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Converting a scanned PDF to OCR pdf


Vivie Sinou
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How can I get a scanned pdf converted to an OCR pdf? Obviously, I am working from home and use my own computers. I searched online for free OCR software, well that was almost laughable as there were absolutely none.

Yesterday, a colleague mentioned faculty can get Adobe Pro or Adobe Cloud free or cheaper.

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Yeah, the free OCR apps are not that good or accurate.  We do get the Adobe Cloud for free.  I think IT should be able to help you.

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I was able to open scanned Word doc in Acrobat and then save it as a PDF.  Then I opened it in Word and bingo!! I had the text perfectly in Word.

I will say my image was a super clean screenshot on my iMac so your mileage may vary, but it's possible using what we have.  I'm off for a bit, but I need to play around a bit more.  Looks promising - maybe!!

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Try this site out - Online2PDF

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Awesome! Thanks. My iphone scanned text pages are pretty sad. I'll try better scans with my printer and then use the online2pdf site.

Best,

Angie Vana

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@Angie Vana. I was curious how well it worked with a page scanned from a book.  The accuracy for me was amazing.  The margins were funky, but I just selected all of the text and cleared the formatting.  There were a few errors.  Pretty cool!

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One more way as mentioned in my previous post.  I'm assuming this is possible on a Windows machine.  This turns out to be pretty easy and there are a couple of ways to do it.  It's not perfect, but my experience was positive.

 

 

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