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Free simple OCR scanner program for Windows?

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#1 barneysplash


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Posted 03 April 2013 - 01:48 PM

Hi all

I am looking for a simple program to help a friend get the most from her scanner.

I need a program that can take a page of text and when I scan
it into the computer with the scanner, convert the text to an editable form.

This is called an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) program.

A lot of scanners come with such a program, but my friend does
not have any discs that came with the scanner.

I have done some research and found that the system called Tesseract
is good, but does not come with an easy to use Windows interface.


I tried the program "Free OCR" but I do not like the spam programs it forces
you to install with the main program, or the fact that it keeps a copy
of the scanned document in the program folder C:\freeocr

I then tried Lime OCR from Google, but this kept on crashing.

Does anyone know of a simple and reliable freeware OCR program for Windows?



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#2 Hawkeye4


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Posted 04 April 2013 - 01:27 AM

Have they (or you) gone onto the scanner manufacturors website to see if the software is listing there?  My printer/scanner (HP) has all the software there.

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 02:08 PM

Have they (or you) gone onto the scanner manufacturors website to see if the software is listing there?  My printer/scanner (HP) has all the software there.

The scanner in question is a HP 7400c. On the HP website there is only firmware updates

and big-fixes for this scanner. There is no copy of the installation disk or scanning programs
available for download Sad.gif 



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Posted 08 April 2013 - 06:23 AM

It may be helpful to download the User Guide  at HP website.  It is a PDF file that requires Adobe Reader or a program of that type.  The ScanJet 7400c has preset buttons marked E-mail Photo, E-mail Document, Fax, Copy, File, OCR.


Quoting from an old review (2001)  HP's main interface, PrecisionScan Pro, pops up onscreen in case you want to change the presets, such as which OCR application to use or whether to crop photos automatically before e-mailing them.

Edited by TulsaRose, 08 April 2013 - 06:31 AM.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 02:05 PM

FWIW:  Maybe OCR has improved since I last used it...but I would try to get the best program, rather than the cheapest (nothing is cheaper than "free") due to quality variations.  I found editing OCR output to be worse than typing in terms of irritation when I tried a few programs.



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Posted 10 April 2013 - 02:37 PM

I have to agree with Louis, In the past I used so so OCR and the editing drove me crazy.


I'm using the OCR that came with the Fujitsu scanner. It works pretty Good. ABBYY FineReader for ScanSnap ™ 4.1. Nice scanner. It works with power from a USB port or a Wall Wart. Faster scan speed on the Wall wart. Double sided scan right to PDF for example. or to a RTF document or word etc. Not free I'm afraid as I suspect that part of the purchase price was the software.


I don't have much use for OCR but Did some stuff for my brother. It came out much better than the last time I tried OCR.




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