Convert Scanned PDF to TXT


We’re excited to announce that you can convert scanned PDFs to TXT.

We’ve been asked to support this feature since we launched in 2006 and have been working away to find a way to support this. It’s arguably one of our most complex conversions but it’s also one of our most exciting.

How does it work?

It works using OCR (Optical Character Recognition) which is a technology that is used to recognise text within images such as photos or scanned PDFs.

Fortunately, you don’t need to worry about the inner workings of how we convert your files! You simply have to scan your document, save it as a PDF, upload to Zamzar and hit convert to “TXT” and we do all of work for you in the background!

Why is it useful?

How often have you had something physical that you want to upload and then edit in some way but instead have had to type out all that content onto your computer instead? A user can scan any hard copy document and then convert that to a soft copy document which they can then edit on their computer without having to type anything out. Users of our software can now search for content by simply using the ‘find‘ feature on their PC rather than having to read and go through scores of documents.

Historic documents that were often lost because they’d rely on somebody physically storing them in a safe place can now be digitised and kept forever. For example, you may have seen Who Do You Think They Are? A popular show in the U.S and U.K. where a person’s ancestry is investigated. The documents that aid that process include birth and death certificates and original press clippings from years ago – all documents that are physical in nature. Unless these are stored safely they’ll eventually be lost forever. Instead, what happens now, is these documents are scanned and converted so that they are digitised which allows anyone to track their own ancestry. More widely, it allows our history to be preserved for future generations.

There’s many more use-cases and we know that our customers have long wanted to see this feature added and it’s something we are really excited to now offer. Whilst we are only supporting PDF to TXT for now, we’ll be extending this to other document formats and hope to support image formats as well.

Happy Converting!

The Zamzar Team

References: Ranjithsiji [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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