Thursday, 16 April 2009

16. Online OCR - InstantOCR

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is usually about big flatbed scanners and expensive software. Here is a service that (currently) offers free online scanning. All you have to do is upload your document and it does the rest.

And it claims to work in English, Japanese, Portuguese, French, German, Turkish, Spanish, Polish, Danish, Italian, Finnish and Czech. They also have manual correction for English, Japanese and Turkish (for a small fee).

As I understand it, it works with mobile phone quality pictures, but you cannot currently send from your mobile phone as it is an upload-based system rather than an email-based system. But you could download to your computer, and then upload the image. It also converts pdfs.

Instant OCR

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