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 Nuance OmniPage include support for Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Korean character recognition in their base packages.

Both ABBBY and IRIS also offer Asian OCR options in their enterprise server OCR solutionsFineReader Server and IRISDocument Server.