Use the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) capabilities of Google Docs to convert PDFs and scanned images of pages to editable text for free.
Google Docs supports importing and converting scanned text documents. Upload your scanned images (JPEG, GIF, PNG) or PDFs, check the option to “Convert text from PDF and image files to Google documents”, and Google Docs will extract text and formatting from the scans that you can edit.
Google Docs OCR works best with high-resolution images, and not all formatting may be preserved. To help ensure the accuracy of the OCR translation, the original PDF/image is included in the new document, followed by the editable transcript of its contents. So, each page of the original document converts as two pages - one original image, and one of the rendered editable text.
Watch a video demo of Google Docs OCR
Go to an earlier post about converting PDFs to editable text
Google Docs OCR supports a number of languages including English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish.
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