OCR Software Guide



OCR Software Guide





Scanners, Scanner Parts, Document Imaging, Document Management, Forms Processing Solutions

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 OCR software cost about $100 while others cost $500 or more.

Nuance OmniPage OCR software ABBYY FineReader OCR Software IRIS ReadIRIS OCR Software

The main features that differentiate OCR software 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 OCR software with your ScanStore User Account if you prefer to try before you buy.

OCR Software Categories
The OCR software 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 the best overall value for business users, while ReadIRIS is the best OCR software 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 software has very good accuracy, so we recommend going with the one that has particular special features like ReadIRIS Corporate's CardIRIS, FineReader's camera OCR and screenshot reader, or OmniPage Ultimate's form data collection, auto-redaction and barcode filing capabilities.

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:

Compare OCR Software




(Hover to learn more)
SimpleOCR Freeware ABBYY FineReader Pro 11 ABBYY FineReader Corporate 11 IRIS ReadIRIS Pro 14 IRIS ReadIRIS Corporate 14 Nuance OmniPage Ultimate Nuance TextBridge Pro 11 SimpleIndex Desktop 7
TWAIN TWAIN TWAIN TWAIN TWAIN TWAIN/ISIS TWAIN TWAIN/ISIS
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
MRC MRC iHQC iHQC MRC
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
Box version only
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
3 189 189 128 137 137 56 179
Hebrew & Arabic Version Hebrew & Arabic Version OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
1 none none 50 none none none none
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
Desktop Desktop Desktop / Server Desktop Desktop Desktop Desktop Desktop
Freeware Standalone Per Seat / Concurrent Standalone Standalone Standalone
3 Licenses
Standalone Standalone
More Info More Info More Info More Info More Info More Info More Info More Info

ABBYY PDF Transformer +

CVision PDF Compressor 4 Desktop

CVision PDF Compressor 4 Pro

Nuance PDF Converter
N/A N/A N/A TWAIN/ISIS
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
MRC MRC MRC MRC
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
OCR Feature Compare Checked
OCR Feature Compare Checked
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
184 60 60 118
Hebrew
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
none 100 none none
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
Desktop Desktop Desktop Desktop
Standalone Standalone Standalone Standalone
More Info More Info More Info More Info

ABBYY Rec. Server

IRISDocument Server

PaperVision Capture OCR

Digitech OCRFlow

CVision Maestro 5

SimpleIndex Server 7
TWAIN/ISIS N/A TWAIN/ISIS ISIS N/A TWAIN/ISIS
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
MRC iHQC
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
191 137 121 1 60 179
Arabic/Hebrew 2 Add-ons
OCR Feature Compare Checked Asian Add-on
OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
none none none none none none
OCR Feature Compare Checked Multi-CPU Add-on OCR Feature Compare Checked OCR Feature Compare Checked
Server Desktop/Server Desktop/Server Desktop Server Desktop/Server
Volume-based Core-based Named/Concurrent Standalone Standalone Standalone
More Info More Info More Info More Info More Info More Info

Buy OCR Software




Download OCR software instantly when you use the Buy Now buttons

Desktop OCR Software

ABBYY FineReader 12 Professional

FineReader OCR softwareFineReader Professional is a highly accurate and easy to use OCR software 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 OCR software 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 OCR software for business

IRIS ReadIRIS Pro 14

Affordable OCR software for business ReadIRIS OCR softwareand 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 OCR software 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 OCR software 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 OCR Software

IRIS ReadIRIS Pro 14

OCR Arabic, Hebrew and Farsi

ReadIRIS 14 Pro now includes Arabic (PC version only), Farsi, and Hebrew character recognition in their base package. No special version or add-on is required.

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 FineReader Pro 12

FineReader Professional 12 supports Hebrew and Arabic character recognition.

ABBYY FineReader Corporate 12 Arabic

FineReader Corporate also supports Hebrew cand 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 +

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 OCR Software

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 OCR software 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 OCR software 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

OCR Software

ABBYY FineReader 12 Professional

OCR for Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai FineReader Professional 12 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 14 Pro 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 OCR Software

ABBYY FineReader 12 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 OCR software 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 OCR Software

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.