Alternatives to ABBYY FineReader for all platforms with any license

  • Tesseract icon


    Tesseract.js is a javascript library that gets words in almost any language out of images. The Tesseract OCR engine was one of the...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • NAPS2 icon


    NAPS2 is a document scanning application with a focus on simplicity and ease of use.

    Open Source Windows

  • (a9t9) Free OCR Software icon

    (a9t9) Free OCR Software

    Free open-source OCR software and web service to extract text from image files and PDF. The application is available as online OCR web...

    Open Source Windows Web / Cloud

  • FreeOCR icon

    FreeOCR Warning

    FreeOCR is a scan & OCR program including the Tesseract free ocr engine, also known as a Tesseract GUI. It includes a Windows...

    Free Windows

  • Scanitto Pro icon

    Scanitto Pro

    This scanner software is lightweight, fast and not overloaded with tons of unnecessary features. Fine-tune your scanner settings, make...

    Commercial Windows

  • Online OCR icon

    Online OCR

    Free Online OCR is a software that allows you to convert scanned PDF and images into editable Word, Text, Excel output formats.

    Free Web / Cloud

  • icon is an online OCR service that allows you to get text from a picture or scanned page.

    Free Web / Cloud

  • TextGrabber icon


    ABBYY TextGrabber easily and quickly scans, translates and saves your chosen text or QR-codes from virtually any printed material. ...

    Commercial Android iPhone

  • GOCR icon


    GOCR is an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) program, developed under the GNU Public License. It converts scanned images of text...

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • ABBYY Screenshot Reader icon

    ABBYY Screenshot Reader

    Screenshot Reader is a smart OCR-screenshot application for capturing text and images from any area on your PC screen and extracting...

    Commercial Windows

  • Readiris icon


    Convert any paper document, image or PDF into editable and searchable digital files (Word, Excel, PDF, HTML, etc.) using Readiris...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • Prizmo icon


    Prizmo 2 is a revolutionary scanning application with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) in over 40 languages with powerful editing...

    Commercial Mac iPhone

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  • OCRopus icon


    OCRopus(tm) is a state-of-the-art document analysis and OCR system, featuring pluggable layout analysis, pluggable character...

    Open Source Linux

  • Omnipage icon


    Powerful OCR technology makes OmniPage 17 the world’s best – and most accurate – solution for repurposing, editing, sorting, searching...

    Commercial Windows

  • OCRFeeder

    OCRFeeder is a document layout analysis and optical character recognition system. Given the images it will automatically outline...

    Free Linux

  • CuneiForm icon


    CuneiForm (OpenOCR) is a text recognition software for printed templates. Manuscripts or PDF-files, the program can not recognize...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • CopyFish icon


    Extract & translate text from images/videos/PDF on any website. Common reasons to extract text from images are if you want to...

    Open Source Web / Cloud Chrome OS Chrome

  • i2OCR icon


    i2OCR is a free online OCR that converts scanned documents, faxes, or screenshots into editable text. i2OCR recognizes multi-column...

    Free Web / Cloud

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  • ZoomReader icon


    In combination with your iOS device's built-in camera, ZoomReader lets you magnify and read printed text by first taking a picture...

    Free iPhone

  • Microsoft Office Document Imaging icon

    Microsoft Office Document Imaging Discontinued

    Microsoft Office Document Imaging (MODI) is a Microsoft Office application that supports editing documents scanned by Microsoft Office...

    Free Windows

  • FreeKapture icon


    FreeKapture give you the option to scan from your scanner, and then save the image: its a free Twain image capture application from...

    Free Windows

  • Anyline icon


    Anyline is a mobile text recognition SDK enabling developers to build text recognition apps without having any knowledge about OCR.

    Commercial Android iPhone Windows Phone iPad Xamarin Studio Unity ... Appcelerator Titanium Apache Cordova

  • Free OCR to Word icon

    Free OCR to Word

    Free OCR to Word is text recognition software that performs all your tedious retyping and recreating work at lightning speed into Word...

    Free Windows

  • YAGF icon


    YAGF, Yet Another Graphical Front-end for CuneiForm, is a graphical interface for CuneiForm and...

    Open Source Linux

  • CloudScan icon


    CloudScan. Free Scanning Software. (Scan to PDF and TIFF Everywhere Easily) CloudScan is a completely free scan application. It...

    Freemium Windows Web / Cloud

  • Chronoscan icon


    Complete suite for document Scanning. Any source: scanners, multifunction printers, e-mails, fax machines, web services or folders. ...

    Free Personal Windows

  • PDF OCR icon


    PDF OCR for 39.95 USD: Editable - Edit Scanned PDF Documents like editing a text file! Easily - OCR PDF To Text Just In Only 2...

    Commercial Windows

  • WatchOCR icon


    WatchOCR is an open source OCR server that creates searchable pdfs from images in a watched folder.

    Open Source Linux

  • Boxoft Screen OCR icon

    Boxoft Screen OCR

    Boxoft Screen OCR is fast and easy-to-use software which helps to extract any area on your screen, recognize every character and then...

    Commercial Windows

  • Scan to PDF icon

    Scan to PDF

    Scan, Print, Fax, Download and Store Microsoft Office, PDF and Text Documents and images. This app turns your iPhone or iPad into...

    Commercial iPhone iPad

  • VietOCR icon


    A Java/.NET GUI frontend for Tesseract OCR engine. Supports optical character recognition for Vietnamese language.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • icon is a free online OCR (Optical Character Recognition) tool. You can use this service to extract text from any image you...

    Free Web / Cloud

  • OmniPage Cloud Service icon

    OmniPage Cloud Service

    The OmniPage Cloud Service is a cloud computing platform built on the OmniPage Capture SDK. It exposes web services that allow for...

    Commercial Web / Cloud

  • SimpleOCR icon


    SimpleOCR is the popular freeware OCR software with hundreds of thousands of users worldwide. SimpleOCR is also a royalty-free OCR...

    Free Windows

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ABBYY FineReader Comments

The best Arabic OCR 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by KimAl
about ABBYY FineReader Jun 2012

I think, ABBYY FineReader is one of the best OCR softwares, especially with Arabic. The feature I really like is retention of the original layout. As far as I know now there are some special offers, so it is very affordable. You can find it here:
Really recomended software.


ABBYY FineReader: a good commercial OCR-tool for pdf-files 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by em4020
about ABBYY FineReader and PDF-XChange Viewer Jun 2011

ABBYY FineReader is one of my two favorite OCR-tools for converting not text-searchable pdf-files in text-searchable pdf-files.
Until April 2011 I have not found a free application able to convert not text-searchable pdf-files in text-searchable pdf-files.
Because I need this function nearly every day, ABBYY FineReader has with about 38 € for the penultimate version ( Version 9 prof.) a very good value for money, if I need the scanning-function+OCR-function.

It is not necessary to buy the expensive newest version of ABBYY Finereader, which costs more than €100.

The PRO-Version of PDF XChange Viewer is another excellent tool for converting not text-searchable pdf-files in text-searchable pdf-files. But it also is not free, the price is 29 €:

I like very much, that i can use the PRO-Version of PDF XChange Viewer as a portable version in difference to ABBYY FineReader, which must be installed with admin rights.