OCR (Optical Character Recognition)
and Text Recognition:
Commercial research and products.
This page provides pointers to commercial available products for
machine and hand printed text recognition, pointers to some
evaluation tests and to free OCR solutions.
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Last updated: April 24, 2012
Carla M. Modena
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OCR companies and products for typed and machine printed text recognition
- ABBYY software:
- FineReader, OCR system (standard, professional), FineReader SDK (for Linux too)
- Mobile OCR Engine
Acrobat Capture, OCR, font, and page recognition.
From paper to PDF format. Color, gray level, binary input
- Aramedia provides
- VERUS, standard and professional, Arabic OCR
- Cognitive Enterprises (now see Nuance).
- Creaceed with:
OCR for Mac. Scanning and OCR for iOS
- Aktiv Rekord Hungaria
OCR, ICR, OMR and bar codes
- CTA TextPert DTK from CTA, Ciencia i Tecnologia Aplicada
- Datacap Inc. Data Capture & Forms Processing Software
- Electronic Document Technologies
- EDT OCR and Card Reader Developer's Toolkit
Documents reader, complete page recognition
- TypeReader for
end users and for developers (free trial copy)
- OpenRTK OCR SDK for Mobile and Embedded System
- Idea Technosoft with
- Infty Project, with
- Recognize and translate scientific documents, including math symbols
into LaTeX, etc. It incorporates the use of three OCR engines.
- Free demo.
- IRIS - Office Automation (multiple ICR/OCR engines with voting algorithm):
- Readiris: OCR software
- IRISPen: OCR pen input
- Cardiris: OCR for business card
- Texiris: OCR for UNIX
- Ligature Ltd.,
- Mentalix, Inc.
- Pixel!OCRfamily. Multi-engine text, barcode and handprint
recognition software for UNIX
- Neoptec (they acquired Mimetics)
- Data-Scan form processing
- EasyReader (?)
- NovoDynamics developer of
- VERUS: Middle Eastern language OCR (Arabic, Farsi, Dari, and Pashto)
- ArborScript: indexing and retrieval of scanned document databases
- Nuance (formerly ScanSoft, a
division of Xerox Corp., which
included Caere (which included Calera with WordScan) and Recognita Corporation Hu with Recognita Plus and Recognita Development Toolkit) + Cognitive Enterprises with Cuneiform and Tiger OCR.
- OmniPage and
OmniPage Pro - Optical Character Recognition
- OmniForm - Electronic Forms Creation, Editing and Filling
- ScanSoft SDK ToolKit for Developers (it was TextBridge API)
- Recogniform Technologies, SpA:
OCR, ICR, form identification, form removal. The engine is based
on neural networks
- SDK: DLL, VCL and ActiveX for developers
- Full applications
- TopOCR, OCR Software
for Camera or Smartphone (Windows) (2009)
- SimpleOCR (formerly
- Freeware. Free OCR application and royalty-free OCR toolkit
- Vividata, Inc.. OCR for Unix and Linux
- OCR Shop (based on Caere OmniPage technology)
ICR companies and products for hand printed / hand written text recognition (now also known as HTR)
- A2iA -
Artificial Intelligence and
Image Analysis, with CheckReader (CAR and LAR),
FieldReader, and AddressReader.
Cursive, unconstrained and constrained handwriting and
machine-printed recognition software
- ABBYY software with
FormReader, for handprint form processing
Aktiv Rekord Hungaria -
Forms processing, OCR, ICR, OMR, barcode
- Accusoft Pegasus. with
- Captiva Software.
(= TextWare + Symbus Technology) with
Genesis (was it InScript? - where is it now?) and
FormWare: Forms processing and reading. Captiva Family
- CereSoft Inc.
with DocAgent, FormAgent and FreeStyle Developers Tool-Kit.
Form-processing with freestyle handwriting recognition capability
Comcom Systems, Inc. with ELA Recognition Engine API.
PC based forms processing
- CharacTell Ltd.
with SoftWriting, and iREAD Forms (voting along with the
proprietary engine "ACR");
recognition of unconstrained handprinted notes
- DocuTec with
Docutec Xtract. Now with
- GDI, Inc. with
for handwritten and machine printed characters
- Greensoft with EasyView ActiveX
for Free Form Data Capture, OCR/ICR (based on Kadmos engine for the
character classification task)
- IMPROX Datenverarbeitung GmbH, now named
Systems with FormFile, FormReader. Forms processing,
OCR, ICR, barcode
- Neoptec (formerly Mimetics)
with EasyReader API (?) and
hand-marked form processing. Recognition of handprinted separated
digits or uppercase letters, OCR, barcode, checkboxes
Mitek Systems Inc. with
Mobile. QuickStrokes API. ICR, OCR, forms, CAR
- OpenText, formerly
Captaris Document Technologies
(Captaris acquired Oce' Document Technologies GmbH -
formerly CGK: Computer Gesellschaft Konstanz mbH), with
the basic engine RecoStar.
ICR, OCR and mixed print
- OrboGraph with OrboCAR.
Software-only Courtesy Amount Recognition (CAR),
Legal Amount Recognition (LAR) engine
- Oyster Software, Inc. with
FormsPro for data capture
- ParaGraph International, now in
with CalliGrapher, on-Line Handwriting Recognition System,
and various applications.
WritePad: ICR for Android and Smartphones
Off-Line Handwriting Recognition Systems for cursive handwriting,
unconstrained hand print or a combination of the two
- FieldScript (form field type recognition)
- AddressScript (mailing address recognition)
- re Recognition Technology
with KADMOS, OCR/ICR engine, developer kit
(it acquired Pearson NCS), with NestorReader (formerly OMNItools from
OCR: tests, evaluations, comments
- OCR Techniques in Mail Sorting: A Review of Algorithms, Tech Report, 1984
(it was here: http://www.crc.ricoh.com/~hull/pubs/techrep214_1984.pdf)
- Tests of machine print accuracy - annual reports 1992-1996
With images, ground-truth and performance toolkit
Tests of OCR accuracy on hand printed characters
NIST OCR Databases (NIST)
- OCR Software Review, by A. Albright and S. Hailes
(it was at http://kachina.kennesaw.edu/~mking/is425/productevals/ocr)
- Four OCR packages for Windows
that deliver speed and accuracy. Byte, October 1994
(it was at http://www.byte.com/art/9410/sec12/art4.htm)
- Word for Word. Seven OCR programs are tested.
PC Magazine. January 20, 1998
(it was at http://www.zdnet.com/pcmag/features/ocr/_open.htm)
- Charakterkunde, J. Heyer. PC Professionell (in German). Mai 1998, p. 174-185
(it was at http://www.zdnet.de/produkte/artikel/sw/9805/ocr01-wf.htm)
- OCR software eases text input chores. PC World. July 1999
(it was at http://www.pcworld.com.hk/Comparison/Comp0799.htm)
- Erkennungsdienst, J. Heyer. PC Professionell (in German). Dezember 1999
(it was at http://zdnet15.zdnet.de/produkte/artikel/sw/199912/ocr01_00-wc.html)
- OmniPage versus TextBridge, Gary Coyne, Applelinks
(it was at http://www.applelinks.com/reviews/ocr_tbvomni.shtml)
- An informal OCR comparison, G. Welcher, August, 1997
(it was at http://www.opc.on.ca/doc_img/details/ocr_dtl.html)
- Products Review: Optical Character Recognition Applications.
FineReader Pro 5 and OmniPage Pro X Get the Job Done --
with Your Help, Christopher Breen, Macworld, June 2002
- Products Review:
The Next Generation of OCR, K. Monson. PC Magazine, December 2005. Readiris Pro 10 Corp. Ed. - OmniPage Pro 15 - Abbyy FineReader 8.0 Pro. Ed.
- Products Review:
The Best OCR Solutions, G. Berline. PC Magazine, August 2008. Abbyy FineReader, OmniPage Pro, TypeReader, Adobe Acrobat Pro Extended
- Products Review:
Two OCR packages
for Linux compared. Joe Barr, LinuxWorld, 2003
- Linux OCR: A review of free optical character recognition software
Austin Acton, blog, May 2007
- Linux OCR Software Comparison blog, June 2010
- OCR products comparison TopTen reviews, 2011
Other links e.g. OCR resources, open source OCRs
- Go to
Character Recognition Bibliography
- Go to
Document Analysis Bibliography
- Wikipedia - OCR
- Historical review of OCR research and development Mori, Suen, Yamamoto, Proceedings of the IEEE, Vol 80 No 7 July 1992
- OCR - Optical Character Recognition L. Eikvil, History, Methods and Applications, 1993. (ps.gz)
- OCR page by Tapas Kanungo
- Tesseract OCR
developed by HP and University of Nevada in Las Vegas and open-sourced
in 2005. Now at Google
- Cuneiform OCR
Linux port project. Developed by Cognitive Technologies.
plugin for SpamAssassin to check image attachments
- OCRopus free document
analysis and OCR system (2007)
- OCRad - The GNU OCR Free Software
(or jOCR) -
GNU Public Licensed, OS Independent. Command line.
An Optical Character Recognition program for Linux. Command line.
- CLARA OCR
CLARA OCR - a free (GPL) OCR for Linux
- easy-ocr free, for linux.
- OCRFeeder document layout analysis and third party free ocr
- TopOCR by TopSoft, Mobile OCR for Digital / Cell Phone Cameras (freeware)
- Free OCR free online OCR. Upload your image for OCR.
- Free OCR another free online OCR. Upload your image for OCR.
- PDF Converter another free online OCR service. Upload your image for OCR.
- a list of totally free OCR
Last updated: April 24, 2012
Carla Maria Modena
e-mail: modena (at) fbk . eu
FBK, formerly ITC,
Povo - Trento - Italy.