Optical Character Recognition - recommend any you have used?

  Diemmess 15:38 13 May 2014

I use OCR in the Omnipage version 12 for less and less these days, but it saves me a lot of work when I need to use it. This oldish software is somehow putting its own logo in front of every jpg filename on my hard drive.

Dosen't seem to interrupt normal use or file handling The only way I can be rid of it is to uninstall Omnipage.

Reinstalling brings that tiny blue logo back again.


There is a freebie FreeOCR which "looks" OK

Any experience with that or any other OCR software? I would welcome your opinion.

  Diemmess 17:33 13 May 2014

The Omnipage was a pukka sale from the days when the CD came with it. Watching what others do I have noticed that most seem to be able to use their own choice usually bundled as you say, and no bother.

It is possible that I deleted something I shouldn't have during an aggressive search of the registry where there were several bits of iffy stuff that I did clear.

I'll probably try the freebie when a currant issue of our twice yearly village magazine has been put to bed.

  alanrwood 18:50 13 May 2014

I have found Abbyy Fine reader to be very good, especially the version 9 that comes with most Epson multi function printers.

  morddwyd 19:37 13 May 2014

I have used Textbridge )as well as Abby and Omnipage) for many tears and it ir my favourite.

  Diemmess 14:24 24 May 2014

Thank you everyone.

I tried (twice) removing, CCleaning, combing the registry for all traces of Omnipage and Scansoft, then reinstalling without benefit.

The unwanted association remained, relatively harmless except that backed-up .tib files gave Omnipage as their associated file, which could be awkward if I wanted to know the true association some time!

By coincidence I do have the Abbyy Fine Reader along with an Epson printer, it is version 9 (alanwood). Installed it and it works.

  alanrwood 20:14 24 May 2014

Glad you found Abbyy and hope it does what you want.

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