7 Best Free OCR Software Apps to Convert Images Into Text

Saikat Basu Updated 07-12-2019

Want OCR software for free? This article collects the seven best programs that don’t cost anything.


What is OCR?

Optical character recognition (OCR) software converts pictures, or even handwriting, into text. OCR software analyze a document and compare it with fonts stored in their database and/or by noting features typical to characters. Some OCR software also put it through a spell checker to “guess” unrecognized words. 100% accuracy is difficult to achieve, but a close approximation is what most software strive for.

OCR software can be productivity shortcuts for students, researchers, and office workers. So let’s play with a few more and find the best OCR software for your needs.

1. OCR Using Microsoft OneNote

Microsoft OneNote has advanced OCR functionality which works on both pictures and handwritten notes.

  • Drag a scan or a saved picture into OneNote. You can also use OneNote to clip part of the screen or an image into OneNote.
  • Right click on the inserted picture and select Copy Text from Picture. The copied optically recognized text goes into the clipboard and you can now paste it back into OneNote or into any program like Word or Notepad.

Using OCR in OneNote

OneNote can also extract text from a multi-page printout with one click. Insert a multiple page printout in OneNote and then right-click on the currently selected page.

  • Click Copy Text from this Page of the Printout to grab text from this selected page only.
  • Click Copy Text from All the Pages of the Printout to copy text from all the pages in one shot as you can see below.

Extract text from the images of a multiple-page file printout.

Do note that the accuracy of the OCR depends on the quality of the photo too. That’s why optically recognizing handwriting is still a bit fuzzy for OneNote and other OCR software in the market. That said, it is one of the key features in OneNote The 13 Best New OneNote Features You Haven't Tried Yet Microsoft has added many new perks to OneNote for Windows 10. Here are the best new OnenNote features in OneNote that you may have missed. Read More you should use at every opportunity.

Want to know how OneNote compares against a paid OCR software? Read our comparison of OneNote and OmniPage Free vs. Paid OCR Software: Microsoft OneNote and Nuance OmniPage Compared OCR scanner software lets you convert text in images or PDFs into editable text documents. Is a free OCR tool like OneNote good enough? Let's find out! Read More .

2. SimpleOCR

this is a screen capture of SimpleOCR's interface


The difficulty I was having with handwriting recognition using MS tools, could have found a solution in SimpleOCR. But the software offers handwriting recognition only as a 14 day free trial. Machine print recognition though does not have any restrictions.

The software looks outdated as it hasn’t been updated since version 3.1, but you can still try it out for its simplicity.

  • Set it up to read directly from a scanner or by adding a page (JPG, TIFF, BMP formats).
  • SimpleOCR offers some control over the conversion through text selection, image selection and text ignore features.
  • Conversion to text takes the process into a validation stage; a user can correct discrepancies in the converted text using an in-built spell-checker.
  • The converted file can be saved to a DOC or TXT format.

SimpleOCR was fine with normal text, but its handling of multi-column layouts was a disappointment. In my opinion, the conversion accuracy of the Microsoft tools was considerably better than SimpleOCR.

Download: SimpleOCR for Windows (Free, Paid)


3. Photo Scan

Photo Scan is a free Windows 10 OCR app

Photo Scan is a free Windows 10 OCR app you can download from the Microsoft Store. Created by Define Studios, the app is ad-supported but that does not mar the experience. The app is an OCR scanner and a QR code reader rolled into one.

Point the app to an image or a file printout. You can also use your PC’s web cam to give it an image to look at. The recognized text is displayed in an adjacent window.

The text to speech feature is a highlight. Click the speaker icon and the app will read aloud what it just scanned.


It’s not great with handwritten text, but printed text recognition was adequate. When everything is done, you can save the OCR text in multiple formats like Text, HTML, Rich Text, XML, Log format etc.

Download: Photo Scan (Free, in-app purchase)

4. (a9t9) Free OCR Windows App

a9t9 is a free OCR app for Windows

(a9t9) Free OCR software is a Universal Windows Platform app. So you can use it with any Windows device you own. There is also an online OCR equivalent that is powered by the same API.

(a9t9) supports 21 languages for parsing your images and PDF to text. The app is also free to use, and the ad support can be removed with an in-app purchase. Like most free OCR programs, it is idea for printed documents and not handwritten text.

Download: a9t9 Free OCR (Free, in-app purchase)

5. Capture2Text

Free OCR Software -- Capture2Text

Capture2Text is a free OCR software for Windows 10 that gives you keyboard shortcuts to quickly OCR anything on the screen. It also does not require any installation.

Use the default keyboard shortcut WinKey + Q to activate the OCR process. You can then use the mouse to select the portion you want to capture. Hit Enter and then selection will be optically recognized. The captured and converted text will appear in a popup and will also be copied to the clipboard.

Capture2Text uses Google’s OCR engine and supports 100+ languages. It uses Google Translate to convert the captured text to other languages. Look inside the Settings to tweak the different options provided by the software.

Download: Capture2Text (Free)

6. Easy Screen OCR

this is a screen capture of Easy Screen OCR's interface

Easy Screen OCR isn’t free. But I mention it here because it is fast and convenient. You can also use it freely for up to 20 times without any subscription. The software works from the system tray or the taskbar. Right-click on Easy Screen OCR icon and select Capture from the menu. Take a screenshot of any image, website, video, document, or anything else on the screen by dragging the mouse cursor.

Easy Screen OCR then displays a dialog with three tabs. The screenshot tab gives you a preview of the captured text. Click the OCR button to read the text from the image. The optically converted text can now be copied from the Text tab of the dialog.

You can set the recognition languages for the OCR in the software’s Preferences. More than 100 languages are supported as the software uses Google’s OCR engine.

Download: Easy Screen OCR ($9 per month)

Also: OCR With Google Docs

If you are away from your own computer, then try the OCR powers of Google Drive. Google Docs has an in-built OCR program that can recognize text in JPEG, PNG, GIF, and PDF files. But all files should be 2 MB or less and text should be 10 pixels or higher. Google Drive can also auto-detect the language in the scanned files, though accuracy with non-Latin characters might not be great.

  1. Log into your Google Drive account.
  2. Click on New > File Upload. Alternatively, you can also click on My Drive > Upload Files.
  3. Browse to the file on your PC that you want to convert from PDF or image to text. Click the Open button to upload the file.
  4. The document is now in your Google Drive. Right-click on the document and click on Open with > Google Docs.

This capture demonstrates how to use the OCR in Google Drive

  1. Google converts your PDF or image file to text with OCR and opens it in a new Google document. The text is editable and you can correct the parts where the OCR failed to read it right.
  2. You can download the finetuned documents in the multiple formats Google Drive supports. Choose from File > Download as menu.

The Free OCR Software You Can Pick

Though the free tools were adequate with printed text, they failed with normal cursive handwritten text. My personal preference for offhand OCR use leans towards Microsoft OneNote because you can make it a part of your note-taking workflow. Photo Scan is a Windows Store universal app, and it supports line breaks with the range of document formats you can save to.

But don’t let your search for free OCR converters end here. There are many other alternative ways to OCR your images and text. And we have put a few online OCR tools 4 Free Online OCR Tools Put to the Ultimate Test With advances in OCR technology, converting text and Images from your scanned PDF document into the editable text formats is easier. We tested a few free online OCR tools so you won't have to. Read More to the test before. Keep them close by too.

Image Credit: nikolay100/Depositphotos

Related topics: File Conversion, Image Editor, OCR.

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  1. Josh Beck
    April 28, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    What are your thoughts of Grooper's OCR?

  2. CoderLove
    December 11, 2019 at 12:06 am

    Please have a look at OCRvision. IT is a searchable PDF OCR software. IT can convert all scanned files to searchable PDF automatically.

  3. Rexivar
    August 11, 2019 at 2:53 am

    HI S.Basu... I used all OCR but it didn't help me because OCR is only for normal text which is present in the form of image or pdf... but it fails every time when i use it on printed cursive writing text... very low accuracy i got... but i heard that ICR is better than OCR so could you plz suggest me any ICR software which give me good accuracy... free ones♥

  4. Vance Balacek
    June 20, 2019 at 2:46 am

    I just copy a jpg. Into Firefox and save it as a pdf. If I need to I just copy any text that I need & paste it into a word document! It works for me!

  5. Si Dinh
    April 24, 2019 at 7:32 am

    Hi @Sai , thank you for your post!

    Thank you for your post!

    I am wondering about after using above OCR software, could I obtain which patch in the input image belongs to which word in the output?



  6. Mark Tristan R. Ocampo
    April 18, 2019 at 7:25 am

    I only recently discovered that Google Keep (note-taking app) can also do OCR. This is what I use.

    • Saikat Basu
      April 19, 2019 at 2:40 pm

      Yes, it does. All Google tools use the same Google OCR engine and their biggest advantage is that they can recognize so many languages out of the box.

  7. Russ
    December 20, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    My OCR needs are very lite so I use Google Keep when I need to pull some txt out of a picture. Look in the options when creating a new note.

  8. Ryan
    February 14, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Is there a pay choice that you would say comes closest to 100% accuracy when OCRing Tiffs?

    • Saikat Basu
      February 16, 2018 at 5:28 am

      Haven't tried out any paid solutions of course. Maybe, a reader here can help. Till then, you can experiment with the free ones. Some OCR technologies may have special preferences, which may slightly help.

      Thanks Ryan.

  9. Nasorenga
    January 25, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    The free version of PDF-XChange Editor includes an amazingly accurate and easy-to-use OCR function. (In addition to many other great features).

    • Ravinga Gunawardana
      April 17, 2018 at 2:16 pm

      PDF-XChanger Editor does what I need. Thanks for the comment dude.

  10. praveen
    September 19, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Services are available to convert image to text any font any format to editable text. Providing software also. Whatsapp to 9004213189. Affordable price

  11. Howard
    August 30, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Hello Saikut. Really interesting article. I have tried One Note, but do not get the right click option of "copy text from picture". I have Windows 10 Ver 1703 64bit OS build 15063.540 plus KB4022405 with One Note ver 17.8471.57791.0. Has One Note and/or Windows changed to stop the OCR function form working, or am I doing something wrong?
    I have tried "drag and drop" and "copy and paste" to input a scanned jpg image of printed text, and the right click options are "cut/copy/paste/save as/delete/create hyperlink/picture". "Picture" only allows editing, such as rotation etc.
    Any advice appreciated. Thank you. Howard

    • Richard Jeltsch
      October 14, 2018 at 12:25 am

      Howard: did you get an answer to this question? I have the same situation.


  12. Robb
    June 18, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    I didn't expect One Note is this accurate. Thanks for this! Saved me lots of time.

  13. Fred
    January 12, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Saikat, thank you very much. I ran across your site while doing a search on "OCR software." I was thinking of paying for OCR, and was willing to pay, but their downloads did not do the job. All I wanted to do was to be able to edit a 5-page scanned document. The OneNote method you mentioned worked! Beats retyping all of that text! And it turned out to be free!

    • Saikat Basu
      January 29, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      Ha..ha. Glad it helped, Fred.

  14. Judy
    January 9, 2017 at 6:25 am

    I recommend Docs Matter(Android version) developed by Yunmai Technology. It’s also a professional document scanner and document management application. Easy to use and have a good recognition result. You can download it from Google Play.

    • Saikat Basu
      February 2, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      Thanks Judy. It appears to be well-rated on [Broken Link Removed]

  15. promytius
    October 15, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    my copy of note 2007 when clicked where your mouse showed did not convert picture to text, it magnified the screen for copying.

  16. Elisabeth
    September 26, 2016 at 5:17 am

    Thanks. For someone who became dependent rather than addicted to OCR when I discovered it on my HP printer/scanner when I was teaching, but didn't bother to look into it, I have missed it sorely now I am retired but enmeshed in Committee work and creating documents from several sources with information that needs to be presented in both original and edited formats...Lordy what a time saver! Thanks again for making the choice clearer.

    • Saikat Basu
      September 26, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      Thanks Elisabeth.It's always a pleasure when a simple article becomes so useful for our readers. OCRs have got so much better now!

  17. Harold Graham
    August 31, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Thank you very informative I was jus about looking a OCR software ... OneNote is good enough for what I want to do. did not know onenote could do it

  18. mahadev
    August 2, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    free ocr is good, gt text sucks...i downloaded it and it looks shitty

  19. Dave
    June 6, 2016 at 10:45 am

    GT Text is very good too.

  20. Barcelona
    June 3, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Very very very good post. Thank you very much for your work. It is very simple to do it with OneNote.

    Best Regards.

    A Friend who liked your post.

    • Saikat Basu
      June 6, 2016 at 4:57 am

      Thanks so much Barcelona. OCR has matured tremondously since I wrote this article. And yes, OneNote is great.

      • Shamas
        July 15, 2016 at 7:18 pm

        I tried with OneNote and it keep telling me that I have old version. I have 2010 version Office. I appriciate for your help Saikat Basu.
        Here is my email:

  21. Yuvarj
    April 16, 2016 at 11:55 am


    I have abbyyfine reader but it not give 100% me

    • noz1995
      April 29, 2016 at 3:29 am

      Actually, there is currently no software that can give you 100% accuracy. In the best condition, OmniPage OCR can give you 99.2% accuracy for recognizing, it's the highest ever

      • Saikat Basu
        April 29, 2016 at 3:28 pm

        True. But things are improving at a fast clip thanks to machine intelligence. Even 99.2 is significant compared to a few years back.

  22. Fijoy
    February 4, 2016 at 7:08 am


    I want to convert images to text that have mathematical notes printed. So these notes has mathematical signs and I sued Abbyy Find reader but having problems with that. Can you suggest a good software that will probably convert the accurate sign in the text format ?

    Thanks in advance!!

    • Saikat Basu
      February 4, 2016 at 9:07 am

      Head below to read the suggestions I gave Piyush. Hope those help.

    • praveen
      September 19, 2017 at 9:19 am

      Yes whatsapp to 9004213189. We have the software. And we are also doing service. Any complicated font can be converted..

  23. Marlene Stewart
    January 29, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    I already had OneNote on my computer and I just used this to convert the text from a PDF that I just scanned in. Thanks so much it worked perfectly! Yay!

    Marlene Stewart :D

  24. Akshita
    January 22, 2016 at 11:47 am

    i need to convert cursive writting test image to simple text .Please suggest me software.

  25. Taben
    January 21, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    I tried both the TopOCR and the SimpleOCR to convert some papers I had written in high school and both failed. Instead of coherent words, I got a bunch of letters, numbers, and punctuations. I don't know if it's my handwriting, if because the other side can be faintly seen, or a combination of both. Oh well back to the standard way of typing them out

    January 21, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Hi Saikat,

    what is the best OCR to use for extracting information from receipts? And is there an OCR that allow rules to be written and define for images. Example if the OCR scan an predefined image of a house, then it writes the word assigned to that image?

    • Saikat Basu
      January 22, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      Not sure about the second part of your question.But for receipt scanning, try tools like Receipts by Wave [iOS & Android].

      Smart Receipts is another Android app. also looks good and has a free trial. is full-fledged servvice for receipt management.

  27. Piyush
    November 25, 2015 at 5:53 am

    I would like to convert some mathematical algorithm with supper script. OCR will be best for my solution?

  28. ramesh
    November 16, 2015 at 6:46 am

    Hi Saikat

    Can You guide me

    How to compare in word ducuments

    One more thing i have image and txt ducments also that i want check for accuracy

    please give me a any software link. fastest QC software i need error report also


  29. ramesh
    November 13, 2015 at 2:24 pm


    I have image documents and txt ducments both i want compare for accuracy pls guide me for

    • ramesh
      November 13, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      any software i need

    • Saikat Basu
      November 14, 2015 at 6:07 am

      Hi Ramesh,

      Do an OCR on both. Take the results and create two Word documents. Then compare both. There are also online document comparision tools available, but Word can do it very well.

    • praveen
      September 19, 2017 at 9:23 am

      Proof reader isvthe best for we are having that. Whaysapp 9004213189

  30. Anonymous
    November 2, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    I installed FreeOCR and that seems to work very well for me. I have only used it on typed and clear documents and not anything with freehand writing. But, it did the job I was looking for it to do.

    I tried to install Simple OCR but didn't. They seemed to want you to create an account with all sorts of information. I didn't want to do that for something that's supposed to be free.

    So, my vote goes to FreeOCR.

    • Saikat Basu
      November 3, 2015 at 10:41 am

      Simple OCR seems to have changed since I wrote this article. Thanks for the feedback.

  31. Anonymous
    October 27, 2015 at 5:39 am

    Thanks for your suggestions. They are helpful for me. Simple OCR looks cool because it can recognize handwriting. When choosing OCR software, I always think about the recognition accuracy and recognition speed. As I know, Yunmai Technology is also very professional on OCR technology. Yunmai Document Recognition is really great for me. The average time for recognition of a document less than 6 seconds. The recognition accuracy can reach 99%. It can convert documents into PDF, Word, Text format files.

    • Saikat Basu
      October 28, 2015 at 5:39 am

      Thanks May. Will check it out.

  32. Saikat Basu
    September 4, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Looks good. Thanks for the suggestion. Maybe, it's time to come back with updated and new tools on OCR :)

  33. Jawahar
    February 22, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Please tell me how to convert an image which has a font type which is not in the free OCR database and any other database. I have the ttf file for the font type in the image. Please tell me how to add in any ocr database and convert them?

  34. Zvika
    February 17, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    threw at it .. not "through" at it :-)
    Thx for the post ... very informative

    • Saikat
      February 17, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      Ah. Typo. Thanks for the catch :)

      • Anonymous
        October 9, 2015 at 7:13 am

        While we are on it - one i regularly make accidentally

        read their How to Get the Best - not read there How to Get the Best

        • Anonymous
          October 9, 2015 at 7:14 am

          Sorry meant to say interesting review thankks, looking to see if buying HP's Readiris is worth it - any thoughts

  35. sufran chaus
    January 17, 2015 at 9:33 am

    hi i tried to convert "Vladimir Script" font image to text but it not works .

  36. Jullie
    January 9, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Hello! I used to convert webpages into pdf documents and it generated good and fast results. It's simple to use, no need to install the tool, just upload the needed files. I recommend using it.

    • Saikat
      January 9, 2015 at 3:03 pm

      Thanks for the name. It looks simple and useful.

  37. Anthony Alesi
    December 21, 2014 at 5:56 am

    I was looking for the simplest thing... to convert a jpg file to word text. I did not need any of the fancy features. The cost of the software was outrageous. Then I read your article. One Note is free and does what I need. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. You are a life saver.

  38. Man
    July 12, 2010 at 3:05 pm
  39. Globinch
    July 12, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    This is really useful article. Thank you for sharing this tools

  40. Dr Web
    February 11, 2010 at 4:05 am

    Great post. I have FreeOCR - is good enough

  41. TecheSpot
    February 1, 2010 at 6:58 am

    Great Post, i have searched for google to get some useful info on how to convert images into text but found nothing better than this Post.

    Thanks Alot for sharing such useful piece of information.

  42. Guy Adami
    December 21, 2009 at 9:40 am

    I have been searching for these free tools for a while and I realized after reading this article that I forgot Microsoft Offices comes with one.

  43. OCR Software
    December 5, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Great Article and overview of tools.

  44. jitenderpalingh
    December 5, 2009 at 2:24 am

    hi jitnderpalingh i hv used your freeocr that was good i m happy use it. try it and check it

  45. Online OCR
    December 2, 2009 at 8:42 am

    THIS is good and like it...............dud

    • TANU
      February 10, 2015 at 9:16 am


  46. Arnav
    November 13, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Thanks buddy !

  47. klu9
    November 4, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    I needed to OCR a pdf in Spanish: FreeOCR's link for languages is 404, SimpleOCR doesn't do Spanish, TopOCR I forgot to try (doh!)

    But I got great results from the online ocr service OCRterminal. I just had to wait 18 hours for it.

  48. John Ward
    October 31, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Scanning old paper manuals
    Using Tiff Combine to merge them
    Using MS Office Document Imaging to OCR
    Now have a sort of indexed electronic version of manual

    Have noticed if I clean first with Paint the OCR doesn't work.

  49. klu9
    October 27, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Does anyone know where to get other languages for FreeOCR? The link provided in the software is 404.

  50. jcocchiaro
    October 6, 2009 at 6:49 am

    same as last post. but i'm also looking for a tech that can extract contact information (wherever it may be located on my system) and automatically organize it and load it into my address book.

    any ideas?

  51. Dominique
    September 12, 2009 at 11:32 pm


    I am in need to be ability to scan my hand written documents (via my scanner) into my MAC and edit the scan documents.

    The scan converts into a pdf file, however, I am not able to make any edits....HELP PLEASE.


  52. observer
    September 4, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    I am puzzled that the title of the post is "top 5 free", yet your first two of five are paid Microsoft products - neither free as in freedom, nor free of charge.

    • Saikat
      September 5, 2009 at 12:52 am

      I certainly wouldn't want you to buy Windows for these two :)...but "free" in a sense means that it's there as a part of our installed OS. We don't need to look elsewhere for the software.Apart from Linux, we have to pay for all OS,don't we. We feature a lot of MS Office tutorials here too...Office isn't free too in that sense.

      • klu9
        September 9, 2009 at 5:46 pm

        Microsoft Office was not there as part of my installed OS. (Windows XP, bundled with Microsoft Works). I would need to look elsewhere for that software. And then I would need to buy it and install it before it would be there.

        • klu9
          September 9, 2009 at 5:47 pm

          But thanks for writing about the others, will try them out.

  53. Naren
    August 30, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    oh great! i m searching for this software

  54. Ravi Balla
    August 30, 2009 at 7:29 am

    I realized I have ScanSoft PDF converter, which seemed to be the best. It is not free but came in my laptop through my work company.

  55. Jshm2
    August 29, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Abbyy Finereader, nothing comes close. Not free but for ocr or doc conversion it's not got a real rival.

  56. Chuckles
    August 28, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    The site says it does not work with PDF?

    • Saikat
      August 29, 2009 at 5:45 am

      I also wrote the wrong version nos. It should be v2.6 instead of 2.03. The PDF issue was resolved in version 2.5 itself. There's an 'Open PDF' button on the menu.

  57. Ravi Balla
    August 26, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    I have been looking for something to do such thing with scanned pages in a pdf document. With the above cue I was able to copy text from entire pdf scanned pages. I had to insert the pdf in OneNote and use the option to insert all pages and convert into text. Now I have my 250 page user manual, which was all paper, in a searchable, editable word document!


    • Saikat
      August 26, 2009 at 11:30 pm

      Great!I also use the two MS tools. They are pretty effective for simple needs of the average user.

  58. Anon
    August 26, 2009 at 11:13 am

    How about JOCR ( How does it compare to the above tools?

    • Saikat
      August 26, 2009 at 11:36 pm

      Haven't used it extensively. But it's small and quick. It's officially a screen grabber with OCR features.Ultimately it uses MS Doucument Imaging (MODI). You cannot use it if MODI is not installed. I have given the link to a previous post we had done on it. Do read it.

  59. Rob v
    August 26, 2009 at 4:23 am

    mac users could try pretending they own a Canon Pixma MultiFunction Printer and download the attendant software. Then read from image files already scanned ( or screen-grabbed ) from elsewhere. But make sure your DPI is 150x150 pixels. read the online manual.

    • inrasto abram
      April 29, 2015 at 10:57 am

      I wanna get the images to word but I not getting a software please share to me.

  60. Alex
    August 26, 2009 at 2:38 am

    hi,excuse me...
    I installed "Microsoft Office Document Imaging. But why not see? Not appear in Microsoft programs

    • Alex
      August 26, 2009 at 5:25 am

      ok I solved ... I tried both SimpleOCR, TopOCR, but with poor results

  61. Bharath Ambati
    August 26, 2009 at 1:20 am

    Google has entered into OCR...tesseract-ocr which can used in your applications.


  62. Anonymous
    August 26, 2009 at 2:21 am

    Mac users can use online OCR applications, one of which has been covered here before - [broken link removed]

  63. RichGillott
    August 25, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Any good OCR applications for mac users?

    • Saikat
      August 25, 2009 at 3:03 pm

      Couldn't find any through a Google search. All of them seem to be paid. Maybe, Mac users can drop a hint.

      • Ciaran
        November 6, 2009 at 6:35 pm

        Although it is paid, a great mac app for ocr is Prizmo. It is incredibly accurate - I used it for a low-light picture I took on my iPhone 3g (2 megapixels), and every word was perfect - with a bit of fiddling.

    • the-hijacker
      November 19, 2009 at 4:50 am

      You might want to try ABBYY FineReader