OCR of PDF Files Now Possible
Scanned documents are usually converted into PDF (Portable Document Format) files. This is because PDF files do not allow users to edit the information in it and are hence very safe to publish on the World Wide Web. But there is a drawback faced by PDF file users that it does not allow extraction of text from it. However, this problem does not persist anymore as users can now OCR PDF files. OCR or Optical Character Recognition software is basically used to convert scanned images of documents into text format i.e. word documents, HTML documents, excel spreadsheets, etc. But PDF OCR recognizes text from PDF files and allows its usage. In short it creates searchable PDF files.
Searchable PDF Files
Searchable PDF files are those which allow certain text to be searched for within the contents of the PDF file and also the text can be copied and pasted elsewhere. This form of PDF files is made possible with PDF OCR software manufactured by various expert software designers. The software can OCR many PDF files almost instantaneously with utmost accuracy. It is able to perform OCR on PDF files whose contents are the direct image file of a scanned document. Although the text in the image format has not been converted, PDF OCR can perform this function. Apart from these exclusive functions PDF OCR software performs the same functions as any other OCR software i.e. recognizing text in different languages other than English, in all fonts, even handwritten text, identifying text in columns, boxes, etc.
Exclusive Software Necessary for PDF OCR
OCR of PDF files can be done by acquiring the software designed especially for it. While choosing the software, the one which delivers quality performance should be chosen. To ensure yourself of the efficiency of the OCR software, a trial version can be downloaded, used for sometime and then it can be decided whether to purchase it fully or not. The full software in its latest version can be bought from software related websites. On the other hand, there are a few websites that allow free download of the software, but the availability of the latest version is not guaranteed.