Alternatives to ABBYY FineReader for all platforms with any license

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    Tesseract

    Tesseract.js is a javascript library that gets words in almost any language out of images. The Tesseract OCR engine was one of the top 3 engines in the 1995 UNLV Accuracy test. Between 1995 and 2006 it had little work done on it...

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  • (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 app, OCR API, or simple to install Windows store application (free to use, open-source and 100%...

    Open Source Windows Web / Cloud

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    FreeOCR

    FreeOCR is a scan & OCR program including the Tesseract free ocr engine, also known as a Tesseract GUI. It includes a Windows installer, and it is very simple to use. FreeOCR supports multi-page...

    Free Windows

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    • Free OCR lacks the options such as recognizing Tables, and having the possibility to command the OCR to look for specific formats. Guest • Jan 2017 Disagree   Agree
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    TextGrabber

    ABBYY TextGrabber easily and quickly scans, translates and saves your chosen text or QR-codes from virtually any printed material. Simply take a picture of the text on 60+ languages or QR-codes and immediately edit, hear it spoken...

    Commercial Android iPhone

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  • 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

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    img2txt.com

    img2txt.com is an online OCR service that allows you to get text from a picture or scanned page.

    Free Web / Cloud

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    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 text from them or just saving as an image. Prize: 9.99 USD. ABBYY Screenshot Reader creates copies...

    Commercial Windows

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    GOCR

    GOCR is an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) program, developed under the GNU Public License. It converts scanned images of text back to text files. Joerg Schulenburg started the program, and now leads a team of developers. GOCR...

    Open Source Windows Linux

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  • CopyFish icon

    CopyFish

    Extract & translate text from images/videos/PDF on any website. Common reasons to extract text from images are if you want to google the text, store it, email it or translate it. Until now, our only option was to retype the...

    Open Source Web / Cloud Chrome OS Chrome

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    Readiris

    Convert any paper document, image or PDF into editable and searchable digital files (Word, Excel, PDF, HTML, etc.) using Readiris 14's Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. Simply scan your paper document using the...

    Commercial Mac Windows

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  • Prizmo icon

    Prizmo

    Prizmo 2 is a revolutionary scanning application with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) in over 40 languages with powerful editing capability, text-to-speech, and iCloud support. Main Features ? Specific Processing for Business...

    Commercial Mac iPhone

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    OCRopus

    OCRopus(tm) is a state-of-the-art document analysis and OCR system, featuring pluggable layout analysis, pluggable character recognition, statistical natural language modeling, and multilingual capabilities. The system is being...

    Open Source Linux

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  • CuneiForm icon

    CuneiForm

    CuneiForm (OpenOCR) is a text recognition software for printed templates. Manuscripts or PDF-files, the program can not recognize, however, but table structures. The language-model is applicable for 20 languages, and the results can...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Omnipage

    Powerful OCR technology makes OmniPage 17 the world’s best – and most accurate – solution for repurposing, editing, sorting, searching and sharing converted documents in any format you choose. * The most accurate conversion in...

    Commercial Windows

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    PDFpen

    Edit PDFs easily with PDFpen! Add text, images and signatures. Make corrections. Fill out PDF forms. Merge, delete and reorder pages. Pro exist version with create and edit PDF forms and table of contents.

    Commercial Mac iPhone iPad

  • OCRFeeder

    OCRFeeder is a document layout analysis and optical character recognition system. Given the images it will automatically outline its contents, distinguish between what's graphics and text and perform OCR over the latter. It...

    Free Linux

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    i2OCR

    i2OCR is a free online OCR that converts scanned documents, faxes, or screenshots into editable text. i2OCR recognizes multi-column documents written in 30+ languages, supports several input image formats, which can be loaded from...

    Free Web / Cloud

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    ZoomReader

    In combination with your iOS device's built-in camera, ZoomReader lets you magnify and read printed text by first taking a picture of an object like a book or menu, then converts the image into text using state-of-the-art Optical...

    Free iPhone

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    Microsoft Office Document Imaging

    Microsoft Office Document Imaging (MODI) is a Microsoft Office application that supports editing documents scanned by Microsoft Office Document Scanning. It was first introduced in Microsoft Office XP and is included in later Office...

    Free Windows

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    FreeKapture

    FreeKapture give you the option to scan from your scanner, and then save the image: its a free Twain image capture application from TSoft that should work on any Windows (98 and on) Twain compliant system. TWAIN is, allegedly, an...

    Free Windows

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  • Anyline icon

    Anyline

    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

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  • 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 documents you can edit on your PC or archive in a document repository. The OCR to Word program...

    Free Windows

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    YAGF

    YAGF, Yet Another Graphical Front-end for CuneiForm, is a graphical interface for CuneiForm and Tesseract text recognition tools on the Linux platform. With YAGF you can scan images via XSane, import pages from PDF documents...

    Open Source Linux

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    CloudScan

    CloudScan. Free Scanning Software. (Scan to PDF and TIFF Everywhere Easily) CloudScan is a completely free scan application. It provides a new, simple way to scan your documents, pictures or photos and save them to mulitpage PDF...

    Freemium Windows Web / Cloud

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    Chronoscan

    Complete suite for document Scanning. Any source: scanners, multifunction printers, e-mails, fax machines, web services or folders. Automatic document classification Data entry with assisted auto fields. Extract text from PDF...

    Free Personal Windows

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    WatchOCR

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

    Open Source Linux

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  • PDF OCR icon

    PDF OCR

    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 Clicks. Fast - PDF OCR has a fast OCR engine, 92% faster than other OCR software. Page Selection...

    Commercial Windows

  • 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 save as TXT file. Price: 27 USD. The smart tool enables you to select text from anywhere on the...

    Commercial Windows

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    VietOCR

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

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    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 a Handy Scanner, Fax, File Storage or an Air Printer in your pocket. It lets you scan high quality...

    Commercial iPhone iPad

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    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...

    Free Windows

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  • Adlib PDF

    Adlib PDF delivers enterprise-class, document-to-PDF conversion software. It offers the highest fidelity PDF rendering engine on the market, with accurate OCR capabilities and intelligent document assembly.

    Commercial Windows Linux Android iPhone Blackberry

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    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 large scale OCR processing of input files of almost any image formats into a wide set of output...

    Commercial Web / Cloud

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    Free-OCR.com

    Free-OCR.com is a free online OCR (Optical Character Recognition) tool. You can use this service to extract text from any image you supply. This service is free, no registration necessary. We also do not need your email address. ...

    Free Web / Cloud

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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: http://finereader.abbyy.com/arabicocrsoftware/
Really recomended software.

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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 €:

http://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-viewer

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.

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