can be a good option

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