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Optical Character Recognition
« 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.

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Re: Optical Character Recognition
« Reply #1 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.
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Re: Optical Character Recognition
« Reply #2 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.

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Re: Optical Character Recognition
« Reply #3 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

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Re: Optical Character Recognition
« Reply #4 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.


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Re: Optical Character Recognition
« Reply #5 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.
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Re: Optical Character Recognition
« Reply #6 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.
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Re: Optical Character Recognition
« Reply #7 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.
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Re: Optical Character Recognition
« Reply #8 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.
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