OCR Software

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by Osaban, Nov 30, 2007.

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  1. Osaban

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    Any suggestions about good OCR (optical character recognition) software free or at a reasonable price? They all seem to be fairly expensive.
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  2. Rmus

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    Hello Osaban,

    Does your scanner have an OCR engine? My Visioneer scanner uses the TextBridge OCR, and I've found it to be adequate. I can import directly into MSWord, or other text editor.

    I've heard about this free one, but have no experience with it:

    http://www.simpleocr.com/

    EDIT: Not all OCR engines are created alike. I was reminded of this as I perused the above site. See here for a good description of differences:

    http://www.simpleocr.com/OCR_Software_Guide.asp

    I haven't kept up with OCRs for several years, but in the past, OmniPage Pro gave the most accurate renderings of tables, columns, etc. We used it at the college where I worked. Of course, it's expensive.

    Depending on what your needs are - evaluating different ones using demo downloads might help in finding what you want.

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  3. TVH

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    I use abbyy finereader 9. Very effective for me.
     
  4. Osaban

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    Thank you both for your suggestions. I have an old hp scanjet scanner which is supposed to have a rudimentary OCR program, but it really doesn't work or there might be something wrong with my settings.

    Given the prices of OCR programs (100-300 $) it might be an idea to buy a new scanner with its dedicated OCR program, so I'm pondering at the moment which solution would be the best.
     
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  6. Espresso

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    Abbyy has always given me the best results. You might find a version of Abbyy v8 around for cheap.
     
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