Adobe Scan app creates searchable, editable PDFs for free

Posted on June 2, 2017. Filed under: Adobe Acrobat, Android, Apple, Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , , |

CNet has a post: Available for iOS and Android, the app offers all the extras of other scanning apps minus the limitations and fees.

“Adobe’s including optical character recognition (OCR) for free.” So now you can edit, search, and copy from what you scan. Very useful!

Source: Adobe Scan app creates searchable, editable PDFs for free – CNET

Adobe Scan is available here


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OCR Terminal: Online OCR

Posted on February 21, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Graphics, PDF | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

OCR Terminal: Online OCR will let you Convert PDF to Word, JPEG to Word.

This will allow you to convert up to 20 pages a month for free (more if you pay).

A PDF file may not be usable in a Word (or other word processor) document.  A picture of text scanned in is definitely nothing more than a pattern of pixels to a computer.  These need to be converted to text by an OCR (optical character recognition) program, which basically guesses which groups of pixels look like letters.

Be aware that ANY such program is only making best guesses, and may make mistakes.  You need to proofread the results and compare to the original to find them.

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ABBYY FineReader Online for free OCR!

Posted on October 24, 2009. Filed under: File conversion, Freeware/Shareware, Online Software | Tags: , , , , , , |

[updated 2010.3.29]

The Boreham Library uses ABBYY FineReader software for OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to convert text in pictures into text that computers can use as real text.

MakeUseOf has a post about ABBYY FineReader Online.


  • Online image text extraction tool.
  • Lets you process 50 pages a day for free.
  • Supported input image formats: BMP, PCX, DCX, JPEG/JPEG, PNG and TIFF/TIF.
  • Supported output file formats: Microsoft Word, Excel, RTF, and TXT and PDF.
  • The file must not be larger than 10 MB.
  • Multilingual recognition: Russian, English, German and French.
  • Simple and clutter free design.
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ocropus for OCR work in Linux

Posted on June 22, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Linux | Tags: , , , , , |

ocropus is a program for doing OCR (Optical Character Recognition)  in Linux.

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Posted on February 8, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , | the free Windows OCR software list has freeware for doing Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to convert what you scan into characters the computer can recognize as letters and read properly.

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