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PDF is the frequently used format in our daily life. Sometimes, we want to save the text on a PDF file, but we cannot copy or extract from the file. In this essay, we will talk about how to convert the scanned PDF to text.

how to convert the scanned pdf to text

Part 1: Difference between Scanned PDF and Digital PDF

The scanned PDF is scanned through the scanner, and saved as image. It cannot be enlarged too much. Otherwise, the scanned file turns to vague.
The digital PDF can be copied and enlarged a lot. The file is still clear.
If you want to convert the scanned PDF to text, you should use the OCR technology to process the PDF file. Next, we introduce the OCR-shipped PDF converter, Renee PDF Aide, and show you how to use the software.

Part 2: How to Convert Scanned PDF to Text with Renee PDF Aide?

1. What is Renee PDF Aide?

Renee PDF Aide is the software that supports to edit PDF and convert PDF. With utilization of the advanced OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technology, it can convert PDF to Word/Excel/PowerPoint/Image/HTML/TXT and the other common formats. You can designate the specific pages to be converted at the speed of 80 pages/min. Besides, it can repair the damaged PDF files, compress PDF files to shorten the loading time, merge several files into one and rotate the file position. En/decryption and watermark are allowed to add for PDF files, too.
What’s more, Renee PDF Aide supports English/French/German/Spanish/Portuguese/Chinese/Korean/Japanese. Under the mode of OCR, it can greatly improve the accuracy of character recognition. Even though you are a new user, you can use this software easily.
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2. How to Use Renee PDF Aide?

Renee PDF Aide can convert PDF to the other formats, such as Word/ Excel/ PowerPoint/ Image/ HTML/ TXT. In the followings, we will talk about how to convert the scanned PDF to text with Renee PDF Aide.
Step 1: Download and install Renee PDF Aide. Open the software and get into [Convert PDF].
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Step 2: Select one of the output formats at the top menu. For example, select [Text] in this case. Then, click on [Add Files] to select the target PDF file. Check the option [Enable OCR (Slower)] to improve the character recognition.
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About the OCR function:
The OCR function can improve text recognition in two ways:
A. Recognize words on image and PDF. You can use this function to improve text recognition when you are going to convert the image-based PDF and the scanned PDF.
B. Recognize the font style to avoid garbled codes when there are different embedded font styles on the PDF file.
Step 3: Finally, select the storage folder and click on [Convert] to convert the scanned PDF to text.
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TipsIf the PDF file is too large, you can use Renee PDF Aide to compress the file. Besides, you can use the software to repair, split, merge, rotate and en/decrypt PDF, add watermark onto PDF and convert image to PDF. It supports batch processing for all operations

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Instruction of each tool:

  • Repair: Fix the broken PDF file or the file that cannot be opened
  • Optimize: Compress large PDF file
  • Split: Split a PDF file into small files
  • Merge: Merge several PDF files into one, or merge the selected pages
  • Rotate: Adjust a PDF file at different angles
  • En/Decrypt: Lock and unlock PDF files
  • Watermark: Add overlay watermark or background to PDF files
  • Image→PDF: Convert one or more images into PDF file(s)

Part 3: Recommendations of OCR PDF Software

1. Soda PDF

Soda PDF is the free OCR PDF tool which can convert the scanned PDF to the editable format, such as text, Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Besides, it supports to convert files in batch. You can use the software to edit text and image and add remarks, digital signature and passcode. It supports file share to Dropbox, Evernote and Google Drive.
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2. Google Docs

We can also use Google Docs to convert the scanned PDF to text. It is the online service. But its recognition result is not as precise as that of the OCR PDF software.
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Part 4: Conclusions

In this essay, we’ve talked about how to convert the scanned PDF to text. Compared with Soda PDF, Renee PDF Aide and Google Docs is clearer and more friendly to users. But since Renee PDF Aide supports English/French/German/Spanish/Portuguese/Chinese/Korean/Japanese, it can recognize characters much precisely than Google Docs does.
Soda PDF provides many editing tools, but its interface is complicated. Therefore, it is suitable for those who are familiar with processing PDF files.