A page of printed notes from an instructor, an old proposal you want to edit, a letter your boss wants turned into a template, OnlineOCR can help take an image of text and turn it into an editable copy.
OnlineOCR is a completely free service. You can upload documents in a variety of formats like PDF, TIFF, JPG and other image files as well as a ZIP of your document. Without creating an account you can convert documents up to 1MB in size and five pages long. Creating a free account allows you to upload documents that are 20MB in size and longer than five pages.
The biggest bonus that comes with account creation isn't the expansion in file size, but the format preservation. You can convert a PDF with columns into a Word document with columns and so on. The free version simply rips the text from the document into plain text — as seen in the screenshot above. If all you need is the text to slap into another application, the free account is more than sufficient.
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