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Author Topic: Any good free OCR software?  (Read 6879 times)

kartal

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Any good free OCR software?
« on: November 11, 2008, 02:07:28 PM »
I need an OCR tool that is free. Sorry I have no budget for softwares nowadays. I tried Jocr but it is no good for me. Any more alternatives that DC users use daily?


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Re: Any good free OCR software?
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2008, 03:20:31 PM »
You could try Topocr from http://www.topocr.com/
Sometimes it's worked really well for me, at others, it's been, well, passe.

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Re: Any good free OCR software?
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2008, 05:03:30 PM »
I've used SimpleOCR in the past. It does okay. All I needed was a text output for a client from a 2nd-generation photocopy. The periods came out as degree symbols ;D

I've heard good things about Softi FreeOCR which uses the Tesseract OCR engine that Google took over development from HP.

Here's a list of some others:
http://www.ilixis.co...recog_shareware.html

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Re: Any good free OCR software?
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2008, 08:03:02 PM »
Well all those free alternatives are not giving me any good result :(

How about low end stuff?

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Re: Any good free OCR software?
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2008, 06:16:32 AM »
iirc [user]ronriel[/user] came up with AutoIt script called rOCR recently. worked quite well for me along side with jOCR.

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Re: Any good free OCR software?
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2008, 08:12:41 AM »
From what I have heard Evernote has great OCR. Not sure if that is a viable option for your needs.

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Re: Any good free OCR software?
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2008, 09:34:38 AM »
Evernote recognizes the tex but does not convert docs into text so the text in the documents are not selectable, convertable

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Re: Any good free OCR software?
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2008, 03:04:31 PM »
Once I installed a trial of Microsoft Office 2003 (or was it 2007?). Anyway, when I had to uninstall it, somehow I managed to keep the "Microsoft Office Document Imaging" tool.

BTW, everyone who owns any part of Microsoft Office has this tool on his PC.

This is a marvelous OCR software. Incredibly fast and VERY accurate (powered by Scansoft).

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Re: Any good free OCR software?
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2008, 03:47:17 PM »
Anyone any idea where "Microsoft Office Document Imaging" tool has gone in Office 2007?

In 2003 it was under the Office Tools menu in the Progams menu but it doesn't seem to be there in 2007?

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Re: Any good free OCR software?
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2008, 04:00:54 PM »
Anyone any idea where "Microsoft Office Document Imaging" tool has gone in Office 2007?

In 2003 it was under the Office Tools menu in the Progams menu but it doesn't seem to be there in 2007?

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Microsoft Office Imaging is a optional installation. In Control Panel,
Add/Remove Programs, select Microsoft Office and click on Change and then
select add features. You will find Office Imaging under Tools.

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Re: Any good free OCR software?
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2008, 05:57:17 PM »
The best OCR Software I've seen is ABBYY FineReader (iirc it's the product the Danish national library uses to scan old texts), and it definitely worked well for us at the museum where I work(ed). Probably out of your price league, though - EUR159.
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Re: Any good free OCR software?
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2008, 05:57:59 PM »
Anyone any idea where "Microsoft Office Document Imaging" tool has gone in Office 2007?

In 2003 it was under the Office Tools menu in the Progams menu but it doesn't seem to be there in 2007?

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Microsoft Office Imaging is a optional installation. In Control Panel,
Add/Remove Programs, select Microsoft Office and click on Change and then
select add features. You will find Office Imaging under Tools.

from this forum: http://forums.techar...e-support/691788.htm

Thanks - I thought when I installed Office 2007 that I had installed all the tools!