[access-uk] Re: Free OCR

  • From: Kevin Cussick <the.big.white.shepherd@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 08 Feb 2012 08:43:10 +0000

Last time I tried it I thought it's free for a reason yes it because it's crap. it might be better now.

On 07/02/2012 22:41, Vince Thacker wrote:
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
Hoping it's better now.

    ----- Original Message -----
    *From:* Vanja Sudar <mailto:vanja@xxxxxxxxxxx>
    *To:* access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto: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
    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.

All The Best
Kevin Cussick
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