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[6 Nov 2008 | One Comment | ]
Google adds searching of image-based PDF files for free

In what I’d consider to be one of the most exciting non-election related developments in recent times — CIO Today reports that Google is in the process of applying OCR technology to its indexing of PDF files. This is a massive boon — allowing any image-based PDF file (usually scanned documents, books and faxes) to be returned in search results.

Evin Levey, a Google product manager says — “This is a small but important step forward in our mission of making all the world’s information accessible and useful”.