Some Optical Character Recognition software are able to identify tabular data and convert it into either an embedded table or a spreadsheet file, such as Microsoft Excel. The data has to already be in a recognizably tabular format, that is to say divided into distinct cells, preferably but not necessarily divided by a visible border. Once a table is identified, the software will automatically recreate the cells in a spreadsheet file or in an embedded spreadsheet, depending on the output file type chosen on export.
OCR Software comes in many different types, which vary in price range based on their features, speed, and accuracy. The OCR experts at ScanStore have tested the latest versions of FineReader, OmniPage, ReadIRIS, CVision PDF Compressor, and SimpleOCR and we consider ABBYY FineReader the best overall value for business users, while ReadIRIS is the best OCR software for under $150.