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Title: Optical Character Recognition
Post by: a chesters on Friday 21 May 21 06:15 BST (UK)
Does anyone know of a quality free optical character recognition programme. I had one on the old, Vista, computer, but have changed to a windows 10 machine.

Which one it was on the old machine I have no idea, and I must have downloaded it, as I do not have a CD for it.

Any assistance would be very gratefully received. I have looked on the internet, but am not sure just how genuine the "reviews" might be.

A Chesters
Title: Re: Optical Character Recognition
Post by: Guy Etchells on Friday 21 May 21 06:56 BST (UK)
Really it depends what you want the software to OCR but on the whole I would probably suggest trying SimpleOCR or FreeOCR.

There are also a plethora of online OCR engines where the processing happens online, but of course there are/may be obvious security implications uploading personal information to these.
Cheers
Guy
Title: Re: Optical Character Recognition
Post by: a chesters on Friday 21 May 21 07:25 BST (UK)
Thanks for the prompt reply Guy.

I simply want to be able to transfer certain written records from paper to the computer, to go with other records, so that I can have all the information regarding a certain subject in the one place.

Are the two you suggest downloaded  onto the PC so that they are not on line?

Again, many thanks for the information.

AC
Title: Re: Optical Character Recognition
Post by: Guy Etchells on Friday 21 May 21 07:41 BST (UK)
Thanks for the prompt reply Guy.

I simply want to be able to transfer certain written records from paper to the computer, to go with other records, so that I can have all the information regarding a certain subject in the one place.

Are the two you suggest downloaded  onto the PC so that they are not on line?

Again, many thanks for the information.

AC

Yes
Cheers
Guy
Title: Re: Optical Character Recognition
Post by: Michael J on Friday 21 May 21 09:38 BST (UK)
If you have an earlier version of MS Office it includes ocr in Office Tools, ref G - - - search below:

Dating back to Windows 2003 and earlier, Microsoft Office Document Imaging (MODI) which is the same as OCR was a feature installed by default. It was able to convert the text in scanned image to a Word document. However, it was removed in Office 2010 and it is yet to be brought back.

Title: Re: Optical Character Recognition
Post by: HarryW on Friday 21 May 21 10:50 BST (UK)
Don't you have an OCR bundled with your scanner software?.   All the scanners I have used over the years did.
Title: Re: Optical Character Recognition
Post by: wee Hugh on Friday 21 May 21 13:12 BST (UK)
An expensive Hewlett-Packard scanner (now defunct) came with OCR,
but the Canon 'Pixma' printer-and-scanner-in-one doesn't, as far as I can see.
Title: Re: Optical Character Recognition
Post by: arthurk on Friday 21 May 21 14:07 BST (UK)
but the Canon 'Pixma' printer-and-scanner-in-one doesn't, as far as I can see.

That might depend on the model - I don't think my previous Pixma had it, but according to the manual my current one (TS5150) does.

Some other programs have OCR capability. I've used it occasionally in PDF-XChange Editor, which I think takes it from a pdf file; I also discovered it in MS OneNote, though I don't actually use that - I seem to remember that needed a jpg file to work from.
Title: Re: Optical Character Recognition
Post by: HarryW on Friday 21 May 21 14:24 BST (UK)
My Canon TS5050 has got OCR as part of a bundle of software.

Without the printer in front of me, I think it is part of My Image Garden.
Title: Re: Optical Character Recognition
Post by: Chris Doran on Friday 21 May 21 16:01 BST (UK)
The popular IrfanView image viewer (free) includes scanning (ctrl/shift/A or from File menu) and OCR (F9 or from Options). You need a plugin for OCR, but I think it's one of the bundled ones.

Scan the document, select an area if not all, press F9 and the selected text appears on a yellow background. Left click on that and it's OCRed into a text window from which you can save to a file or copy to the clipboard. Some setups are required the first time you go through this process.
Title: Re: Optical Character Recognition
Post by: a chesters on Saturday 22 May 21 04:27 BST (UK)
Thank you all for your input.

HarryW, I have an Epson Stylus Office TX300f, which I purchased in 2009 :o I have checked the manual, and there is nothing about OCR :-X

Michael J, I think I have an old MS Office, but will have to check in my archives to see.

Chris Doran, I have IrfanView, so I will check it out, and see what I can sort out.

Again, many thanks to all of you.

AC
Title: Re: Optical Character Recognition
Post by: Dyingout on Monday 13 September 21 17:17 BST (UK)
Yes!
 If your pixma printer came with My Image Garden the OCR is inbuilt
Title: Re: Optical Character Recognition
Post by: Zaphod99 on Saturday 25 September 21 11:25 BST (UK)
Chester, a word of warning. Are you sure you have a realistic expectation of OCR scanning? Unless the document meets a certain standard you might find that you have an excessive amount of editing to do. I often find and that using Google dictate and just read the document you often get a much higher standard of reliability than using OCR. This message has been dictated without editing. You will notice one or two tiny errors which I have left in deliberately. This shows you how good speech recognition currently is.