How can I OCR an image of cursive writing?

Raj October 3, 2014
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Hi All,

I have a JPEG image showing text in cursive writing. I want to convert it into text, but am unable to do this. I have tried all your suggestions – Microsoft Onenote and other softwares, but its still not working. Kindly help me with this.

Thanks,
Rajgopal

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  1. Jan F.
    October 3, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    If you tried "all our suggestions" I would say it simply isn't possible. OCR can only do so much and cursive fonts especially if they are hand written can be a real problem.

    I have a few other suggestions which I haven't seen here all too often:

    Tesseract, created by HP and later taken over by Google.
    https://code.google.com/p/tesseract-ocr/

    OmniPage, one of the oldest names in OCR business, one of the best OCR softwares supporting over a hundred languages
    http://www.nuance.com/for-individuals/by-product/omnipage/index.htm

    FineReader. another long standing tool for OCR.
    http://finereader.abbyy.de/

    And finally - as I said before - there is only so much OCR can do and you may just have to write the text yourself. Some things just won't be recognized even if you (as a person) consider them easy to read.