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Sep302009

Google Docs OCR and Document Translation features

Google Docs API released two experimental features: First, lets you perform OCR (optical character recognition) on an image. You can upload (demo) a high-resolution JPG, GIF, or PNG image (less than 10 MB) and Google Docs extracts the text and converts it into a new document. Google mentions that “the operation can currently take up to 40 seconds”. Second, Google’ve integrated Google Translate into the API. As a result, you can translate a document during upload. Simply add the targetLanguage and sourceLanguage parameters to your upload request: POST /feeds/default/private/full/?targetLanguage=de&sourceLanguage=en HTTP/1.1

 and here’s the result of OCR for scanned document:

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