When you scan a document that has text or numeric data on it, you are able to read and understand what is written in the scanned image. However, to a computer, the resulting image file is just as meaningless an assortment of pixels as a landscape photo. In order to transform this information into an editable format that you can search through, copy, and modify without retyping it manually, you will need Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software.
There is a wide variety of OCR software available. While they all share the ability to convert images of machine printed (not handwritten) text or numbers into an editable format, the various software often have different features, accuracy, prices, and language options.
Asian OCR, which is the ability to convert some combination of East Asian characters to editable formats, is becoming more mainstream. Asian OCR was first introduced by ABBYY FineReader. All versions of FineReader include support for Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Thai characters. The latest versions of ReadIRIS and Kofax OmniPage include support for Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Korean character recognition in their base packages.
Tagalog (Filipino) speaking companies have an advantage of larger variety of OCR options. ABBYY FineReader, Kofax OmniPage, and IRIS ReadIRIS are your options for Tagalog OCR (Filipino OCR), giving a good choice fitting your size and document volume needs.
Northern Asia is known for having plenty of unique languages. OCR market for this region is dominated by ABBYY. If you are looking for Buryat OCR (Bargu-Buryat OCR), Yakut OCR (Sakha OCR), Tuvinian OCR, Tatar OCR, Bashkir OCR, Altaic OCR, Nenets (Yurak) OCR, Selkup OCR, Mari OCR, Mordvin OCR, Udmurt OCR, Khanty (Ostyak) OCR, Mansi (Vogul) OCR, Chukchee (Chuuk) OCR, and Koryak OCR then FineReader Pro and FineReader Corp are your only choices.
Mongol documents can be processed by ABBYY and IRIS OCR products. Unfortunately, only Cyrillic based Mongol scripts are supported. ABBYY FineReader and IRIS ReadIRIS are your main options of Mongol OCR.
A bit different situation is with North European languages from Uralic group, like Finnish (Suomi) or Estonian (Eesti). ABBYY FineReader, IRIS ReadIRIS and Kofax OmniPage are all supporting them. And you have much larger choices of Finnish OCR (Suomi OCR) and Estonian OCR (Eesti OCR).
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Add-on license is available for ABBYY FineReader Server to add Chinese, Japanese & Korean (CJK) language support. Thai and Vietnamese character recognition language pack are now included in ABBYY FineReader Server licenses.
Kofax OmniPage Standard converts paper, picture, and PDF files into editable documents to save you considerable time and money by eliminating retyping. Your documents look just like the original – complete with text, tables, and graphics. OmniPage uses superior character accuracy to precisely format your documents so you can easily make changes.
Kofax 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.