It would not be an exaggeration to say that modern technology is wonderful and Computers is the most useful boon of technology to us that facilitates us in our daily life. Computer programs have made everything very easy and accessible by making astonishing changes in every field of the current era.
The combination of a good OCR software, camera mobile phone or Digicam is not less than a magic wand. We can use this magical wand to extract text from images accurately and quickly and the best thing about a feature rich software is that you don’t need to laboriously retype and encode the data repetitively. A good OCR software can recognize characters and identify it from the other scanned images to extract text in correctable and editable form.
Optical character recognition programs are widely used as a form of data entry from printed paper data records, whether passport documents, invoices, bank statements, computerized receipts, business cards, mail, printouts of static-data, or any suitable documentation.
There are both free and paid OCR software available to use But I’ve compiled a list of the best and free OCR software taking its usefulness into consideration. I’ve added both desktop and online OCR programs to this list. All mentioned free OCR software to convert images into text are free of any malware, adware, bloatware and other things. Let’s go through today’s list of 6 free and best OCR software for Microsoft Windows users.
You can learn more about OCR at WikiPedia.
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Microsoft OneNote also can be used as an OCR software. There is an option named Copy Text From Picture to extract text from images. The good news is that Microsoft OneNote recently has been made free to use.
Generally Google Docs is known as a free Web-based application for creating, editing documents and spreadsheets. But It would not be wrong to say that very few of Google Docs users know about its OCR feature that can extract text from images. Google Docs supports over 65 languages.
FreeOCR by paperfile.net is another great piece of software to extract text from images and supports scanning from most Twain scanners. This Optical Character Recognition and scanning Software is free to use for both personal and commercial use. FreeOCR allows you extract text from scanned PDFs and multi page Tiff images and other famous image file formats.
FreeOCR uses Google’s Tesseract OCR engine and available for Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10 except RT and Metro. This free to use multi language OCR software puts 11 languages at your disposal.
gImageReader is an open source Optical character recognition software that uses Google’s Tesseract OCR engine. This open source OCR software is designed for Microsoft Windows and Linux operating system users. This free to use software to extract text from images, scanned documents and multi page PDF files comes packed with automatic page layout detection, options to define and adjust recognition regions, import images from local hard disk, scanning devices, clipboard and screenshots and built in spell checking feature for output text. There is a shortcoming in it, It only supports English language.
Boxoft Free OCR is another free to use OCR software. You can use this freeware software to extract text from graphical files. While my test, It could not extract text from handwritten notes. But you can connect Boxoft Free OCR to a scanner. As well as there is no option for PDF files.
Boxoft Free OCR supports 8 languages and is available for Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10.
OnlineOCR.net is a web based OCR application to convert images to text. This online service is free to use for everyone with no limits. OCR application can convert a JPG, BMP, TIFF, GIF file into Word, Excel and Text output formats. This free to use the online OCR service supports 46 languages. Maximum input file size is 100 MB.
At the end, I do hope you liked today’s list of 6 OCR software, I would like to hear from you which OCR software do you use? or let me know about any other good OCR software that I did not add to today’s list of 6 best and free OCR software to convert images into text.
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