Optical Character Recognition may not ring a bell too many; the acronym OCR has more chances of doing that, but still manages to raise a few eyebrows. However, there are plenty of users that require character recognition software in order to create editable digital copies of physical documents. The scenario is simple: scan a document and then shove the digital result into an OCR program to detect the characters and make the piece editable.

The success of the entire procedure relies solely in the OCR software’s ability to accurately detect the letters. Professional solutions jam-packed with useful features and extraordinary results are present on the market at substantial costs, of course. However, cheaper alternatives equipped only with a minimum set of tools can be employed for less complicated jobs.

PDF OCR from PDFZilla is no complicated program that comes free of charge. It features only the necessary options. The interface is intuitive enough to allow even the noobest of all noobs to get by without having to ask for directions. Everything is available in plain view and within easy reach. The feature rack comprises navigation buttons that allow you to browse the document page by page or move straight to the first/last one. Additional helpers include zoom options for better viewing of the document (there is also a button that shows the document at actual size). More »

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This is a linux command line reference for common operations (HTML format).

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Linux Reference Card published on FOSSwire website by Jacob. (PDF format)

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A summary of useful Linux command by Squadron. (PDF format)

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The intent of this Quick Reference Guide is to provide a starting point for improving the security of your system, to serve as a pointer to more in-depth security information, and to increase security awareness and methods that can be used to improve security. (PDF format) More »

Learn how to get the most out of Windows Vista Ultimate with this how-to booklet, available as a free PDF download.

When you want to have it all, including the ability to shift smoothly between play and productivity, there is the Windows Vista® Ultimate operating system. This edition of Windows Vista offers an advanced, business-focused infrastructure, mobile productivity, and a premium home digital entertainment experience, all in a single offering.

The following are some simple tips to help you get the most from your computer and Windows Vista Ultimate software. Some of these hints only apply to Windows Vista Ultimate and may not be available in other versions of Windows Vista. More »

Translates pdf documents into html format.Translates pdf files into HTML or XML formats, combined with png images. Supports encrypted pdf files.There is a program called pdftohtml to convert pdf to html file.In ubuntu gutsy this package in bundled with poppler-utils so we need to install this package.

Install poppler-utils in Ubuntu

sudo aptitude install poppler-utils

This will complete the installation

Using pdftohtml

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Windows Vista and Office 2007 are just over the horizon and are probably going to take a significant chunk out of most people is bank balances. If after buying these apps you find yourself a bit short of cash, then you should check out some of the great free software available for Windows.

The Simple Dollar have created a list of 30 Essential Free Programs For Windows. Listed are great programs like Firefox and Thunderbird that many people have heard of. But, did you know that Mozilla also offer Sunbird, which is a free calendaring application? More »