OCR is super powerful now — and free

I found a printout of a webpage that is long since gone (and not archived at https://www.archive.org — that would have been too easy).

So what to do? Scan it in and use Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software.

Um, but I don’t have any software like that and I’d rather not buy any.

A quick search online and I came across this site:


It’s fast, it’s free, it’s very accurate, and it’s pretty willing to handle text that was scanned at a slight angle.
Just upload your scan of the page and it spits back the text.
Great resource! The only issue might be that it only takes one image (thus one page) at a time.
Oh, and it didn’t know how to handle smiley’s ๐Ÿ™‚

If that doesn’t work for some reason, this site was a runner-up.


If you’re looking for software to run on your computer, this page has some reviews of your various options – though I’d rather use a web service than stick more software on my already unstable Windows computer.