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Online OCR recommendations?

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I've been using http://www.abbyyonline.com/  to scan PDF files into Word documents but recently I've had a document it couldn't convert.

Can anyone recommend a site they use for online OCR scanning?
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Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016 earned 2000 total points
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Here are some free OCR tools for you to consider and experiment with:

(1) Tesseract OCR Engine, an open source product now maintained by Google: http://code.google.com/p/tesseract-ocr/

It has numerous add-ons: http://code.google.com/p/tesseract-ocr/wiki/AddOns

(2) FreeOCR, which uses a compiled version of the Tesseract engine: http://www.paperfile.net/

(3) GOCR/JOCR, an open source OCR package developed under the GNU Public License: http://jocr.sourceforge.net/

(4) OCR Desktop, which is not open source, but is free for personal use (needs to be registered in order to turn off popups and advertising): http://www.ocrtools.com/fi/prdOCRFree.aspx

(5) SimpleOCR, which is not open source, but is free, with both an end-user version and a royalty-free SDK: http://www.simpleocr.com/ http://www.simpleocr.com/Info.asp

(6) Boxoft Free OCR (I use several Boxoft free tools): http://www.boxoft.com/free-ocr/

(7) Google Drive/Docs has an option to perform OCR on uploaded files, but the resulting PDF doesn't hide the text layer, so the files look ugly.

Regards, Joe
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That's brilliant - thank you so much
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You're very welcome. Glad to help. Regards, Joe
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