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Editors' Review


No matter how big of a scanned or PDF file you have, this program can handle it. Free OCR will read an otherwise uneditable document and churn out copyable text you can manipulate however you like.

With support for more than 10 different languages, this software impresses with both its accuracy and speed. It churns out an editable version of a small section of text in seconds, but only takes a minute or two to read documents with tiny text or bizarre formatting. You can even crop out sections of the document you don't need to shave seconds off of the OCR's output. It doesn't offer many features outside of character recognition, but it doesn't really need to. The PDF support is great and you can scan documents right into the FreeOCR with ease. Its spacious layout gives you enough room to find and copy just the text you want if you only need a section of the document. The only downside of this program is that not many people will need it, as OCR software usually comes standard with most modern printers.

For anyone still wrestling with an old freebie printer they got when they bought their computer or their office, FreeOCR is a lifesaver. It's a light, friendly program that delivers one of the most accurate and efficient OCR readouts you can find.

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3 stars

"free online ocr"

October 14, 2015  |  By JonyGreen11

 |  Version: FreeOCR 5.4.1


if you don't like to install ocr software to your computer, you can try this free online ocr tool to recognize text in images( and convert pdf to text( online free.


support image and pdf

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3 stars

"Free is good"

March 23, 2015  |  By spielmanjr

 |  Version: FreeOCR 5.4.1


1) Free
2) The malware/virus alert it has previously triggered no longer happens
3) Very useful
4) Easy to use


1) Imperfect- Not as good as the software HP used to put out with its printers
2) likes to be fed very clean copies or else it puts out a lesser product


Considering how few decent OCR programs there are and that this one is free I was happy to get it!

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1 stars

"STILL FRAUDULENT .. Not free, but a trial."

March 08, 2015  |  By ganerd

 |  Version: FreeOCR 5.4.1


None I could find, because I HATE FRAUDS!


OBVIOUSLY either the either or the company promoting this fraud cannot tel the difference between a TRAIL and FREE. Their website CLEARLY states "Download a free 30 day TRIAL version of our software ....
Our trials are fully functional and do not leave watermarks the output PDF's so you can use them for 30 days and make an informed buying decision at your leisure."


Sorry I'd rather not do business with anyone who cannot tell the difference between a TRIAL and FREE. It is listed on their site as FREE, yet their site says, "Download a free 30 day trial version of our software" NO ONE IS SO IGNORANT ... thus my categorizing them as "FRAUDULENT."

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3 stars

"Garned's FAKE Malware Alert"

March 07, 2015  |  By greg666666

 |  Version: FreeOCR 5.4.1


I have used this product for years and though it does not always covert due to problems with the files I am using I have never had a problem. The Review on the other hand is just a like to another software scam .. how sleazy ... Don't believe the warnings when they come from such slimy people. Check the link yourself to see.


The product is free...but it does have problems with some groups of characters .. mixing up the order of the text.. not sure why the text is scrambled.


The product works great as a first cut if files are needlessly protected in Adobe.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.4.1
  • Testing with Windows 10 (Technical Preview).
  • Scanning fixes to makes/models of scanner.
  • Better PDF compatibility for PDF Open function.
  • Minor fixes.
Publisher Softi Software
Publisher web site
Release Date March 04, 2015
Date Added March 04, 2015
Version 5.4.1
Category Business Software
Subcategory Document Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements .Net Framework 2.0
Download Information
File Size 10.8MB
File Name freeocr_setup.exe
Total Downloads 808,292
Downloads Last Week 1,318
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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