I've heard of FreeOCR, and once tried it, but that was a few years ago, so it may be unfair to comment; but at the time I couldn't wrestle any sensible results from it. I'm talking about some slight inaccuracies - the output was not at all readable (very extended character set, by the looks). Hoping it's better now. Vince. ----- Original Message ----- From: Vanja Sudar To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Tuesday, February 07, 2012 9:51 PM Subject: [access-uk] Free OCR Has anyone heard of this software? The name sort of says for itself what it does or should do. Is it accessible? I’m about to try it and will let you know the results. You can' find this at http://www.paperfile.net/ Here’s what the website say about it: “ Free OCR is a document scanning software including the Windows compiled Tesseract free ocr engine also known as a Tesseract GUI. It includes a Windows installer and It is very simple to use and supports opening multi-page tiff documents, Adobe PDF and fax documents as well as most image types including compressed Tiff's which the Tesseract engine on its own cannot read .It now can scan using Twain and WIA scanning drivers. The Tesseract OCR PDF engine is an open source product released by Google. It was developed at Hewlett Packard Laboratories between 1985 and 1995. In 1995 it was one of the top 3 performers at the OCR accuracy contest organized by University of Nevada in Las Vegas. The Tesseract engine source code is now maintained by Google and the project can be found here: http://code.google.com/p/tesseract-ocr/ FreeOCR is a freeware document scanning software and you can do what you like with it including commercial use. The included Tesseract free OCR engine is distributed under the Apache V2.0 license. FreeOCR V4 is soon to be released this includes Tesseract V3 which increases accuracy and has page layout anaysis so more accurate results can be achieved without using the zone selection tool. FreeOCR v4 is currently undergoing beta tesing and will be released in the first half of 2011.” Obviously that last part is out of date. So, if this works and is accessible can be a great alternative for rather expencive OCR software.