Back in June, Google introduced the ability to upload documents into Google Docs using Optical Character Recognition. Gooegle today added support for 29 additional character sets, including those used in most European languages, Russian, Chinese Simplified and some other Asian languages. See the upload page for the full list.
How does it work? When uploading your images and PDF files using Google Docs, tell us what language your documents are in:
Hit upload, and Google will use this information to search for the right characters in your file. As usual, you'll get best results with sharp, high-resolution images or PDF files.
This update will also result in an improvement in OCR quality for languages that Google supported previously (English, French, Italian, German, Spanish).
Google also made improvements to the way they import formatting from your documents, and are now doing a better job in preserving font and alignment information.