Free Online OCR

There are several OCR Conversion Tools to choose from; what is best depends on the final output you are expecting

Purpose 1 – Convert PDF / Image File to other editable formats

Purpose 2 – Extract Text from PDF / Image File

Convert PDF / Image File to other editable formats (Preserve Original Formatting)

Recommended Option – Use

  • You can register for Free on their website which gives you access to OCR up to 25 Pages
  • Create a registered username and password on their website
  • Once logged in; you are redirected to the Dashboard
  • The Simple Interface on the site is self explanatory;
    • There are large number of language options to choose from
    • Multiple Output formats can be selected
    • Selective Page numbers can also be defined
    • For multiples files; there is an excellent option to upload them as ZIP Files
  • The feature that sets OnlineOCR apart from the rest is that the converted document restores up to 90% of the original document formatting


If your OCR Conversion requirement is beyond the Free Limit of 25 Pages; they have several economical pricing packages to choose from. If the requirement is business critical; I would suggest you look no further and proceed with the petty purchase to achieve fantastic results

In addition; they also have a highly responsive support team; just in case you run into any trouble with the features



Extract Text from PDF / Image File (Formatting is not preserved)

Recommended Option 1 – Using Google Docs (Free)


  • Click the right-most icon as displayed and ensure the option ‘Convert Text from uploaded PDF and Image files’ is selected



  • Upload the Image or PDF file by clicking the Red Icon



  • Select the desired Document Language and Click Start Upload
  • Once done; open the document from Google Docs
  • Your original document / image will be followed by OCR Text than be freely edited / saved to another document format
  • Use the File Menu from Google Docs to Download as other editable formats

Recommended Option 2 – Using Adobe Professional (Paid Software)

  • You can use Adobe Professional directly with a Scanner to OCR Images to create Searchable PDFs
  • You can also manually select files or collection of files in folders to OCR them
  • You can further save the resulting PDF to editable formats like Word. But the chances of the original formatting to be preserved is minimal



Posted on May 14, 2014, in Utilities and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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