Best OCR Software
You’ve come to the right place. First, let’s make sure we’re clear on what OCR software is. Secondly, let’s take a look at some of the most popular OCR software solutions available that would best fit your needs.
What is OCR Software?
OCR stands for “optical character recognition.” In the most simple way, OCR software takes an image or PDF with text in it and transforms that image into editable text. So, if you had really important paper or form, you could scan this document with a scanner, and then use OCR software to take this scanned document and make it an editable document.
People who use OCR software might want to store digital copies of important documents or they just might want to be able to take a printed document and be able to edit it on their computer. Whatever your goals are, for personal use or business, there is a solution available for you.
The Most Popular OCR Software Available
Here are a few of the most popular document conversion and OCR software available used by individuals and businesses.
Nuance OmniPage (Recommended)
Nuance, the creators of OmniPage, claim it to be “the most powerful & accurate OCR software ever” at a 99.9% accuracy rate in 123 different languages.
FineReader Express will be the cheapest ($49), but also your most basic and stripped down of the three. It’s great for scanning in images of documents and turning them into editable text. Unlike the basic version of OmniPage 17, you aren’t able to convert a PDF into editable text unless you have the Professional ($399) or Corporate ($599) version.
As you would expect, the professional and corporate versions also support hyper-threading which processes your conversions much more quickly. However, only in the corporate version are you able to install and distribute it over a network of computers and workstations.
What About OCR Software for Mac Users?
Sadly, Nuance doesn’t offer a Mac version of their standard and much cheaper OmniPage 17. They only offer OmniPage Professional X for Mac ($499). However, Abbyy does offer FineReader Express for Mac, which is significantly cheaper at $99, and actually took the winning award at Macworld 2010 for “Best Professional Software.”