Convert Your Images To Text Online Using Free OCR

Free OCR is a tool that helps you to convert scanned images to text online. You can convert printed text to editable text online with this utility.

How is this useful?

These types of tools are useful in many ways:

  • Free OCR comes in handy when you have pages of text that you’ve scanned or captured with a camera.
  • You will need one less program on your computer since OCR can be done online without any installation.

So, after knowing the importance of the tool, let’s proceed to explore its features.


  • Free OCR accepts almost all common image formats such as JPG, GIF, TIFF and BMP.
  • It also accepts PDF documents. So, it can also act as PDF to Word Converter.
  • There is no hassle of registering. Just upload your image and convert it to text.
  • No Email-ID required. So, no fear of SPAMS.

But, there are some limitations that you should know in this utility.

  • You cannot upload files larger than 2MB.
  • You cannot upload images bigger than 5000 pixels.

However, keeping in mind its good features, those limitations doesn’t matter much. Go ahead and convert your images into text here.

Convert Word, Excel and PowerPoint Files To PDF

PDF (Portable Document Format) is one of the most commonly used formats for files. Usually creating a PDF requires you to have expensive software from Adobe, but thanks to the free tools available online, PDFs can now be easily created and converted without installing any software.

We covered a lot of these tools earlier but another tool that can be added to that list is PDF Generator. PDF Generator is an online, no-nonsense tool that simply lets you convert your .doc, .xls and .ppt files into PDFs. Just upload the file you want to convert and enter your email address. Once the file is converted, you will receive an email with the link to download the file. The file is available for 48 hours after which it will be purged.

The tool would not work if the file is password protected so make sure the documents you upload are unprotected.

Jinni is Now Open to All [Movie Recommendations]

Jinni, called the Pandora of movies moved into public beta earlier last week which means anyone can now sign up and start using it.

Cnet regarded Jinni as “the best recommendation engine on the web. Period.” because, it really is. Thanks to Jinni’s huge movie catalogue, you can search for movies based on Mood, Plot, Genres, Time/Period, Place, Audience, and more.

You feel like watching a cheerful movie – you search for cheerful. You suddenly feel like watching a movie shot in Hawaii there, you have it.

You need not sign up to use the Jinni search. Then why is this open registrations’ a big deal, you ask. Recommendations. You can rate and add to your library, the movies you’ve watched. Just like recommendations, Jinni will provide you with awesome sweet recommendations once you start telling Jinni your movie taste.

The wait is over. Hop on and start gulping-in movies.  Here are the reviews by ReadWriteWeb and ArsTechnica

WorldExplorer: Explore the World Through Flickr Geotagged Images

WorldExplorer is a new and exciting way to explore the world through real users’ public photos. It has a visually rich interface displaying the information as tags on a world map with varying fonts to highlight their importance. It lets you move the map around, zoom in, zoom out, search for a place and check out the tags in various regions on the map.

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When you hover over one of these tags, photos from that location that are tagged with the highlighted tag will show up on the right sidebar. You can click on the photos to enlarge or to view them on Flickr. Some of the tags have an attached list of additional tags that show up on mouse over. These are additional tags that are important at that location. You can hover over a related tag to see the respective photos.

GifSoup: Convert YouTube Videos To GIF Animations

Ever came across a very funny YouTube clip that you wish you could have as your avatar? Well, if you never knew how to accomplish this, you’ll fall in love with GifSoup.

GifSoup is a simple online converter that converts YouTube videos to GIF animations online. You don’t have to download any software or sign-up for any accounts. Simple head over to and enter the URL of the YouTube video you want to convert. GifSoup does have a length restriction of 10 seconds so if the video is larger than that, you will have to specify the part of the video you want to convert.


Once converted, you can preview your GIF animation online and download it to your computer. You can also obtain an HTML code to embed your animation on the web. You can also browse through the public gallery of GIF animations recently created by other users.

Win Free Google Wave Invites

I am sure you would love to get your hands on this novel collaboration tool called Google Wave that has created a humungous hype and is tremendously trending in the intrepid internet. Alliterations aside, we are giving away invites to you, for free (as in gratis). Each Wave account has eight invitations (as you can see in the screenshot) , and the Techie Buzz team is happy to announce that we will be giving away up to twenty free Google Wave invites to Techie Buzz readers pooled in from all the Wave accounts of the Techie Buzz team.Invites

However, as always, there is a catch. You, reader, must leave a comment on this post or any of the other two posts linked to in this one telling us why you would want an invite. The best answers will be nominated for the invite as you can see from the screenie itself that the invites are not sent immediately. The specific words used by the Google Wave team are We have a lot of stamps to lick.

However, we will add the best comments to the invitation list. Do remember to put in your email ID when commenting (not in the body of the comment, but I am sure you knew that!)

As an added benefit, Tweeting any or all these posts might also increase your chances of getting an invite. So grab the opportunity now!

Update: Thanks for the overwhelming response. We have nominated some of the commentators for wave invites, we will be doing so for more of you in the next few days. Happy waving.

Search the Most Popular Flickr Photos Based on Colors

Flickr is an awesome place, whether it’s for photography inspiration, beautiful photos to be included in your projects (thanks to CreativeCommons) or even just to keep yourself entertained. It could be said that the greatest use of Flickr (other than getting to know how beautiful out world is) is that you get stunning photos that can be used in your designs.

This new tool – Multicolr, allows you to search over 10 million “explored” photos on Flickr that are licensed under a CreativeCommons license, by specifying colors.   [“Explored” photos on Flickr means, the photos which were featured specially by the team at Flickr based on the photos’ interestingness].

If you’re designing a greeting card, a brochure or an image to be used in your blog post, you could easily search for very interesting CC-licensed photos from Flickr that could be used in your design. Since you are searching based on colors, the images will always blend with our current design. You can specify up to 10 colors. You may select a single color multiple times, which will increase it’s prominence.

I used the tool to search for images that contain the color of the theme we use here at Techie-Buzz and got this.

To that, added two yellow-orange colors and got this.

Reset all selections and gone for a dark combination and got this.

Pretty impressive ? You bet!

How did they manage this?
“We extracted the colours from 10 million of the most interestingCreative Commons images on Flickr. Using our visual similarity technology you can navigate the collection by colour.”

It’s a great way to use Flickr, which is great in itself. You can easily find awesome, legally available photos that blend with your designs and colors. Above all, it’s just fun to use.

Google Internet Stats: Check Out the Latest Industry Facts and Insights

Google Internet Stats is a web resource which provides you with all the latest industry facts and insights. These facts are collected from various vendors which include BusinessWeek, Coke, Wall Street Journal, Comscore and many more.   It covers a wide range of topics like macro economics, consumer trends, technology, media consumption and media landscape.

It has a simple and easy-to-use interface. You can search the statistics, check out a random statistic and also submit a statistic.

Google Nocs – a Web Enabled Notepad for Saving Text Online

I’m a big fan of the Google online services. I use Gmail, Reader, Blogger, Docs and more. Guess what happened when I spotted a new application that lets me write text files to Google Docs?

When I found Nocs, and saw that it’s free open source software, I had to try it. Here’s what the web page says about it.


A Windows Notepad style application that uses Google Docs for synchronizing text files.

* all the basic functionality of the Windows Notepad
* login with a Google account
* change the Google account on-the-fly
* encrypt your documents
* auto-save after a specified timeout
* find & replace with regular expressions

I downloaded the install file for Nocs. It was a little over 1 MB in size. It’s a standard MSI (Microsoft Installer) file and it installed quickly with no fuss.

On start up, the first thing Nocs did was to prompt me for my Google Docs password. Once that was entered it tossed me into a very drab and basic looking text editor. There are no surprises here. It only has the same basic functions as Windows Notepad.


The real magic happens when you save a file. It quickly adds an entry in a spreadsheet in your Google Docs account. That’s not exactly the same as uploading a text file, but you’ll never know the difference.

How large can the text files be?

Each text file you upload is represented on Google in a two column spreadsheet. Column one contains the name of the text file and column two represents that text that you upload. When I saw the way that it worked, my first question to myself was, “How many characters can it store in each cell in the spreadsheet”. This would actually limit how large your text files can be.

I did a quick search on the net and I found that each cell in a Google Spreadsheet can hold roughly 30,000 characters. I noticed that each character in my text file was represented by about 4 characters in each cell. So, a quick guess would be that you can only send a little over 7500 characters in your text files. Only time will tell if I’m guessing right.

Is Nocs portable?

I copied the Nocs program folder to my thumb drive then uninstalled Nocs from my hard drive. I tried running Nocs from the thumb drive and it seems to work ok. As I said above, only time will tell if this will continue to work for me.


Nocs is another way to stay connected with your data no matter where you are. It’s still in beta testing so you may run into a few bugs. However, I can heartily recommend it. It does what it’s supposed to do and it doesn’t screw up anything else. Next I’m hoping they’ll figure out a way to let two or more people work on the same text file at the same time.

You should be aware that you can also use Microsoft Office with Google Docs and OpenOffice with Google Docs by installing a plugin. That’s actually a better solution, but it’s overkill if you only need to upload plain text like you find in Notepad.

Download Nocs

Visual Vocabulary/Dictionary Learning Service

Back in school our teachers used to ask us to make use of words to create full sentences. Though a difficult task in itself, it definitely helped improve our vocabulary. Now imagine learning new words the same way albeit visually.

WeboWord is a interesting online service that helps you learn word definitions and understand the vocabulary visually.


To make users understand a word they create situational comics that help you in remembering the words better.

Definitely a great way to learn English definitions as the visuals are pretty good and leave a lasting effect.

What do you think? Will this help you learn the English vocabulary better?

Visit WeboWord