Friday, November 26, 2010

5 Free OCR Scanning Websites

OCR or Optical Character Recognition,is a technology that enables you to convert different types of documents, such as scanned paper documents, PDF files or images captured by a digital camera into editable and searchable data.
The popularity of OCR has been increasing each year with the advent of fast microprocessors providing the vehicle for vastly improved recognition techniques. Data Entry through OCR is faster, more accurate, and generally more efficient than keystroke data entry.
Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is usually about big flatbed scanners and expensive software.So we listed 5 free OCR Scanning Websites for those who are looking for an online service that offers free OCR scanning.
 5 Free OCR Scanning Websites

1.Free OCR :

Free OCR does exactly what it claims: Nothing more and nothing less. Upload an image and this site translates it into plain text, which you can copy and paste to a document on your PC. No site registration is required.
Supported formats:
PDF, JPG, GIF, TIFF or BMP files with a maximum file size of 2 MB and there is a limit of 10 image uploads per hour. The OCR currently supports the six languages English, German, Spanish, French, Italian and Dutch.

2. OCR Terminal

OCR Terminal is an free online Optical Character Recognition service that allows you to convert scanned images and pdf’s into editable and text searchable documents. It accurately preserves formatting and layout of documents.
In order to use free version,you must register an account and it allows you to process up to 20 scanned pages per month.
Supported formats:
supports all popular document image formats PDF, TIFF, PNG, JPEG to Word, TXT, RTF and PDF. Extracted text can be downloaded in TXT, DOC, XML or RTF formats or directly e-mailed with a thumbnail of the uploaded image.The site currently allows for text extraction only from English language documents.

3. InstantOCR

INSTANT OCR is a web based OCR program. Simply, it makes Optical Character Recognition process to image file , pdf file or a scanned document which is uploaded to the ocr server by user and send results back via mail.No site registration is required
Supported formats:
jpeg , jpg , giff , tiff etc files and Instant OCR supports 12 languages, English, German, Spanish, French, Italian,Danish,Japanese(Currently not working),Portuguese,Turkish,polish,Finish and Czech.Also you can use InstantOCR as a pdf converter.

4.WeOCR servers

WeOCR is a platform that allows people to use OCR (Optical Character Reader / Recognition) through the network. WeOCR server receives images of the users, recognizes text in images, and return recognition results to users. Select an image file to the server WeOCR top of the page and click “Acknowledge” button. You will see the results of character recognition on the screen of the web browser.
Accepted formats: BMP, JPEG, PBM / PGM / PPM, and gzipped are accepted.

5.ABBYY FineReader Online:

This is based on ABYY intelligent award-winning OCR technology,for free version registration is required and it process up to 50 pages a day not more than 10 Mb .
Supported formats:
supports all popular document image formats.Output formats are Microsoft Word and Excel, PDF, RTF and TXT.This OCR supports 4 languages Russian, English, German and French.

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