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Copy Text from Images

I had previously written about copying text from images. That method required a bit of work. Here's a website that does the same, but with lot less effort.

Free OCR provides a really easy way to get text from an image. Just upload your image and the website extracts the text portions from the image. The extracted text can be copied. It did a decent job when I tested it; about 80-85% of the text was correctly extracted.

Free OCR has a few limitations though-
It only accepts PDF, JPG, GIF, TIFF and BMP files. You cannot use it for files greater than 2 MB in size. Images cannot be wider or higher than 5000 pixels. A limit of 10 images per hour also applies.

Off course, as the name suggests, its free!

posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Wednesday, June 24, 2009