Do you need to copy text from a PDF file that's in image format? There are several free online PDF converters that can convert any PDF to word.
Why do you need to convert PDF to word? Let's look into this real life scenario. You are short of time for filing a report, and suddenly you get a scanned copy of a letter that you need to include in your document. Had it been a PDF created from digital text file, it would have been possible to copy it using the text selection tool, but it's not possible to do so with a PDF or image file created by scanning a physical document. (Most archived books on Google Books are also scanned images.) Using a free PDF to word converter tool, one can save time and effort which otherwise would have been required for typing the text.
How to convert PDF to text?1. Upload the PDF file on the PDF converter tool website.
2. Give any disposable mail address (you can use GuerrillaMail for creating free disposable email address) if required
2. Copy the processed text and paste it where required.
If you have to convert a multi-page PDF instantly, create separate image files of each page (use full screen option and zoom feature to fit the entire page in the screen) using "Print Screen" key and paste it in an empty PhotoShop, GIMP or Paint file. Save the image as JPEG or PNG or BMP. Use these images with Online OCR or Free OCR to get the text.
Online OCR: It can convert only the first page of any PDF to word, but you will get the result instantly.
Free OCR: Free OCR is an online optical character recognition tool that can extract only the first page of a PDF document, but the results are instant. However, it can be annoying if you don't want the line breaks to be the same as in the original file.
Zamzar: Zamzar is free tool for converting several files into different formats, including PDF to word files. It requires an email id where the link to the converted text will be sent. It might take some time before you get your text.
PDF to Word: It will convert PDF to text in Word document or Rich Text Format (RTF). No other image formats are supported. It requires an email id, where the text document is mailed after the process is over. May take some time.
PDF2Word Online: Convert PDF2Word Online doesn't require you to give any email id. Just upload the PDF file and wait for a link to the text file.
New OCR: New OCR supports several image formats as well as multi-page PDF documents. Upload the PDF file and then get page-wise results. It supports multiple languages.