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[Web] Extract text from images using i2OCR, recognizes over 60 languages

i2OCR [1]Instead of manually transcribing images into digital documents, you can just opt to use a reliable OCR program that could accurately extract the texts out of your images. Of course, there are lot of good OCR tools that you can download and install for free but why go through the hassle of downloading and installing a software when you can just load the tool directly on your web browser? One good example of this is i2OCR, a free web app that extracts text from images.

What is it and what does it do

Main Functionality

If you are wondering what i2OCR actually does, it is basically a web application that is designed to extract text out of your scanned documents and images. This could be a scanned image of your sales receipt, contract, affidavit, bank statement, manual, booklet, etc. You could even convert the text from your screenshots and photographs into a Word document or PDF.

With i2OCR, you do not need to download and install anything. It can be loaded directly on your web browser. It also doesn’t matter if you are using Chrome, Opera or Firefox. All you need to do is to go to the web app’s official webpage and then you upload the image that you want to convert, select your preferred language and then click the “Extract Text” button. Wait for a few minutes and voila! You can instantly view the texts that were extracted from the image that you uploaded. Furthermore, you can download the extracted text as a text file (.txt), Word document (.doc), html file (.html) or PDF.

Pros

Cons

Discussion

i2OCR language support [2]Unlike any other web applications, i2OCR won’t require you to register for a free account before you can gain access to its tools and options. As a matter of fact, all you need to do is to follow the three easy steps for extracting text out of your screenshots and scanned images. No need to log-in.

One of the best features of this web app is the fact that it can recognize more than sixty languages which includes Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Korean, Hindi, Japanese and Arabic. This is really great because most of the free online OCR tools that I’ve tried do not support these languages. Furthermore, i2OCR is pretty accurate. There may be times when it fails to get the correct text but in most cases, it gets to transcribe the texts without any mistake or error.

What I also like about this app is that it supports multiple file formats and you can also download the extracted text as a text file, html file, PDF file or Word document. Thus, you have a lot of choices. This option will also make it easier for you to organize and share your files to your recipients.

It’s just that no matter how good this web app is especially when it comes to its features, it still has a couple of limitations such as the fact that it doesn’t support multiple image uploads. It also limits its input image size to 10MB plus it cannot recognize handwritten text. It also won’t preserve the uploaded image file’s original format so you will need to reformat the text accordingly.

Conclusion and download link

All in all, i1OCR is not bad… not bad at all. I particularly like how i2OCR supports many languages, input formats, and output formats. If you are looking for free OCR, I highly recommend that you try i2OCR.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: N/A

Requires: Works on all modern browsers (Google Chrome, IE, Firefox, Opera, Safari, etc.) on any desktop operating system (Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac OS X, Linux, etc.)

i2OCR Free Online OCR homepage [3]