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How to Convert any Scanned Document to PDF/Word/Text file

After a long time , GeekySplash is here with a new trick which saves your time when you are in a need type a whole document which is printed or a scanned.  Sometimes , you may a have a need like you have pictures of a book or any printed material on your mobile and you need to make it into a word document. There is a tool for these needs which is called as OCR, which means Optical Character Recognition . 

Many of you are aware of Camscanner , a great app which makes a snapped document look like a scanned document. However if you need the text from the doc or make it a PDF by editing the existing OCR works as a really great tool. CamScanner App has OCRoption which needs a special plugin to be installed and however doesn’t works completely perfect. What exactly OCR does is shown in the picture below 😀

Online-OCR-Scanned-Text-to-PDF-MS-Word-Conversion

How does OCR works ?

I myself make good use of OCR with the website onlineocr.net  where text can be obtained from image files like JPEG, PNG , GIF etc into text files types like TXT, DOC , DOCX, PDF etc . I myself use to obtain text from a scanned book ( a PDF that cannot be copied 😛 ) .

What exactly happens behind OCR is the characters are recognized by subjecting the image into various algorithms which involve breaking the image into various pieces and identifying each character separately. All these things happen in just a few seconds.

  • Go to onlineocr.net
  • Upload the document or image file with text .
  • Select the language  and select your desired Output file type ( Optional :  Specify the language in the input file if it is any other language other than English )
  • Hit on convert and Download the file after entering the numerical CAPTCHA .

For effective use of  OCR , use Snipping Tool ( for Windows 7 /8/8.1/10 )  which helps in making cropped Screenshots while you are reading a PDF.

Things to keep in mind before you use it for OCR

  • Mathematical Characters and Equations may not be recognized.
  • Cursive written fonts may not be recognized.
  • OCR cannot be accurate with special kind of fonts which involve comical or graphical form of texts.

 

Written by Suryanarayana Murthy

Computer Grad. Web Nerd. Tech Enthusiast. I run this blog 😎

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