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FreeOCR

By Paperfile Free Editors' Rating

Key Details of FreeOCR

  • Recognize text from images using the open source Tesseract OCR Engine
  • Last updated on 03/04/15
  • There have been 0 updates within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 0 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon
The Download Now link will download a small installer file to your desktop. Remain online and double-click the installer to proceed with the actual 11MB download.

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Dec 9, 2012

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.

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.

General

Release March 4, 2015
Date Added March 4, 2015
Version 5.4.1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements .Net Framework 2.0

Popularity

Total Downloads 979,983
Downloads Last Week 91
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Developer's Description

FreeOCR is a free Optical Character Recognition Software for Windows and supports scanning from most Twain scanners and can also open most scanned PDF's and multi page Tiff images as well as popular image file formats. FreeOCR outputs plain text and can export directly to Microsoft Word format. Free OCR uses the latest Tesseract (v3.01) OCR engine. It includes a Windows installer and It is very simple to use and supports opening multi-page tiff documents, Adobe PDF and fax documents as well as most image types including compressed Tiff's which the Tesseract engine on its own cannot read .It now can scan using Twain and WIA scanning drivers.