Another Free OCR Option for Software Cheapskates

Last Updated Oct 13, 2009 10:44 AM EDT


Need to turn a printed page of text into an electronic page of editable text? Try OnlineOCR, a free optical-character-recognition service.

Traditionally, this kind of process takes place on your PC via pricey OCR software. With OnlineOCR, you simply upload a PDF, JPEG, TIFF, or just about any other kind of file (preferably at 200-400 dots per inch, or DPI), then sit tight while the service converts it to Word, Excel, plain text, or another format of your choice.


Without so much as registering, you can upload files up to 1MB/5 pages per hour. If you do decide to register (it's free), the cap jumps to 20MB and you get to store documents online.

However, you're limited to five free conversions. After that, you'll have to pony up a few pennies per page. Of course, if you have heavy OCR requirements, you'll probably prefer a local, software-based solution. OnlineOCR is for those times when you're in a pinch and need a free, easy OCR option.

If this sounds a bit familiar, it's because Dave spotlighted the similar Free OCR service a while back. And it was just a couple weeks ago that Google Docs unveiled an OCR solution. Cloud computing really is taking over the world, isn't it? [via MakeUseOf]

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