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OCR : Analysis

May 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Made analysis on OCR products available in market  :  

  • SimpleOCR
  • ABBYY FineReader
  • IRIS ReadIRIS
  • Nuance OmniPage
  • GOCR
  • tesseract-ocr
  • Imagemagick
  • Expervision
  • Edocfile
  • Asprise
  1.   SimpleOCR :

SimpleOCR is the popular freeware OCR software with hundreds of thousands of users worldwide. SimpleOCR is also a royalty-free OCR SDK for developers to use in their custom applications. If you have a scanner and want to avoid retyping your documents, SimpleOCR is the fast, free way to do it. The SimpleOCR freeware is 100% free and not limited in any way. Anyone can use SimpleOCR for free–home users, educational institutions, even corporate users. Our own freeware OCR application provides acceptable accuracy for those who just need to convert a few pages and can’t justify the cost of commercial OCR software. Developers can use the command-line and SDK versions to integrate SimpleOCR with their custom applications.

Link :  http://www.simpleocr.com/

II.ABBYY FineReader :
FineReader Professional is highly accurate and easy to use OCR software that includes host of features including digital camera OCR, intelligent document layouts, image enhancement, barcode recognition and command line integration. FineReader 9 is our pick for OCR software because its document layout retention will save you much time in reformatting documents you convert for editing

Link  : http://download.cnet.com/ABBYY-FineReader-OCR-Professional/3000-2079_4-10228095.html



III.IRIS ReadIRIS :

Affordable OCR software for business and home users. ReadIRIS Pro provides a extremely accurate OCR recognition rate 
at a low cost, but still has some of the advanced features that higher priced professional OCR software includes.
Link : http://www.irislink.com/



IV.Nuance OmniPage

OmniPage is widely considered the fastest, most accurate and fully featured OCR software. OmniPage 17 Professional has a unique new feature that lets you convert any type of document to searchable PDF or Word. OmniPage does not have a downloadable demo. Nuance also does not provide free technical support after the first call. For these reasons we recommend the ABBYY and IRIS products instead.
OmniPage is an Optical character recognition application available from Nuance Communications. Nuance Communications was 
acquired by ScanSoft, which also took over its name in October 2005.OmniPage converts images such as scanned 
paper documents, and PDF files, into file formats used by computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, 
Adobe Acrobat, or HTML files.OmniPage is in competition with ExperVision (TypeReader), Readiris and ABBYY Fine Reader
 as well as free software such as GOCR and Tesseract.
Link : http://www.nuance.com/for-business/by-product/omnipage/index.htm


V. GOCR :

"A free Optical Character Recognition (OCR) program"
BS Editor: GOCR is an open source Optical Character Recognition (OCR) program that runs on Windows, Linux and MacOSX. 
It is a command line program that allows you to recognise characters from an image file. This frontend for GOCR is graphical and is designed to be simple to use, just select the graphics file that you want to recognise, and the output will be shown to you. You can then copy this output andPaste It to somewhere useful. Most major graphical file formats are supported. you can free download GOCR Windows Frontend 1.0 now.
Link : http://www.brothersoft.com/gocr-windows-frontend-38579.html


VI. tesseract-ocr :
In computer software, Tesseract is a free optical character recognition engine. It was originally developed as 
proprietary software at Hewlett-Packard between 1985 until 1995. After ten years without any development taking place, 
Hewlett Packard and UNLV released it as open source in 2005. Tesseract is currently developed by Google and 
released under the Apache License, Version 2.0
Link :  http://code.google.com/p/tesseract-ocr/
License : Apache License .



VII. Imagemagick :
ImageMagick® is a software suite to create, edit, compose, or convert bitmap images. It can read and write images in a 
variety of formats (over 100) including DPX, EXR, GIF, JPEG, JPEG-2000, PDF, PhotoCD, PNG, Postscript, SVG, and TIFF. 
Use ImageMagick to scale, flip, mirror, rotate, distort, shear and transform images, adjust image colors, apply various 
special effects, or draw text, lines, polygons, ellipses and Bézier curves.
Link : http://www.imagemagick.org/script/index.php
Licensed .
VIII. Expervision :
The award-winning TypeReader converts scanned documents into electronic files at speed of 8,000
 pages per hour with maximum reliability. Desktop 7.0 offers added flexibility to handle color 
and grayscale images, with duplex scanning support to process documents in English, French, German, 
Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Polish, Hungarian and Polynesian.
 It employs an unparalleled recognition technology to support 2618 fonts. Users can choose to output to various formats 
including PDF, MS Word, Excel, Lotus 1-2-3, HTML, etc.
Link :   http://www.expervision.com/

IX. Edocfile :


Tiff to Text is designed to perform Optical Character Recognition (OCR) in a batch process. 
The program utilizes the OCR engine from Nuance (Owners of OMNI Page - formally ScanSoft) that is included with 
Microsoft Office Document Imaging (MODI).
Link : http://www.edocfile.com/
X. Asprise :
Asprise OCR SDK library for Java enables you to equip your Java applications (Java applets, web applications, standard 
applications, J2EE enterprise applications) with optical character recognition (OCR) ability.
Link: http://asprise.com/product/ocr/index.php?lang=java
-	Java based OCR.
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