New: Create Searchable PDFs

New: Create Searchable PDFs

We worked for months on it, and now it is available: Make searchable PDFs from scans and images for free with our Online OCR form and the OCR API.

This works with PDFs with images inside (such as the ones you get from scanning documents) but also works with images (jpeg/png/gif). The image is converted to a searchable PDF that you can download.

Try it here and select the “Create visible text layer” option. This way you can easily see the text layer that gets added during the conversion.

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Free Online OCR learns new languages: Arabic OCR and more

Free Online OCR learns new languages: Arabic OCR and more

Today’s Online OCR and tomorrows upcoming OCR API update adds four new languages to our service, and improves the recognition for all other languages:

New languages:

  • Arabic OCR (“ara”)
  • Bulgarian OCR (“bul”)
  • Croatian OCR (“hrv”)
  • Slovenian OCR (“slv”)

All languages: Improved character recognition

Release dates:

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The WOT (Web of Trust) extension logs your web browsing, report identifies top politicians' private details in the data.

The WOT (Web of Trust) extension logs your web browsing, report identifies top politicians' private details in the data.

WOT data was used to identify personal browsing habits 

The German Public TV station “Norddeutscher Rundfunk” reports that they were offered data that includes the surfing habits of three million German citizens.  It seems this data was, at least partly, collected by the “Web of trust” (WOT) browser extensions.  This is as bad as it sounds. The TV station was able to use this data to identify the browsing habits of individual persons – including high-ranking German and EU politicians.

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OCR API gets Base64 Support

New: Send images as Base64-string

The November Free OCR API update adds two often requested features:

  • Easier authentication via request header

  • Base 64 support for sending images

The API url and format has not changed. Also, we still support the old authentication methods. So, unless you decide to make use of the new features, this upgrade will be 100% transparent to you.

In more details:

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