Extract Text From an Image into an Editable document

freeocrOne of the things I hated back at school were the projects. Not because of the work involved , if anything I was very proactive when a group assignment came along, but with the advent of computers all our projects were supposed to be typed up, in a neat format, and that is what I hated!

I soon learnt about OCR (optical character recognition) which is a way to extract text from an image and convert it into an editable text document. I did try it out but for all its advantages it also had an equal number of disadvantages : expensive software, undesirable results , and in some cases additional hardware.

The benefits of course are: articles and excerpts don’t need to be retyped by hand, OCR-ed text can be reused anywhere. For instant, college course papers to displaying excerpts in a party banner etc.

FreeOCR aims to give you all of that for free! about the only thing you have to invest is a little of your time and scanning your documents (if needed). Once you have your images just go to the website open upload it using the provided space and within a minute you’ll should have a editable version of your text!


There are are some limitations such as not being able to convert more than 10 images per hour and that images should not be more than 2MB but all things considered its a great service!

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3 Responses to Extract Text From an Image into an Editable document

  1. vbb July 6, 2009 at 5:23 pm #

    I use another desktop based FREEWARE software -called JOCR.You can select a particular area to scan for characters.And like FreeOCR,this is not limited to only images but also copy protected pdf files.

  2. manuelvivas January 2, 2010 at 10:29 am #

    Thanks, gracias, Dios les bendiga, que excelente herramienta han proporcionado a la humanidad, los felicito, son extraordinarios, inteligentes, me ha ayudado mucho esta alternativa, les deseo muchos éxitos apreciados amigos,!!!!!! wao 🙂

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