As the witnesses of the latest trends in technology, we are familiar with how the productivity tools can help us. From streamlining our work to saving us hours of time on repetitive tasks, it’s obvious that we are becoming more and more dependent on our digital sidekicks to get the job done.
Take document repurposing, for example – one of the most time consuming tasks in the modern office. In the majority of cases, the documents we receive are in PDF format, which leaves us almost no choices when it comes to their editing. The first and the most impulsive solution is to manually retype the document, or specific parts that you might need. This would take a lot of time and nerves of steel, but eventually it would get the job done. That is, if you keep your focus enough to not make any mistakes along the way.
The other workaround is definitely smarter, but, needless to say, it also has its flaws. It involves using a PDF converter to export your locked PDF into a fully editable file format, most commonly the Microsoft Word. Although this does the job just fine for native PDF documents (the PDFs created from MS Word, Google Docs, OpenOffice, etc.), that is not the case when it comes to the scanned PDFs.
Scanned PDFs are basically a scanned image locked inside a PDF. The characters are visible to the naked eye as separate, but the computer sees the entire document as just one picture. In order to make a scanned PDF editable again, you would probably have to spend several hours (for a longer document) retyping the PDF, word by word.
Thankfully, there is a technology that can automate this process and save us hours of time. It’s called Optical Character Recognition and it does exactly what the human eye does – it scans the image PDF and reads the text locked in the image. When integrated into a PDF converter, it enables us to extract that image text into editable digital format. In short, it does what we would do, only much faster.
OCR is mostly integrated into professional desktop PDF conversion solutions. These advanced PDF Converters usually cost money.
Thankfully, there are online services, such as this OCR PDF to Word converter. Completely free to use and without any limitations to the file size or number of conversion, this sturdy online scanned PDF to Word converter will allow you to repurpose your scanned PDF document in a few clicks.
It is very easy and intuitive to use. The following three no-brainer steps are all it takes to unlock the text from image PDFs:
- Select and upload the PDF file into the tool.
- Type in the desired email address that you would like the converted file delivered to.
- Hit “Start” to get your PDF converted.
Besides scanned PDFs, you can also convert regular (native) PDF documents to MS Word, with even higher levels of accuracy. As an added bonus, there is no learning curve at all. The hardest thing you’ll have to do is bookmark it.
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