Here is a summary of the softwares to consider for screen text capture (so far) with small notes. There may be a few here that are worthwhile for precision and/or speed, mileage in usage tends to vary. Some I include, including the Tesseract stuff, might state that they it is designed for higher-resolution or less cluttered input such as scanned documents. Other stuff is geared to the document/office/scan environment.
So I will put the Tesseract and the well-liked MODI stuff separately, MODI includes JOCR and an excellent article by Jon Galloway. However OneNote is included below, it can be separate from Office .. I wonder if it uses the exact same MODI component. Also I am not including .pdf to .txt converters, of which there are many.
No personal recommendations yet, however :
The Abbyy product for $10 looks new and may be a keeper.
At least the info may save a spot of time searching. Included is some office document stuff, since there is overlap and your company or clients may be using this or that.
Evernote - multi-platformhttp://www.evernote.com/
This usage is often discussed on the net, have not checked for strengh of screen capture results.
"OCR Terminal is a free online Optical Character Recognition service that allows you to convert scanned images and PDFs into editable and text searchable documents. It accurately preserves formatting and layout of documents."
COMMERCIAL AND SHAREWARE
Abbyy ScreenShot Reader - $10 - (2008 new product) - 30 day returnhttp://www.abbyyusa.com/shop/SSR.htm
"you can use Screenshot Reader to select and copy pieces of text from images, Flash files, PDFs, and other image-based files, then convert them into true text which you can then edit or insert into other documents."
ABBYY FineReader 9.0 Express Edition - $50 - trial 15 dayshttp://www.abbyyusa.com/frexpress/
Abbyy Scan to Office - $50 --> replaced by FineExpress Express per Tommy in saleshttp://www.abbyyusa.com/shop/STO.htm
USA (408) 457-9777 Milpetas, CA and international offices, main office Russia, no forums
(also Finereader in Corp section.)
Kleptomania - $30 StructuRise (also Textract SDK 2.9 for text-to-program) - Moscow
(40 day trial - nice screen pic demo)http://www.structurise.com/kleptomania/
Good website, no forum, phone # (perfers email)
Capture Text - $30 - Dmitry Sokolovskiy - Seattle WA (206) 888-6807 and email http://www.capturetext.com/
Screen OCR - $30 - 21-day trial - (206) 338-5863 - Seattle, WA and emailhttp://www.screenocr.com/
Aqua Deskperience - $15 - Bucharest, Romania http://www.deskperie...skperience/aqua.html
Snapfiles - "30 day trial. Some features disabled."
TextBridge Pro 11 - $80 (Nuance - also do OmniPage) - Burlington, MA (781) 565-5000 http://www.nuance.com/textbridge/
Wiki, KnowledgeBase, etc.(30 day refund only - no trial)
OCR Tools - Desktop Application - Freewarehttp://www.ocrtools....m/fi/prdOCRFree.aspx
St Paul, MN
"OCR Desktop Application is a desktop utility that generates ASCII text from images such as a bitmap or image file. OCR Desktop is free, the registered version turns off popups and advertising."
Onenote - Microsoft - pricey $100 - unless with MS Office Suite - perhaps uses MODI componenthttp://office.micros...onenote/default.aspx
"paste or otherwise import an image containg text into a OneNote page, right click on it and choose "Copy Text from Picture"... then simply paste the copied text wherever you'd like it. Of course, it's not perfect OCR for low resolution." (note from Jon Galloway blog comments)
SimpleOCR - freeware - support is FAQ
And ScanStore Knoxville, TN - support phone # with order + web chathttp://www.simpleocr.com/
"May I use SimpleOCR to process screen captures? Sure, but SimpleOCR usually returns poor results with screen captures." -- also have command line and SDK kit.
Yet their store has fascinating reviews of the higher-end products - below.
Screen Capture Programs with some Text Capture
(These are generally not OCR based, Windows API, or may have limited OCR functions.)
HyperSnap 6 - $35 http://www.hyperionics.com/
Tech Support Message Boardhttp://www.hyperionics.com/
Snag-It - TechSmith - $50 http://www.techsmith...m/screen-capture.asp
Screen Hunter Pro - $30 - Wisdom-Softhttp://www.wisdom-so...cts/screenhunter.htm
WinCapture Pro - $40 http://www.wincapture.com/en/
Cropper - Freewarehttp://blogs.geekdoj...rticles/Cropper.aspx
(not sure of functionality, used by some as a tool starting point with open source)
JiveQ - Freeware - TMA Software - Encinitas, CA http://www.tmasoftware.com/http://www.pcadvisor...470&itemId=72962
"What I found most annoying, though, is that it's not too hard to use the WebShot page-capture feature, but I never could figure out how to use the text capture."
Programmer library tool below.
Windows Controls & API Text Capture
SysExporter - Nirsoft - Freewarehttp://www.nirsoft.net/utils/sysexp.html
Textractor - Resplendence -Freewarehttp://www.resplendence.com/textractor
Monitor and capture all text any program writes to the screen
TextGRAB SDK - $30 http://www.renovatio...dk/textgrab-sdk.html
TextGRAB SDK is a library that allows screen text capture in Windows applications.
(Windows API, not OCR)
OCR Tools - (basic tool above)http://www.ocrtools..../prdOCRStandard.aspx
Programmer Library $600 -
OCR.Net Component is a .Net component that can be integrated into your application to generate ASCII text from a bitmap or an image file such as a TIF, GIF, BMP, or JPG file. The OCR .
WordScale Text Capture SDKhttp://www.tmasoftware.com/
Aqua Deskperience (program above)
Text Capture X - library for programmershttp://www.deskperie...er/textcapturex.html
Geared to Corporate and Enterprise - thinking from scanning and docs more than screenshot
"We have tested the latest versions of FineReader, OmniPage, ReadIRIS, TextBridge and SimpleOCR and have determined that ABBYY FineReader 9 is the best overall value for business users, while ReadIRIS is the best Omnipage Review for under $150."
Nuance - OmniPage 17 - Standard $150 - Professional $500 - http://www.nuance.co...roducts/omnipage.asp
(Your biz clients may be using this already.)
OmniPage Capture Software Developers Kit - Capture SDK
- PaperPort 11 Standard $100 - Professional $200http://www.nuance.co...oducts/paperport.asp
Iris - ReadIris 12 Pro - $120http://www.irislink....---OCR-Software.aspx
Abbyy - FineReader - $400 for Pro - company info above and less $ softwareshttp://finereader.abbyy.com/
Screen Capture Tools: 40+ Free Tools and Techniques http://www.hongkiat....ools-and-techniques/
Category: OCR Software [Optical Character Recognition Software] http://www.scanguru....age/links.php?cat.16
Planned shortly, the MODI and Tesseract and Digital Camera/Phone notes sections.