Convert PDF & Image Text to Notepad Format

Text in PDF or photos is by default just for user eyes to read and not for editing or indexing. However, this situation is changed and now it is possible to convert text in PDF file to plain content using free tools. This tutorial explains how to convert words written on PDF document and image to plain text. I use free OCR tools to perform this conversion. Full form of OCR is Optical Character Recognition and this technology is used to identify image text and convert it to machine encoded text. There are many OCR services available and some handpicked services are introduced in this guide.


Convert Image to Text

Here I take the screenshot of "about me" page of CoreNetworkZ.com and try to take words in the screenshot to real words automatically. I have saved the screenshot in different formats like JPEG, GIF,bmp, TIFF and PNG. The sample document is uploaded to Free OCR services.
CoreNetworkZ

I have the same document saved in different formats and each one is shown exactly as after the conversion.

  1. Result : Convert bmp image to plain text

    Check the result and I must say the result would be better if I used a picture with higher quality.
    bmp

    Though this tool failed to convert with 100 percent accuracy, it has satisfactory output.

  2. Convert JPEG to real words

    This time I have uploaded a JPEG file to this free OCR service. Look at the output.
    jpeg


  3. Converting GIF to Plain Content
    For some unknown reasons I have failed to get a converted file. I tried 3 times with this gif version but it didn't work.
    changed


  4. Convert PNG File

    After running PNG file on this free OCR tool, I received following output.
    PDF to Notepad


  5. Convert TIF file


    This time, I have run the file in TIF format using this service. See the notepad version of the output.


The tool I have used for above experiment is: http://www.free-ocr.com/


Convert PDF Text to Notepad Content

Now let us check how to copy the sentences displayed in a PDF file to notepad. Here I am using  http://www.ocrconvert.com/ to perform this task. Just like the previous tool, this one too a free online service. Steps to extract content from PDF version to notepad are given below.
  1. Visit http://www.ocrconvert.com/

  2. Click on browse button to upload PDF file
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  3. Conversion starts once we click Process button
    test

though these tools are helpful, some data entry job centers prefer not to use them because of the high percentage of error while copying letters from PDF files. So until a high accuracy program is developed, they need work force to complete data entry works.

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I have been using Tor Proxy to browse anonymously for more than two years and I am happy with its performance. I believe this product is worth to be promoted because it is free and hassle free. Before choosing it, I tried different similar products and finally I picked it as my favorite proxy software. It is more than enough to protect your anonymity and not very slow compared to other free tools. If you experience any speed difference in browsing through Tor proxy and non-proxy browse, it is negligible because even paid tools shows reduction in browsing speed. This article is my review about Tor Proxy with Browser Bundle.

Requirements

Before installing the best free proxy software on your computer, you must check the minimum requirements. You should make sure the OS version you are using is supported. You need Firefox browser and with Tor button extension you can toggle the status of Tor Proxy to either on or off. Once the status is on, your browser starts browse anonymously by using IP addresses from different geographical locations. To avoid detection, it will automatically refresh the current IP address and makes it difficult to trace. It follows the concepts of second generation of onion routing while doing it. When the status is off, browser will work normally by using your real IP address.


Known Issues with the Tor Proxy
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  2. Java

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You can report any bugs or issues with this tool while browsing anonymously using the link given below.
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How to Hide Hard Disk Drive in Windows OS

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Scenario 1. Websites like Google, Yahoo etc are not Loading in Browser

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PS: This should be your first troubleshooting step when you are facing issues with accessing Internet.

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Set Latest Blog Post Title As FeedBurner email Headline

I have enabled email subscriptions (powered by FeedBurner) for CoreNetworkZ.com few weeks ago. Though I have configured it, I didn't check it personally and was unaware of its looks in readers point of view. Yesterday only I checked it and found several issues with the default configuration. At first I checked the feeds send from feedburner to reader's email account. Heading of every emails send by them is "Internet Technology Blog". It is the title of CoreNetworkZ.com and I want to set the blog post title instead of my blog title for each mail. I doubt most of the readers may find them as duplicate posts and may not open. I decide to check whether there any method to set  post headline as the title of the emails send. There is a special setting to set post headline as the heading for FeedBurner subscription mails under settings in FeedBurner account. Steps are simple and you do not need high technical know how to do it by yourself.

How to set FeedBurner email subscription heading as blog post Title

As I explained before, it is not very hard to change the default settings to enable this feature. All you have to do is to follow the step by step instructions written below.
  1. Login to your FeedBurner account

  2. Click on Feed Title

  3. Now click on Publicize on the top tabs


  4. Now click on email branding from left menu


  5. Now we will come to the page where we can brand our email.


  6. Here email subject/Title is my blog's title instead of an option to set my blog post headline.

In order to set post heading as the subject of FeedBurner email, you should type ${latestItemTitle} on the Email Subject/Title and click on Save button at the bottom of the page. Now onwards FeedBurner will send email your latest blog post with the headline of that post instead of your blog headline.


It is not good to send electronic mails with the fixed headline to readers who are subscribed for our site updates. Every mails must be customized with different heading and content. If readers not find the messages attractive, they might unsubscribe.

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