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Free-OCR.com: free web-based OCR

Scanning printed documents into images or PDFs has always been easy, but turning those documents into editable text with optical character recognition (OCR) software has long been a hassle. It used to require special software that came with your scanner, or installing optional components with Microsoft Office.

Yesterday I had several documents to OCR, and I thought, "It's 2010! Why do I need to install some bloated software to do this!" Then I found Free-OCR.com, a site that will convert your uploaded JPG, GIF, TIFF BMP or PDF file to editable text within seconds. You don't need an account, and you don't even need to provide your email address.

There is a limitation with PDFs: it will only OCR the first page. So, you may need to split multi-page PDFs into individual files, or (oh, the terror!) revert to your desktop scanning software.

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