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FreeOCR

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Editors' Rating:
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Average User Rating:
out of 218 votes out of 8 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.4.1
  • Total Downloads:
    866,523
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 04, 2015
  • Price:
    Free

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Editors' Review

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FreeOCR is an optical character recognition scanner program that will read an otherwise un-editable document and churn out copyable text you can manipulate however you like. No matter how big of a scanned or PDF file you have, this program can handle it.

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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.6

    out of 8 votes

    • 5 star 3
    • 4 star 1
    • 3 star 3
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    2.8

    out of 218 votes

    • 5 star 46
    • 4 star 53
    • 3 star 24
    • 2 star 12
    • 1 star 83
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5 stars

"Good free OCR"

December 01, 2016  |  By Windows end-user

2016-12-01 06:01:32  |  By Windows end-user

 |  Version: FreeOCR 5.4.1

Pros

Easy to use. Less than 1 minute to install and convert the first file

Cons

A little bit slow

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5 stars

"Great little program, I love it...."

November 02, 2016  |  By ColinBDS

2016-11-02 10:50:43  |  By ColinBDS

 |  Version: FreeOCR 5.4.1

Pros

I can open and edit my pdf files, as well as files scanned in jpeg etc by my scanner, then convert them to MS Word. Very simple and easy to use. Can't believe it's free.

Cons

I didn't convert every single character, but no worries.

Summary

It converts about 98-99% of characters, I think that is awesome, with different file extensions. I can edit in the program itself. I can also convert to MS Word and edit and add my photos. Great Program, works really well for me so far, I love it.

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4 stars

"Works great for me"

April 11, 2016  |  By johnhprice123

2016-04-11 18:35:03  |  By johnhprice123

 |  Version: FreeOCR 5.4.1

Pros

I plugged this into my computer and scanned a 4 page document. Worked fine. In fact it worked much better than some OCRs I have had in the past. Very accurate, with only a few additional characters at the headings etc. I am pleased with it.

Cons

Did not recognize f and i ( "fi") together or quotation marks (") or apostrophies. (') and added various characters instead.

Summary

I like it better than others I have used and I am pleased with the price - 0.

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3 stars

"Output does not respect the original page"

April 06, 2016  |  By Michael Brice

2016-04-06 03:29:23  |  By Michael Brice

 |  Version: FreeOCR 5.4.1

Pros

Free and uncomplicated

Cons

Makes a mess of the original page

Summary

I have a page containing a report with numbers. The output places each 'token' on a separate line and l,oses the lines of the original document. Product not fit for my requirements.

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5 stars

"Worked GREAT"

March 15, 2016  |  By Joe Smoe 55

2016-03-15 20:32:43  |  By Joe Smoe 55

 |  Version: FreeOCR 5.4.1

Pros

Simple, easy to use, and FREE

Cons

It had some issues with my originals but considering they were very old (50+ years) newspaper articles I thought it did great.

Summary

It is a great little program.

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3 stars

"Free is good"

March 23, 2015  |  By spielmanjr

2015-03-23 16:49:47  |  By spielmanjr

 |  Version: FreeOCR 5.4.1

Pros

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

Cons

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

Summary

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

2015-03-08 19:14:50  |  By ganerd

 |  Version: FreeOCR 5.4.1

Pros

None I could find, because I HATE FRAUDS!

Cons

OBVIOUSLY either the either Download.com 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."

Summary

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

2015-03-07 08:49:59  |  By greg666666

 |  Version: FreeOCR 5.4.1

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Summary

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

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Full Specifications

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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.
General
Publisher Softi Software
Publisher web site http://www.softi.co.uk
Release Date March 04, 2015
Date Added March 04, 2015
Version 5.4.1
Category
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
Popularity
Total Downloads 866,523
Downloads Last Week 80
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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