How much does the paperless office pose its influence on your daily work? Are you looking for online and free OCR tools or service to convert your non-editable PDFs, or scanned invoices and reports, or images to editable and searchable formats? Are you frustrated by poor OCR results, such as OCR errors, messy formatting and lossy data? Relax now! You are going to find a list of 10 powerful online and free OCR tools that frequently used by mac users to perform OCR on those digitized files.
Why online and free OCR tools or services are getting so popular among users? I summarize the possible reason as following:
There are quite lot of online and free OCR tools or service available, but basing on the text recognition accuracy and supported output format, I pick 10 powerful tools that frequently used by mac users for your choose. They are categorized into two types, free OCR Plug-ins/Desktop software, and online free OCR services.
1. Google Docs
Google Docs is a service offered by Google to manage web-based documents, like creating, editing Word, Spreadsheets, presentations, even store them online for easy access on different devices. Users can perform OCR in Google Docs on images, scanned PDFs, it is fast with basically satisfactory results.
Evernote is a popular note-syncing service, enables users to collect, nuture and share ideas across desktop and mobile platforms. One of its easily overlooked features is automatic OCR service. Users will be allowed to add images into Evernote server for automatic OCR, you may have to wait, but 10 minutes will be quite enough to finish the OCR.
Note: There is a built-in OCR module allowing you to do OCR on digitized files in Adobe, but is not free.
3. PDF OCR X Community
PDF OCR X Community is a simple drag-and-drop utility that converts single-page PDFs and images into text documents or searchable PDF files, it supports for more than 60 languages. For multi-page PDFs and batch conversion features, you need to pay its enterprise version.
Download Address: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pdf-ocr-x-community-edition/id571442933?mt=12
4. LEAD Tools
LEADTOOLS OCR is provided with source code in LEADTOOLS, designed to perform OCR on images and scanned PDFs, making them into editable formats with satisfactory outcomes, but free only for one-page PDFs.
Download Address: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/leadtools-ocr/id604393629?mt=12
5. Online OCR
Online OCR is an online OCR service that can recognize the texts and characters from scanned files and images. It requires no software installation, what you need to do is upload the file (not exceeding size of 5MB) as guided, choose the language and output format(Word, Excel or Text), then "Convert" to start the OCR process. Once finish, a download link will be offered to download the converted file.
6. Free OCR
Free OCR is an online free tool to perform OCR only on images (jpg, png, bmp, pdf, jpeg, tiff, tif, gif) with a size limit of 6MB, you can extract texts from uploaded images. You can directly choose the file from mac or enter URL to upload images for OCR. You will get a file in text format after OCR, you can download the text by clicking the link.
It is the online service from Investintech which can be used to convert scanned files to more than 10 editable format. It gives accurate results. You will be required to submit an email address to download the editable file. In addition, it offers other services to view, edit PDFs. However, make sure you are uploading high quality images to yield accurate results.
8. ABBYY FineReader Online
It is the free online service offered by ABBYY FineReader, to let users convert scanned documents and images to Word, Excel, ODT, Text, RTF and PDF. It supports 193 languages and brings highly accurate recognized text. You can upload up to 10pages free of charge to perform OCR. However, this service only supports printed documents, hand-written text is not allowed.
9. New OCR
New OCR is a free online OCR service analyzing the text in images with an output of text, you can upload images or enter url to start the OCR process. You can also rotate the file or select a specified page to perform OCR.
10. Free Online OCR
Free Online OCR is a free service enabling users to convert images, scanned documents, PDFs into editable and searchable text, such as DOC, RTF,TXT or PDF. It will rotate the pages automatically for accurate OCR, you can get editable files with nice formatting.
However, these online/free OCR tools are not suitable for all mac users, you may feel not satisfied in one way or another:
Then, I think you should return to a paid but professional tool or service to perform the OCR.
OCR Wizard, as I recommend, is professional OCR software designed to convert any PDF, scanned documents, or image files (including the picture of business card) into searchable and editable formats, like PDF, RTFD, DOCX, DOC, XLSX, PPTX, HTML, TEXT, ALTO, FB2, EPUB, ODT, PAGES, even KEYNOTE. Users are also allowed to correct or convert images, to recognize picture of business cards and share, even to manually correct the recognized results if necessary. It supports over 40 languages. With its easy-to-use interface and high quality OCR recognition, no more documents retyping and reformatting will be required.
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