How to convert a document or image to an editable file

There are multiple OCR applications , which are capable of converting the image of a document, captured with a scanner, into text. Some come with the scanner, others have to be purchased.

But, how about having a free online OCR application? You can have the text contained in any file in PDF, JPG, GIF, TIFF or BMP format by extracting it from it. To use the application you do not need anything special, you do not have to register or indicate your email address, you just have to upload the file directly from your computer, from Google Drive or from Dropbox, and indicate the language in which the text is written.

What does Free OCR offer?

The service offered by Free OCR has been active for quite some time. I still remember when I used it for the first time, more than ten years ago. It works perfectly, although it has some limitations. Thus, the uploaded file should not exceed 2 MB.

If you have scanned a document and it covers several pages, it is normal that you will not have problems uploading each page independently. To do this, locate the image on your computer, select the language and drag it to the editor or click on the Choose File button . After a few moments of processing, the result will be displayed at the bottom of the screen, a plain text document, which you can download and edit with any word processor.


Before uploading the file you must enter the code that is shown in the image, it is a Captcha system , used to avoid the actions of spammers . If you don’t see this image, it may be because you have an ad blocking system activated. You will have to disable it before attempting the upload.


The level of precision in the results is correct, without many errors, although, it is clear, it does not reach the perfection obtained with some commercial programs, with higher features, but it is ideal to get out of trouble. Among the languages ​​it supports is Spanish. Remember that it is free and that, to use it, you must access Free Online OCR PDF .

There is also a version of the tool to install as an application on your computer. It is not a free program, but its price at the moment is only €2 if you only use the PDF editor. If we want to get the OCR version of the application, designed to read and interpret the text portions of any document or image, we must pay €20. It offers more features than the online application and only works on Windows computers.