One of my colleagues (Meghan Dowell - thank you!) shared this site with me. I haven't had much time to try it out, but it looks very promising. It appears to be free (they do accept donations) and the site supports drag-and-drop. Click the conversion type you desire and then drag and drop the file into the designated area.
OCR (optical character recognition) is a complex and inexact process. I covered some of this in a previous post. The video below is a deeper dive into the processing and math (just a touch) behind how OCR processing happens.
Because of the complexity of this process it is important to begin with the best quality original scan possible. Some scan settings to keep in mind: Color - This should be set to Grayscale. The grayscale setting helps to gather as much detail as possible from the original without making the file size too large.Resolution (DPI) - This should be set to 300 dpi. This is the minimum resolution recommended for OCR.Format - The file format should be PDF.
One recent request I have received is a way to take information submitted into a Google Form and then create a document (Google doc or otherwise) with that information. After some searching I found the Autocrat add-on.
This add-on functions like a mail merge, but with a few more features. You can install it on any Google sheet, including a form response sheet. This allows you to create either a Google document or PDF from the form submissions. The add-on requires that you create a template document with embedded merge tags. These are easily created by closing text between double chevrons, like so, "<<your_tag>>" The template and merge tags may be formatted however you like.
Autocrat allows you to set up conditional merging, meaning you can create two (or possibly more) different templates and Autocrat will use the conditions you set up to choose which template is used to create the merged document.
I can see many applications for this add-on. Aside from those su…