Free Online OCR service from Google – Convert Images, PDF to Text

Proprietary OCR ( Optical Character Recognition ) software from ABBYY, Expervision,  OmniPage, PrimeOCR, Readiris, SimpleOCR etc are expensive and resource hogging. The Google Docs online will support OCR, currently available as a demonstration only. Use the demonstration page for now to test the OCR service. You’ll find many errors with character recognition, but the service is free and it’s constantly improving until it is completely integrated into Google docs.

Google docs OCR online

ABBYY FineReader Online is one of the best online OCR services with free version limited to 10 pages a day.

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2 Responses to “Free Online OCR service from Google – Convert Images, PDF to Text”

  1. Although both Tesseract and Ocropus belong to Google, this OCR service does not seem to use them because, when i input the same image to all of them, I found out that Google OCR provided better results than Tesseract, while Tesseract provided much better results than Ocropus, although Ocropus uses Tesseract as the recognition engine….!!

    I nearly tried all free online OCR services. All of them give more or less the same quality. I also recommend i2OCR.
    It provides a balance between accuracy and usability.

  2. Another great OCR software to check out is CVISION Technologies. In my opinion, they have one of the best in terms of accuracy and speed. You can download their free trial here:

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