FreeOCR

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 206 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.2
  • Total Downloads:
    727,374
  • Date Added:
    August 29, 2012
  • File Size:
    411.27KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,789
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7

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Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    1.9

    out of 52 votes

    • 5 star 5
    • 4 star 7
    • 3 star 3
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 35
  • All Versions

    2.9

    out of 206 votes

    • 5 star 43
    • 4 star 52
    • 3 star 21
    • 2 star 12
    • 1 star 78
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  • 1 stars

    "Malware, Malware, Malware...Run Forrest...RUN!!!!"

    September 05, 2014

    Version: FreeOCR 4.2

    Pros

    None at all...total Malware

    Cons

    This is the most Malware infected program I have ever installed. Even after running Malwarebytes Pro to remove all the infections this program gave me, I am still having my Chrome Search engines modified and my home page modified. This website just lost a lifetime customer.

    Summary

    Nothing positive to say.

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  • 5 stars

    "This is the best OCR program I have used...Bar None."

    August 26, 2014   |   By amadon

    Version: FreeOCR 4.2

    Pros

    Easy to set up and easy to use with many great features. Absolutely zero malware issues as mentioned by some other reviewers although I should say I downloaded the program directly from the publishers website.

    Cons

    I really have not found a single problem with the performance.

    Summary

    It is exactly what I was searching for.

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  • 4 stars

    "Works OK Not Malware if acquired elsewhere"

    August 19, 2014   |   By BOBRGR

    Version: FreeOCR 4.2

    Pros

    OCR's some file types with reasonably low error rate
    Easy to use..

    Cons

    If your use cnet...even cnet direct download, you'll probably get a malware warning...I did too [See below]
    OCR of .png file produced utter gibberish
    Doesn't preserve formatting like columns.

    Summary

    I used this on only one file so far..so this may not apply to you. I saved an image of historic congressional approval as a .png image. I downloaded FreeOCR using Cnet direct download...it downloaded an installer that sought out other files to download...AVAST screamed "malware site" and blocked part of the download. I then downloaded FreeOCR from softpedia Full download of program 10.8mb. No malware warning when I installed that.
    I tried it on the .png file and got gibberish. I then printed that same image file to a .pdf and tried FreeOCR on the .pdf...the results weren't perfect...if it's important..proofread and compare to source...but it was probably 98% correct and the errors weren't hard to spot.

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  • 1 stars

    "Malware rubbish"

    May 24, 2014   |   By chrisrap

    Version: FreeOCR 4.2

    Pros

    Never got a chance to try the actual OCR software.

    Cons

    Full of malware which gets installed even if you decline all third-party products in the initial phase of the install.

    Summary

    Despite declining all invitations to install third-party products during the initial phase of the install they have hidden 2 other malwares in the later stage of the install. I noticed when my PC ground to a halt and so I crashed out of the installer but still found a browser search hijack and another malware had installed themselves. Both uninstalled OK but CNET shouldn't be encouraging this bad practice ... other third-party software should NOT install by default otherwise it is malware.

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  • 1 stars

    "Malware alert!"

    May 12, 2014   |   By chylld

    Version: FreeOCR 4.2

    Pros

    Nothing at all

    Cons

    Installs a bunch of malware and hijacks browser search engine. Also fiddles with browser settings, especially the startup behaviour (bad if you rely on your browser remembering your windows/tabs from last session)

    Summary

    AVOID. This software should be removed from cnet asap. Reported multiple times but cnet has not taken action.

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  • 1 stars

    "Malware Nonsense! Don't get this!"

    May 10, 2014   |   By sephoratrading

    Version: FreeOCR 4.2

    Pros

    The actual OCR program did manage to convert my scanned document into text rather accurately as far as the word content is concerned. It doesn't actually format the text well though. Very simple without many bells and whistles. Not worth it considering the malware though.

    Cons

    MALWARE! Without any option to ignore, this program installed V-Bates application and a "Search Protect" application by Conduit. It hijacked all my browsers, changed all their settings (including my settings to keep my tabs open on exit, I lost a lot of tab history because of this), and I started getting random ad popups that ruined my original navigation. Maybe the FreeOCR software itself is well-intentioned, but they should not have allowed these bloatware programs to be bundled with it.

    Summary

    DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS!!! I saw it had a high download count, but that must have been from previous versions. There are other options out there. AVOID THIS ONE!!!

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  • 1 stars

    "Pure Malware"

    April 16, 2014   |   By unboltedfork

    Version: FreeOCR 4.2

    Pros

    no redeeming qualities

    Cons

    Program doesn't work...just translates text into garbage characters. Hijacks your browser and installs malware.

    Summary

    Do not download this!

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  • 1 stars

    "Nothing but Malware"

    April 15, 2014   |   By scorpiomaj27

    Version: FreeOCR 4.2

    Pros

    Never got to use the OCR, but got my search hijacked and about a dozen warnings and blocks from ESET NOD32. On the bright side, my NOD32 protected me for the most part, except I was dumb enough to hit ALLOW a couple times.

    Cons

    This is nothing but malware and a firefox search hijacker of the search.conduit variety.

    Summary

    DO NOT DOWNLOAD.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great freeware!"

    March 22, 2014   |   By MarcusVRS

    Version: FreeOCR 4.2

    Pros

    Free and simple, delivers what it promises!

    Cons

    None, it couldn't be better!

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  • 1 stars

    "Bad download system and malware"

    March 17, 2014   |   By pmlang01

    Version: FreeOCR 4.2

    Pros

    None. I could never even get the program loaded.

    Cons

    When I tried to download, I kept being diverted to other programs to download. I was never able to load the OCR program, and I ended up with malware hijacking my internet browser. I wish I'd known where to look for the reviews before I ever touched this.

    Summary

    I will NEVER, NEVER, EVER download anything from this site again.

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 4.2
    Version 4.2 adds: Multi page Twain Scanning, OCR whole document in one go, Uses Tesseract V3 for higher accuracy, Windows 8 compatible, Automatic updater, Text post processing.
    General
    Publisher Softi Software
    Publisher web site http://www.softi.co.uk
    Release Date August 21, 2012
    Date Added August 29, 2012
    Version 4.2
    Category
    Category Business Software
    Subcategory Document Management Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7
    Additional Requirements .Net Framework 2.0
    Download Information
    File Size 411.27KB
    File Name freeocr.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 727,374
    Downloads Last Week 1,789
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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