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How Do I Transfer an Image or PDF File to Text

October 29, 2013  |  Difficulty: Medium

transfer your JPG, GIF, TIFF, BMP or PDF file

If you receive a text document you would like to modify but it is scanned as an image or PDF, you may find editing it with a text editor impossible. Fortunately, there is an option to convert it to text online for free. Free-OCR.com is an online OCR (Optical Character Recognition) tool. It uses the same technology as scanners for recognizing characters. Some interpretation errors may occur, especially for non-English text, but it can be adjusted when you edit. The instructions below explain how to transfer your JPG, GIF, TIFF, BMP or PDF file to plain text.

Converting image to text online instructions:

  1. Launch your Internet browser and go to Free OCR home page.
  2. Click on the “Browse” button and select the image or PDF file from your computer.
  3. Select the text language from the “Language” dropdown.
  4. Type in the Captcha text and click on the “Send file” button.
  5. The input file gets converted to the plain text.
  6.  Now you can copy and paste it into a text document or wherever you want.

Tips and Techniques:

  • Free-OCR can handle images with multi-column text.
  • It supports multiple languages, including 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.


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