OCR document converter


The Optical Character Recognition (OCR) document converter service automatically converts individual image-based PDFs and images into text-based electronic documents. The conversion process turns inaccessible scanned images into searchable and more accessible documents.

You will receive both a text-based pdf and a word processing document from the convertdoc service. You can edit the second document and save it as a fully accessible .pdf 

OCR conversion is done using ABBYY Recognition Server

Please be aware:

  • None of these options are secure enough for confidential information, especially FERPA and HIPPA data.  Use them appropriately.
  • You should use these options for image-based PDFs.  Word documents should not be run through the ABBYY process - especially those with accessibility features.

How to request

Send an email message to convertdoc@umontana.edu from a University of Montana email account with the document you want converted attached. You should receive a return email with your converted documents attached within several minutes. 

Alternatively departments may request a departmental OCR folder. OCR folders are provided for your convenience when converting groups of documents and larger documents from image-based documents to text-based documents.  They function as drives on your computer (as seen below) where image-based documents can be dropped in the ocr_umprocessed folder and retrieved several minutes later as text-based documents.  

folder containing an ocr_completed and ocr_unprocessed folder as a  

How to give us feedback

Fill out the opinion form or contact Janet Sedgley at 243-5452. 




The document conversion service is available to all UM students and employees. You must use a UM email address to access the service.




 IT Central Help Desk at 243-4357 or visit Social Sciences 120, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility policy

Primary owner

Accessible Technology Services