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Optical Character Recognition - OCR Software

Re: OCR software

Microsoft Office 2003 and above for PC/Windows (included on all our public labs) has an option for OCR, known as "Microsoft Office Document Imaging". You can feed it a TIF file and it has an OCR option under Tools. On a Mac you can use Preview to convert most any file into a TIF file (File => Save As). A more detailed guide for performing OCR with Microsoft Office Document Imaging is available here: OCR_Using_Microsoft_Office_Document_Imaging.

Unfortunately all of the licenses for other OCR software have expired. By June 15th we should receive one license for Read Iris Pro. It will be installed on a computer in the Wilson media lab (LIB220).

There are a few on-line OCR solutions, but we haven't tried and we can't vouch for them. Here's a list:
http://www.ocrgrid.org/online-ocr.html
http://www.onlineocr.net/
http://ocrterminal.com/
https://my.ocrnow.com/account/login
http://www.free-ocr.com/
http://www.instantocr.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=53
http://www.p2escan.com/ocrtool.aspx

You can also decide to purchase an OCR solution with personal or departmental funds. Here are some popular ones:
http://www.abbyy.com/ (PC/Windows only)
http://www.nuance.com/imaging/products/omnipage.asp
http://www.irislink.com/c2-646-189/I-R-I-S----OCR-software-and-Document-Management-solutions.aspx
http://www.hamrick.com/vsm.html

Some of them offer free trials so that may suit your need if you just need to do one (or few files).

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