OCR software needed

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  1. acr1965

    acr1965 Registered Member

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    I am in need of some OCR software so I can scan some documents and save as templates for later use. Can anyone recommend a good OCR software that's either free or decently priced? My scanner is a Cannon MX340.

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  2. Cudni

    Cudni Global Moderator

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    check Nuance ocr software or I.R.I.S to name some.
     
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    The best product I have used for OCR is ABBYY FineReader Professional (10.0.102.109). I worked perfectly and recognized pdf accurately even badly scanned ones. Moreover, there is an option to retain layout perfectly. Other products I have used are Nitro PDF Pro (6.0.2.6) and PDF OCR (4.0).
     
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    thanks for the info- will check these out
     
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    I have an HP All-in-one that came with software that works pretty well. Can't you get something from Canon (for free)?
     
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    Another vote for ABBYY FineReader Pro 10, but it's expensive.

    In terms of free alternatives, a year ago I had good results with Softi FreeOCR (setup file name = freeocr26.exe, not sure if the link works anymore). It uses the free tesseract OCR engine. I also don't know if that project is still alive, but it's worth checking out before you buy an expensive commercial alternative.

    I was testing it with someone's free autohotkey script for grabbing screen content and converting it to text (similar to ABBYY's screenshot reader), to which end I also downloaded other bits and pieces of free graphics software (e.g. ImageMagick portable and potrace). The whole thing was a PITA to set up, but worked surprisingly well for interpreting screen content at least. The details of that project may be found here: http://www.autohotkey.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11186
     
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