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OCR/ICR: 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. 
 

  • OCR companies and products for typed and machine printed text recognition
  • ICR companies and products for hand printed / hand written text recognition (now also known as HTR)
  • OCR: tests, evaluations, comments
  • Other links e.g. OCR resources, open source OCRs

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
  • Adobe
    • 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:
    • Prizmo 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
  • ExperVision. 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 ixtract Platform (ixFormCL, ixTexter, ixNamer)
  • Infty Project, with InftyReader
    • 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., OCR software
    • CharacterEyes
    • SDK
  • MediaSeek
  • 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
    • TextBridge
    • ScanSoft SDK ToolKit for Developers (it was TextBridge API)
  • PrimeRecognition
  • 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
  • ReadSoft
  • Sakhrsoft
    • Sakhr OCR: Arabic OCR
  • TopOCR, OCR Software for Camera or Smartphone (Windows) (2009)
  • SimpleOCR (formerly WOCAR)
    • Freeware. Free OCR application and royalty-free OCR toolkit
  • Visioneer
    • OneTouch OCR (scanners)
  • 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 FormSuite
  • 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 IRIS
  • GDI, Inc. with WindFormOCR, 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 ISIS Knowledge Systems with FormFile, FormReader. Forms processing, OCR, ICR, barcode
  • Neoptec (formerly Mimetics) with EasyReader API (?) and Data-Scan, 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 PhatWare with CalliGrapher, on-Line Handwriting Recognition System, and various applications.
    WritePad: ICR for Android and Smartphones
  • ParaScript with FieldScript (form field type recognition) and AddressScript (mailing address recognition). Off-Line Handwriting Recognition Systems for cursive handwriting, unconstrained hand print or a combination of the two
  • re Recognition Technology with KADMOS, OCR/ICR engine, developer kit
  • ScanTron (it acquired Pearson NCS), with NestorReader (formerly OMNItools from Nestor Inc.)

OCR: tests, evaluations, comments

Other links e.g. OCR resources, open source OCRs
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