Free Image OCR
Free Image OCR is an intuitive piece of software that lets you turn your scanned PDF documents and image files into text which can be edited and searched.
Supported image files include TIF, JPG, PCX, BMP, ICO and PNG, among many others. Items can be added to the list using the file browse only, since the drag-and-drop function is not supported.
It is possible to edit document properties when it comes to the description (e.g. title, author), initial view (e.g. navigation tab, magnification, page layout) and custom (add name and value), as well as view security and font information.
You can zoom in and out while previewing the document or image, use OCR, save text to a TXT file, remove line breaks, copy all text to the Clipboard, as well as export it to a Microsoft Word document with support for OCR. Other tools of Free Image OCR let you add and remove passwords, and apply digital signatures.
The software application runs on a pretty low amount of CPU and RAM, so it should not put a strain on computer performance or interrupt normal user activity. We have not come across any issues throughout our evaluation, since the tool does not hang, crash or pop up error dialogs. It delivers good results.
To sum it up, Free Image OCR proves to be a reliable software application when it comes to converting PDFs and images to files that can be edited and searched, and it should please all types of users, regardless of their level of experience.
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