OnlineOCR – Free OCR Service
Link: Free Online OCR service - convert PDF documents to Word, JPG to Word
OnlineOCR is a free site where you can convert images, PDF docs and more into editable text or Word files.
Maximum file size for the guest user: 1 Mb.
Free Online OCR service allows you to
text and characters from PDF scanned documents (including multipage files), photographs and digital camera captured images. Service allows users to select 28 languages to recognize multilingual documents.
OCR results directly to your favorite formats including Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Rtf, Html and Txt. Converted documents look exactly like the original - tables, columns, bullets and graphics.
OCRed files online in your secure workspace. Also you can download these files on your PC, edit text and print.
I have experimented with several PDFs [not particularly challenging ones] and it coped quite well. I was quite impressed and when I can find some I will try PDFs which include special characters to see how it handles them.
Registration will give you access to additional features not available to guest users: recognize large images, ZIP archives and multipage PDF, choose recognition languages, convert into editable formats and other settings.
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