Maybe some people are confused to two different products of VeryPDF, PDF to Word Converter and PDF to Word OCR Converter. The two have two similar names. Now let us see the two applications for details and understand their difference.
You see that one different point is the name. The first productConverter’s name does not contain an “OCR”. So the largest difference between the two applications must be something about OCR. Yes, that is correct. OCR Converter uses a technology named Optical Character Recognition (OCR).
Now, what is OCR? OCR is electronic conversion of scanned characters, handwritten or printed documents to machine (computer) recognizable text. This technology is quietly useful for archiving books and documents created before the digital time. An application powered by an OCR engine can recognize most characters in ordinary shapes and save them into machined encoded text. Currently, an OCR engine is always able to learn by itself, which is called machine learning. A machine learning OCR application is probably cable to recognize those characters in unordinary shapes, for example, rarely seen fonts or even handwritten types.
Though, OCR tech is currently not perfect, as a successful artificial intelligence achievement, it has quietly affected our life. Taking an application named Google Goggles which is an smart mobile application developed by Google as an example, Goggles can not only search the photo taken from your phone camera, but also can recognize the characters and barcodes from your phone camera. So you can always search anything you see on Google with your smart phone.
So, OCR tech is awesome. Now let us come back to the topic, the largest difference between PDF to Word Converter and PDF to Word OCR Converter. Just as the names imply, the latter is more powerful than the former because it has an OCR engine. Now come to see what PDF to Word Converter can do for us.
The following snapshot is from an image PDF whose text in it is unable to be selected and copied. So, if you want to edit or grab the text in the PDF, what will you do? Yes, use PDF to Word OCR Converter.
You can download PDF to Word OCR Converter from its page http://www.verypdf.com/pdf-to-word-ocr/index.html or directly from this link: http://www.verypdf.com/dl.php?file=verypdf2wordocr.exe . Then install and run it. You will see its main interface as displayed in the next screen snapshot. Drag the PDF mentioned above from your Windows Explorer window and drop it to the interface, choose OCR PDF file (Language: English) in Output Options in the interface, and then press the button Convert leaving other options as their default values.
Now you will see that your image PDF with un-selectable text now is converted to editable Word. You can see that in the last snapshot that shows that the Word document is opened and editable. You see that PDF to Word OCR Converter has grabbed the text to the created Word document even with the original layouts.
For PDF to Word Converter, it can only convert PDF with machine recognizable text to Word correctly. You can download the two from VeryPDF or from their webpages http://www.verypdf.com/app/pdf-to-word/index.html and http://www.verypdf.com/pdf-to-word-ocr/index.html, respectively, for free trial.