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OCR Recognize Text in PDF Online - BETA

Convert PDF scans to searchable text and PDFs. Quickly extract text from scanned files

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HOW TO RECOGNIZE TEXT WITH OCR AND CONVERT TO SEARCHABLE PDF DOCUMENTS

DeftPDF's OCR (Optical Character Recognition) tool converts image-based files into searchable PDF documents or text files for free.

When a document is scanned (PDF) or image-based (JPEG/PNG), the content is read by the computer as dots and pixels. To make its contents recognized by the computer as characters, you will need an OCR tool to convert it into a machine-readable file.

1. Upload Your Files

You can be assured that your files are safely uploaded over an encrypted connection. The files will be permanently deleted after processing.

  • To upload your files from your computer, click “Upload PDF File” and select the files you want to edit or drag and drop the files to the page.
  • To upload files from Dropbox, Google Drive or from a website where your files are located, expand the drop-down list and select your files.
  • You can upload 1 file at a time for free accounts, while Upgraded Accounts are entitled to upload 10 files at a time. 

2. PDF Document Language Selection

Select the language of your document as the OCR conversion works best when it’s specified. It would also be easier for all unclear words to be resolved according to language.

3. Choose Output Format and Save

Options will be given to convert your documents - searchable PDF or a plain text file that will extract data on a .txt file.  A searchable PDF is still a PDF file that contains content that can be recognized as characters. 

Select the option preferred and click “Recognize text on all pages” to start the process.

Once the process is done, save your converted file by clicking “Download” or you may also upload the documents in your Google Drive or Dropbox accounts.

OCR Process Accuracy

It is advisable to not compress your document prior to running the OCR process. Higher resolution documents usually give a better result.

Unfortunately, 100% accuracy on the recognized text is not guaranteed but this is the best approach.

NOTE: Tool works best if the browser's cache is cleared 

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