[access-uk] Re: Free OCR

  • From: "Vince Thacker" <vince@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Feb 2012 22:41:43 -0000

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.


  ----- 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: 

  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  Obviously that last part is out of date.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.

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