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Online OCR: Scan your old printed syllabi to Word…

I’m not sure who offers this free OCR (Optical Character Recognition) service, so user beware. But, if you have an old printed syllabus that you would like to have a digital Word copy of… without having to retype it, you might take a look at this service:

Online OCR (Service)

“…Extract text from image (JPG, JPEG, BMP, TIFF, GIF) and convert into editable Word, Text, Excel, PDF, Html output formats.”

I just had a professor bring me a printed (on paper) syllabus that he wanted converted into Word. *It has been a while, but I’ve never used OCR software that would line up multiple columns of information (from an image into Word).

I used our network printer to scan the individual pages and send them to me as PDF documents via email. I then uploaded each PDF file into the above service and had it output the page as a Word document. When I opened the Word document, almost all of the info was lined up as it was on the printed page, but now it was editable in the Word document.

The service seems to say you can upload multi-page PDFs and it will work just as well as one page at a time. Worth a try!

I have fiddled with many applications and web tools in the last 17 years, but this service really is something special, if you have the need.



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