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  • 4.0 stars

    "Amazing free OCR quality"

    February 1, 2012  |   By julesagogo

    Pros

    Easy to use
    Clean interface
    EXCELLENT OCR quality

    Cons

    When opening large documents it did not give any feedback about what was happening (whether it was waiting for the document to open, or whether it could not open the document).

    Does not OCR full documents.

    Summary

    Amazing product for free. I had started writing a review saying it wouldn't open password protected documents due to getting no feedback when trying it, but I just wasn't being patient enough. It loaded my 133 page document after a while, and performed great OCR on the page. The interface is very easy and intuitive. Enhancements could include a "find text" feature and a "go to page" feature for working in large documents. I'm finding myself flipping between Acrobat and hitting the "next page" button a lot in a 133 page document. Overall - love it for free.

    Updated on Feb 1, 2012

    Okay - this is really weird. It WON'T directly open password protected documents, but I was able to trick it to open them by:

    1. Creating a simple Word document with a text paragraph and printing it to PDF (I used PrimoPDF set for printing). Let's call it Test.PDF.
    2. Opening Test.PDF in FreeOCR to test the OCR, then closing it.
    3. Opening Test.PDF in Acrobat Pro to put a password on editing it, and saving it.
    4. Opening the password protected document that I really want to OCR (let's call it UserGuide.PDF) in FreeOCR - it won't open, and FreeOCR doesn't do anything (give feedback) - it just sits there.
    5. Opening Test.PDF in FreeOCR will bring up UserGuide.PDF.

    SO STRANGE. I've been able to repeat this process, and it works.

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