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March 27, 2012

Top 4 Free Online Image To Text Conversion Tools

Filed under: Online Tools — Tags: , — Rahul @ 11:00 am

Many times we got a scanned copy of a document which is send by some of your relative or by your friend, as you know that scanned copy will be sent as an image format, mostly it will be in JPEG format, now suppose you wanna make some changes in that document or wanna get some text or phrase from it, then what you will do?

In this case OCR (Optical Character Recognition) tools will help you, As names suggest, these tools recognize the text or you can say character from any image file and gives you an text document which can be copied, and edited easily.

So here are some easy to use online OCR tools which might help you to convert your scanned image to text format :-

OnlineOCR.Net

OnlineOCR,Net is an nice online web service which not only allows you to convert images into text form but you can also use your PDF files to extract editable text from it. This online web service supports almost all kind of images like TIF/TIFF (multipage TIFF), JPEG/JPG, BMP, PCX, PNG, GIF, PDF (multipage PDF).

But your file size should not exceed 30 Mb and image resolution should be 200 DPI or higher if you want good results. You can use it without making any kind of account on it, if you use it as guest then you can upload and convert 15 Images per hour. And you can get out result in MS Word, MS Excel or in Plaint Text format.

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If you make your account then you will get lots of features like you can upload multiple images, in ZIP format, to get converted at once, you can convert specific pages from PDF file like if you upload a multi-page PDF file then type “14,26”, only 14th and 26th page will be recognized. Or “4,9-12”, 4th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th pages will be recognized.

Rating :- 4/5

Visit Site :- OnlineOCR.Net

OCROnline

If you wanna convert any image file or PDF file which is in some other language other than English then this service is for you. OnlineOCR supports more than 150 languages, to use this free service you need to make account on that site and then you will be able to use it.

It can recognize different kind of fonts from the file and then it can rebuild the structure and restore formatting of multi-page documents. It supports JPG, TIFF, PNG, GIF, PDF files as an input and output file can be downloaded in PDF, TEXT, MS Word (Doc) and RTF.

When you signup you will get 5 page credits, means you will be able to convert 5 documents with such credits, don’t worry they will reset your credits again to 5 on every Monday if it went below 5, else if you need to convert more than 5 files at once than you can buy pages from them.

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To get started first you need to make account on it and once you had account just login and then upload your document, for high quality results you should select a document which has resolution of 300 dpi and save the image file(s) at high image quality (at least 60%) if you save to the JPG format.

Rating :- 3.5/5

Visit Site :- OcrOnline

Free-OCR

If you liked above service due to its support for different languages but you don’t wanna make account on any web site then here is another service for you, Free-OCR too supports lots of languages like Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese.

But it has some cons too, the only restriction is that the images must not be larger than 2MB, no wider or higher than 5000 pixels and there is a limit of 10 image uploads per hour.

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If you are going to use this service then you don’t need to worry about the optimization of image,automatic image preprocessing optimization before the image is fed to the OCR engine. They reduce background noise and adjust the resolution

With this tool you can upload and convert JPG, GIF, TIFF BMP or PDF (only first page but in future you will get first 10 page). To use it you need to select your document, enter the Captcha image and then you will get your document in a plain text format, currently you don’t have any choice over output type.

Rating :- 4/5

Visit Site :- Free-OCR

NewOCR

Now here comes a new baby in this field, and you will love it, NewOCR has lots of features which were missing on all of the above tools, it supports 58 language and it supports lots of input type too which can be converted into text file very easily. It supports :-

Image :- JPEG, JFIF, PNG, GIF, BMP, PBM, PGM, PPM, PCX

Compressed :- Unix compress, bzip2, bzip, gzip

Multi Page In :- TIFF, PDF, DjVu

DOC, DOCX, RTF, ODT files with images

Multiple images in ZIP archive

Not only this you can get output in Plain text (TXT), Microsoft Word (DOC), OpenOffice and LibreOffice (ODT), Rich Text Format (RTF), Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Web page (HTML).

To use this service you don’t need to make any kind of account on it and it wont put any kind of restriction on you regarding uploading, you can upload unlimited number of files and can convert them, once you conversion is done your file(s) are deleted from the server means you are fully secured.

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After conversion you can download your document or edit it on Google Docs, or paste it on online clipboard like Pastie.com or Pastebin.com, if you don’t understand the language used in it the you can translate using Google Translate service.

You can rotate the page too in clockwise/counterclockwise 90°, 180°, and another cool feature of it is that you can convert files which are online by providing their URL.

One more thing, suppose you don’t wanna convert whole page but just wanna convert a portion of that page then you can do it too, just select the area which you wanna convert and you are done with.

Rating :- 4.5/5

Visit Site :- NewOCR

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