Document OCR


Document OCR





Document OCR Guide




There are several OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software solutions available to convert scanned images to text, Word, Excel, HTML or searchable PDF. The differences between them can often be obscure, leaving many to wonder why some Document OCR cost about $100 while others cost $500 or more.

Nuance OmniPage Document OCR ABBYY FineReader Document OCR IRIS ReadIRIS Document OCR

The main features that differentiate Document OCR are:

- Character recognition accuracy
- Page layout reconstruction accuracy
- Support for languages
- User interface design
- Output file formats (Word, Excel, PDF, eBook, etc.)
- OCR speed and support for multi-core CPUs
- Batch processing modes
- Advanced PDF encryption or compression
- Special features for niche projects

Because of the infinite combinations of document types, OCR engines, project requirements and special features, it may be possible that one engine will perform better with your particular documents than another. Use our handy OCR feature comparison chart to determine which OCR program best meets your requirements. ScanStore provides demo downloads for most Document OCR with your ScanStore User Account if you prefer to try before you buy.

Document OCR Categories
The Document OCR guide is divided into the following categories:
Applications | OCR Servers | MAC OCR | PDF Converters | Personal
Hebrew/Arabic/Farsi OCR | Chinese/Japanese/Korean/Thai OCR

And The Winner Is...

FineReader 12 OCR Optical Character Recognition
The OCR experts at ScanStore have tested the latest versions of FineReader, OmniPage, ReadIRIS, CVision PDF Compressor, TextBridge and SimpleOCR and we consider ABBYY FineReader/strong> the best overall value for business users, while ReadIRIS is the best Document OCR for under $150. 
The key deciding factors were:

- User interface design
- Page layout reconstruction capabilities
- Extensive language support
- Engine stability when processing large files
- Availability and quality of technical support

Though other testing labs have ranked OmniPage's overall accuracy slightly higher, we find the difference is nearly negligible. All modern OCR applications have very good accuracy, so we recommend going with the one that has particular special features like ABBYY FineReader's screenshot reader or ReadIRIS's CardIRIS included in the Corporate version.

If you would like to try them out yourself, ScanStore offers free demo downloads for ReadIRIS and FineReader. Nuance does not provide demos for its OCR products.

Businesses with many documents to process should use our SimpleIndex batch document scanning software with the FineReader OCR engine to scan and OCR large batches of documents. Barcode and OCR can also be used to sort and file documents into folders, databases or SharePoint.



OCR Data Capture Solutions




data capture OCR forms processing ICR handprint recognition OCR can also be used to automate data entry from forms, surveys, invoices and other documents. Handwriting recognition (ICR) solutions are also available. For more information, check out these links:

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Desktop Document OCR

ABBYY FineReader 12 Professional

FineReader Document OCRFineReader Professional is a highly accurate and easy to use Document OCR that includes host of features including digital camera OCR, intelligent document layouts, image enhancement, barcode recognition, and command line integration. FineReader is our pick for Document OCR because its document layout retention will save you much time in reformatting documents you convert for editing.

ABBYY FineReader 12 Corporate

FineReader Corporate Edition offers unique concurrent licensing that makes it possible for many users who need occasional use of OCR to share a small pool of active licenses. With accuracy comparable to OmniPage, superior technical support services, and a user interface that many users find preferable, we think FineReader Corporate is the best choice of Document OCR for business

IRIS ReadIRIS Pro 14

Affordable Document OCR for business ReadIRIS Document OCRand home users. ReadIRIS Pro provides a very accurate OCR recognition rate at a low cost, but still has some of the advanced features that higher priced professional Document OCR includes. The main limitation is that the Pro version is limited to documents under 50 pages.

IRIS ReadIRIS Corporate 14

Adds support for files over 50 pages, business card recognition, as well as automatic processing of hot folders.

Nuance OmniPage Ultimate

Nuance OmniPage Ultimate Document OCR download

OmniPage Ultimate has several unique features that make it stand out for a variety of applications. Some of these include auto-redaction, SharePoint integration, automatic filing with barcodes, PDF auto-bookmarking, form data collection and MFP support. Most of these new features are not available in the Standard edition. Compare OmniPage Versions.

CVision PDF Compressor Desktop

CVision PDF Compressor

PdfCompressor Desktop Edition (OCR) is a more economical version of PdfCompressor Professional (OCR), designed for lower-volume users. This version requires files to be processed individually and files must not exceed 100 pages. An excellent choice for someone who needs the power, but not the volume.

CVision PDF Compressor Professional

CVision PDF Compressor

PdfCompressor produces the most efficient image documents possible for high volume scanning environments by combining highly accurate OCR, advanced file compression, and batch PDF conversion. PdfCompressor can compress scans by a factor of 10-100, enabling documents to be stored, transmitted, accessed, and hosted more efficiently and less expensively.


Arabic, Farsi & Hebrew Document OCR

IRIS ReadIRIS Pro 14

OCR Arabic, Hebrew and Farsi

ReadIRIS Pro Document OCR with added support for Arabic (PC version only), Farsi and Hebrew character recognition.

IRIS ReadIRIS Corporate 14

Adds the ability to recognize files over 50 pages, business cards and monitor a hot folder to automatically process images in the background.

IRISDocument Arabic Language Pack

Enables Arabic and Farsi character recognition in the IRISDocument high-volume server OCR solution.

ABBYY FineReader12 Professional

FineReader Professional supports Hebrew and Arabic character recognition.

ABBYY FineReader 12 Corporate

FineReader Corporate also supports Hebrew and Arabic character recognition.

ABBYY Recognition Server

Hebrew and Arabic languages are available as an add-on to the ABBYY Recognition Server high-volume OCR solution.


PDF Converters

ABBYY PDF Transformer +

ABBYY PDF Transformer 3 Pro

ABBYY PDF Transformer's intuitive, versatile, multilingual tool enables you to easily convert any type of PDF into editable formats with the original layout and formatting retained.

CVision PDF Compressor - Desktop
Cvision PDF Compressor Desktop Edition

PdfCompressor Desktop Edition (OCR) is a more economical version of PdfCompressor Professional (OCR), designed for lower-volume users.


CVision PDF Compressor - Pro

Cvision PDF Compressor Desktop Edition

Using the latest in image compression technology PdfCompressor makes the most compact, Web-friendly PDF files available.


Nuance PDF Converter Pro 7

PDF Converter Professional 7

Nuance PDF Converter Professional is the complete PDF solution for business users, offering an unmatched combination of creation, editing and conversion features.


Server Document OCR

SimpleIndex batch document OCR

SimpleIndex Batch OCR

SimpleIndex combines ABBYY FineReader OCR technology with powerful pattern matching features to extract useful data from OCR text and use it to file documents automatically. Perfect for small to mid-sized businesses that need to digitize many documents at once. Also supports other labor-saving technologies like barcode recognition, zone OCR and database lookups.

OCR results can be saved to text, MS Word or searchable PDF and PDF/A files. Data can be saved to CSV (Excel), any SQL database, embedded in folders and filenames or used as file SharePoint 2010 metadata.

Affordable desktop and server licensing with no pay-per-click makes SimpleIndex the most cost effective software of its kind!

ABBYY OCR Recognition Server

ABBYY Recognition Server

Innovative server-based Document OCR for performing centralized enterprise-wide OCR processing. Processor license allows anyone on the network to submit files for OCR. Complex XML job specifications can be submitted to control output. Support available for Arabic and Asian languages.

IRISDocument Server

IRISDocument Server OCR

IRISDocument Server is a lower cost solution compared to recognition server, but lacks some of the more advanced features and has slightly lower accuracy.

Several versions are available with varying monthly page processing limitations, letting you scale your solution to meet your budget requirements. Asian, Arabic and Hebrew language packs are also available.

CVision Maestro PDF OCR Server

CVision Maestro

Innovative server-based Document OCR CVISION Maestro Recognition Server has been engineered and designed for industrial strength, corporate volume scanning & OCR needs. Maestro provides a flexible OCR solution delivered from a centralized server which enables organizations to easily integrate into their existing document and imaging workflow, while providing multiple workflow accessibility allowing users to perform many image processing functions beyond OCR.

Digitech Systems PaperVision Capture OCR

PaperVision Capture OCR

Designed for service bureaus and large scanning departments, PaperVision Capture OCR by Digitech brings an uprecedented level of efficiency and power to information capture. Work with everything, implement any custom process you want, and track any statistic you need. Provides index value population and document break insertion as an automated process.

Chinese, Japanese, Korean, & Thai

Document OCR

ABBYY FineReader 12 Professional

OCR for Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai FineReader Professional includes Chinese, Japanese, and Thai languages in their base package. No special version or add-on is required.

ABBYY FineReader 12 Corporate

FineReader Corporate includes Chinese, Japanese, and Thai character recognition in their base package. No special version or add-on is required.

IRIS ReadIRIS Pro 14

ReadIRIS Pro Document OCR now includes Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese and Korean character recognition in their base package. No special version or add-on is required.

IRIS ReadIRIS Corporate 14

ReadIRIS Corporate version is the same as Pro but with the ability to recognize files over 50 pages, business cards and monitor a hot folder to automatically process images in the background.

IRIS ReadIRIS Pro 14 for MAC

IRIS ReadIRIS Corporate 14 MAC


IRISDocument Server Asian Language

Add-on that enables Chinese, Japanese and Korean character recognition in the IRISDocument server OCR solution.

ABBYY Recognition Server

Add-on license is available for ABBYY Recognition Server to add Chinese, Japanese & Korean (CJK) language support. Thai character recognition language pack is also available, but is sold separately from CJK.


Apple MAC Document OCR

ABBYY FineReader 12 Professional for MAC

ABBYY FineReader Professional for Mac creates editable, searchable files and e-books from scans, PDFs and digital photographs. The most accurate OCR available for OSX, its unmatched recognition and conversion eliminates retyping and reformatting. Sophisticated yet remarkably intuitive, FineReader has an easy-to-use interface that makes even the most complex tasks simple.

IRIS ReadIRIS Pro 14 for MAC

Affordable Document OCR for Macintosh users using the latest version of the IRIS OCR engine.

IRIS ReadIRIS Corporate 14 for MAC

Adds support for files over 50 pages, business card recognition, as well as automatic processing of hot folders.


Personal Document OCR

SimpleOCR

Our own freeware OCR application provides acceptable accuracy for those who just need to convert a few pages and can't justify the cost of commercial OCR software. Developers can use the command-line and SDK versions to integrate SimpleOCR with their custom applications.

 
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Welcome to SimpleOCR

SimpleOCR is the popular freeware OCR Software with hundreds of thousands of users worldwide. SimpleOCR is also a royalty-free OCR SDK for developers to use in their custom applications.

If you have a scanner and want to avoid retyping your documents, SimpleOCR is the fast, free way to do it. The SimpleOCR freeware is 100% free and not limited in any way. Anyone can use SimpleOCR for free--home users, educational institutions, even corporate users.

ReadIRIS Document OCR If your documents have multi-column layouts, non-standard fonts, poor quality or color images, you will need one of our commercial Document OCR to get an accurate read. Our Document OCR Guide compares desktop and server OCR solutions from several major engines, including ABBYY FineReader Document OCR ABBYY, IRIS, Nuance (formerly Scan Soft) and more.

Our imaging solutions website, ScanStore.com offers demo downloads and online ordering for many of these applications with your ScanStore User Account. We encourage you to try the SimpleOCR freeware and see how it works with your documents. If you need better features and accuracy for more demanding applications, please come back and find your Document OCR at ScanStore.

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