Google improves Docs PDF search

The new functionality is based on OCR technology

Users of the Google Docs office productivity suite will be able to do full-text searches within more documents in PDF format, expanding on a recent improvement to the suite's PDF search capabilities.

In February, Google added a feature to Docs that lets users search for text inside PDFs in their documents list, thanks to optical character recognition technology. That has been extended so that users can now search for and copy highlighted text when they open a scanned PDF, such as a fax or a receipt.

Google has also upgraded Docs' Comments feature, making it easier for users to see a log of all comments made on their files, whether they are drawings, word processing documents or presentations, Google said in a blog post.

"Just click on the 'Comments' button in the upper right corner of the editor to see a complete history of your discussions. You can reply in line, resolve or re-open comments, link directly to a comment, or change notification settings -- without ever leaving the 'Comments' menu," the post reads.

Docs, a cloud-hosted suite that lets users create word processing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms, drawings and tables, is available free as part of individual Google accounts. It is also part of the broader Google Apps collaboration and communication suite, which comes in free and fee-based versions.

Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.

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