FreeOCR is a program that includes OCR (optical character recognition) technology, which is used to extract the text of scanned documents or files that have been saved in some image format (tiff, jpg, etc.) or in a PDF Which contains only images and can not be edited.
This is a great advantage for students or anyone who needs to digitize text from books, magazines, photocopies, letters (or any other graphic media) to digital format that can be edited later, as it will save the time needed to type The text of those documents.
FreeOCR uses the Tesseract OCR engine (version 3.01). It allows you to load any file that contains text (by clicking the "Open" or "Open PDF" button), or you can connect a scanner to scan text that is on paper (with the Scan option). The interface is divided into 2 windows: on the left the loaded file is displayed and on the right shows the result after processing (after pressing the "OCR" button). You can select only one section of the page or process it completely, and it supports documents containing the text divided into columns.
The document obtained can be copied to the clipboard, or saved in plain text or exported to Word (RTF or DOC format); It will also be possible to generate a PDF. Previously, you can remove line breaks from more than they have left.
The application supports several languages, some already included in the basic installation (among them Spanish ), allowing to add libraries for other languages that are not in the predetermined list. In the main menu is the option "OCR language" where the corresponding language must be selected.
FreeOCR processes and recognizes the words of documents quickly, fairly accurately and efficiently, although logically it is not infallible as some errors may occur in the recognition of certain special characters, but in general you can get very good results.
FreeOCR 5.4.1 is the latest version of this OCR software available for Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 Preview) for free download. Requires .Net Framework 2.0 or later.