Monday, February 8, 2010

Open Source OCR and Free OCR

Hee is a sampling of OCR tools:

The open source  software community has created some great OCR Software / Optical Character Recognition Software.  Below are links and info:

OCRopus OCR Software
This is a project sponsored by Google, and is a state of the art OCR application.  It is focused on high volume OCR needs, and includes a conversion engine, layout analysis, modeling and multi-lingual capabilities.

OCRopus OCR Software Download

GOCR OCR Application
Developed under the GNU Public License, is can be used with various front ends to convert immages to text, and is open to different image formats.

GOCR OCR Application Download

Tesseract OCR Engine
Engine developed by HP in the late 80s when OCR Software was in its infancy.  Google uses the engine in its OCRopus.  Document Capture companies like PSIGEN have made the Tesseract Engine an option for afvanced capture.

Tesseract OCR Engine Download

This is just a sampling, and in future posts i will add additional tools and info.

How do I pick the right OCR Tools? Is Free OCR right for me?

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is the process of converting scanned pages or images into searchable text.  There are a wide variety of commercial and free tools out there to provide some great power, and help you save time and money when accomplishing the conversion task.  Before getting started, read the article below:

How do I pick the right OCR Software?

In follow on posts, I will review and post info on free tools for OCR, OMR and ICR.