A Free Tool http://www.onlineocr.net/

17 07 2013

I hate retyping things I’ve typed before. I have many, many notebooks from my Preaching School and College days. I have even more hand typed sermons I’ve written over the years. I’d love to have them search ready in my Evernote or Google Drive.

So, lately I’ve been scanning notebooks into PDF format. I then upload them to a free service that recognizes the text for free or very low cost if you are scanning mountains of text. It can cost as low as 4 pennies per sheet if you buy enough credits.

I’ve found the service is accurate most of the time. Some of the older papers have stains and such that interfere so I might have to go back in fix a few words here and there before saving the document in Word Format.

Now all those notes and old sermons are ready to be manipulated, copied, pasted and tweeked into useable text for use again. And most of it done with just a mouse and very little typing again.

http://www.onlineocr.net/ will give you several pages of free scans delivered to your mailbox or downloadable upon completion. This is a great tool for those of us who have little if any secretary support. Give it a try.





Two Big Helps For Ministry

29 05 2012

There are two handy apps that have helped my prayer life and devotional times. I hate lugging things around. The fewer things I have to carry the happier I am. I also find that my mind is getting less able to remember all those things and people I need to pray about.

I really love Evernote for making prayer lists. I can have them with me anytime I have my iPhone or iPad. It makes it easy to update the list when someone asks for prayer. I can share those lists via email or a shared folder online. It’s great to have a place for all our elders and deacons to be able to upload information on answers and visits made.

My old large print Bible weighs a few pounds and takes up a lot of room in my backpack/briefcase. Now it is only as large as my iPhone or iPad that I carry almost everywhere. If I am waiting for my wife to finish shopping or sitting in the waiting room at the hospital I can always have my Bible to read. Sometimes I’ll think of a passage but can’t recall where it is found. YouVersion is snappy in its search features.

If you are like me and need access to your Bible always and take notes about your readings or prepare devotional thoughts do yourself a favor and use these two free tools.