Being able to speed up daily necessary tasks is a perk we have these days. Optical character recognition is a technology that can read any handwritten text and can convert them to electronic text files, and to do that few programs would be necessary. OCR software are widely used in academic and research purposes, they could also serve purpose to home users as well. Here’s a short review on top 10 OCR programs.
- Microsoft OneNote
Because it’s a Microsoft program, the OneNote is one highly preferred OCR software by the Microsoft Windows users. This software typically comes in a full-fledged Microsoft Office software package, could also be installed separately. Converting image text to actual editable format requires the image to be dragged and dropped into an area.
- OmniPage Standard
Comes with many more additional features than Microsoft OneNote, and there’s a premium price tag of $149.99 with this program. The accuracy rate has been found to be very high on OmniPage Standard, which really matches the costliness of the product. Even the bullets and graphics like pie charts would be converted if they are clear enough.
- Free OCR
For occasional users of the OCR technology, Free OCR software would serve all the purpose. Installation is free and even multi-page image to text conversion would be done for free. Also, if the hardware is a Twain scanner then the data would be read directly into the software interface. The double window interface shows both the original and the converted document for convenience.
Captricity is a premium program, built with intention to be used in commercial places. Not just handwritten texts but also PDF, efax, fax and any other form of written or printed documents could be converted into a digital text format and saved into cloud storage. However, this program costs $75/month. Up to 10 pages per month is free.
- Simple OCR
Simple OCR is a free to use program, yet restricted for a limited time usage. Direct input from scanners are accepted, also various image formats like TIFF, BMP, JPEG etc. would be supported. Simple OCR includes a spell checker as well.
- Neuroph OCR
It’s an open source program for OCR, thus any developer could play around with the features and improve the software een more. There’s a network built by Neuroph for online verification of handwriting and other printed text. The output file would be in MS Word, Notepad or Wordpad format.
- ABBYY Fine Reader
Almost any printed document could be turned into an editable electronic format document in no tim using ABBYY Fine Reader. This program works as fine as it demands to be – there are algorithms that can eliminate reformatting and repetition errors in a document. 189 languages are currently supported.
TopOCR has been designed in such a way that it reads the text-filled images captured with cameras and mobile phones, not only from flatbed scanners. Though most of these software can do the same, but TopOCR has some extensive algorithms that actually improve the accuracy. WordPad is the output folder where the output files could be thoroughly edited.
User friendly interface and free of cost – that’s what makes Boxoft worth its features. It supports major languages like English, German, Dutch, French and many others. The output would directly be saved as a doc/pdf file or zip archive.
Evernote is a smartphone based app, but got all the potential for the job. Evernote uses the smartphone camera for OCR task, and the indexing on Evernote is so perfect for people who needs to do lots of OCR in a given day. Both the and pro versions are available on app store for downloading.
Most of these software offer similar user experience, just pick the one you think you are most comfortable with.