How to convert text from scanned images / PDF to digital text files – OCR

My mom  needed to make a soft copy of some printed documents. This was a weary task. Then, a brain wave occurred to me. I just took a snap / scan of the document and converted it to digital text or  can I say, ‘typed’ or ‘copyable’ text. Here are some applications you can use..

Note: You will need a decent processor because these programs are quite heavy on the CPU. As this is a program you will need to proof read it for errors.

1) FreeOCR – This is a Freeware which requires .NET framework. Since it is free, the features are minimum. It converts the documents to text and you just copy them.

2) Simple OCR – This is a Shareware, but has some very good features like handwriting recognition (not very effective though) etc.

3) Google OCR – If you have your documents online, just search for it ( filetype:pdf) on Google and click on “View as HTML’”


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