How to Copy Text from Image Files using JOCR

Have you ever wished if you could copy the text parts from an image to use that in your text documents? Did you ever assume that it was almost impossible to do and hence it took you painful hours of work to toggle between an image viewer and your word document to do it manually? Well, thankfully there is a tool that will do it for you in a matter of just few mouse clicks! Instead of typing the text manually by referring to the image or protected webpage, now with this simple yet powerful software called JOCR, you can copy text from any image files or protected webpage.

JOCR achieves this seemingly impossible job by utilizing OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technology and turns image characters into useful user readable text. JOCR lets you extract or copy text from any image ( image to text / OCR reader) to windows clipboard and then to notepad. So technically JOCR can be compared with any available Optical Character Recognition software and if you ask me it is much more acurate than some of it’s best competitors.

How to Copy Text from Image Files using JOCR

My day job sometimes requires me to copy text from an error message and I always wished if I had such an application to make my job easier. I can also think of situations where this tool can come in handy while blogging. e.g. While writing the recent post – AVG Antivirus 9.0 Search Shield Blocking Google Cached Pages as Active Threats I had really wished if I had a tool to capture and textify the message in that error box (you’ll have to take a look at that post to figure out what I’m trying to say here).

JOCR is a freeware application that enables you to capture the image on the screen and convert the captured image to text. It is also useful to revive protected files whose text can not be copied. JOCR enables you to copy text from any files and images on the screen such as protected Web pages, PDF files, error messages etc. The program offers several capture modes as well. The only thing you cannot do is point out section of image and copy word from that. But still it will workout for many people who were looking for a free OCR software and as an alternative to expensive OCR software available in the market.

The minimum pre-requisite of JOCR is Microsoft Office 2003 or higher version, and you must have Microsoft Office Document Imaging (MODI) installed in order for it to work correctly.

As of now JOCR supports , Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese,  Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish. Find more about JOCR and Download from here. Let us hear what you think about this little yet powerful image to text converter.


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