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FREE OCR software: a survey of desktop and online tools

Printing text to paper is done every day; on some occasions however the reverse is needed – getting the original text back from a scanned image or photograph, for further editing and use. This conversion is named Optical Character Recognition or OCR for short, and it can convert scanned books and documents into editable text,


Mount disk images as writable disks with OSFMount

OSFMount from Passmark Software is a free disk image mounting software with some nice features that distinguish it from similar programs; specifically, OSFMount can mount image files as WRITABLE disks, and also allows to create virtual drives in memory. Mounting means using a file as a virtual disk in My Computer. There are several utilities


KumoSync: Sync Google Documents with your Desktop

KumoSync is a free program that keeps Your local files and Google Documents in sync. This can serve to back up your local documents in Google cloud storage and prevent data loss in case of hardware failure, to make editing files on Google Documents easier, right on your desktop, and to make files on Google


Manage your online files from multiple cloud services in a single place with Joukuu Lite

Joukuu is software that helps to access and manage online storage. Through Joukuu (which is Japanese for ‘cloud’) you can manage your files in Google Docs, Dropbox and from a single place, just as if your files were on the desktop. There are several online storage providers available that they offer free online disk


Far Manager: powerful, old-school file and archive manager

Orthodox file managers are back with a vengeance! This was my first thought when I saw the screenshots of Far Manager. 90% pure interface of Norton Commander from the eighties/nineties of the last century. But despite the freaky look Far Manager is one of the best free Windows file managers. Running Far Manager – file and


The best freeware virtual PDF printer: a comparison

PDF Virtual printers are a convenient way of creating PDF files. These programs can save any kind of printable document as a PDF file; all you need to do is to select ‘print’ from your favorite program, then select the virtual PDF printer and get a PDF file. There are many excellent free virtual printers.


The best freeware file manager: a comparative analysis

File management in Windows (browsing, viewing, copying, deleting files etc) is an area where Windows Explorer is not sufficient for many people. Explorer lacks several functions such as a tabbed interface and multiple panes for organizing files easily, quick file viewing, sorting folders by folder size, enhanced archive management, multiple file renaming, to name a