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What is the best OCR tool to convert PDF files?
Thread poster: Betty Welker
Betty Welker  Identity Verified
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What is the best OCR tool to convert PDF files (faxes, photocopies, etc., not electronic files) to a Word document? There was some earlier discussion of this topic in this forum, but it's a few years old. At the time, translators seemed to like Abby (sp?) Fine Reader or ScanSoft. What is your current recommendation? Many thanks.

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Vito Smolej
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I'd vote for Abby FineReader Jan 10, 2008

... I can just compare it to what Microsoft put into the "Office Document Image writer" and it is no match to Abby when compared side by side.

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Still the same Jan 10, 2008

I'm still very satisfied with ABBYY FineReader, but I must admit that I've never tried ScanSoft, so I couldn't tell you anything about differences in various areas. ABBYY came with my scanner, and I liked it so much I never looked for anything else.

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OmniPage Jan 10, 2008

I use OmniPage 15 from Nuance (there is now version 16).

It works very well. The interface is very intuitive.

A recent UK computer magazine test rated OmniPage and FineReader as equally good.


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Russell Jones  Identity Verified
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there was some discussion here: http://www.proz.com/topic/92134 , which might be helpful.

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Jan Sundström  Identity Verified
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FineReader is the real deal Jan 10, 2008

Another vote for FineReader, but with initial preparation in Acrobat 8 first (Optimize scanned PDF):
http://www.proz.com/topic/93164

For more basic text stripping, the no-frills Abbyy PDF Transformer is also very able, fast and automatic. I use it in 9 cases out of 10 (and switch to FineReader only when I need the "big gun").

/Jan


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Noe Tessmann  Identity Verified
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Abbyy Jan 10, 2008

Hello,

I'd also say Abbyy Finereader, experts use version 8 for scanning (more resolution options) and version 9 for recognition.


Once I tried Omnipage, but I always ended up with a lot of different fonts and font sizes on one page. Maybe it recognizes too well.

Regards


Noe


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Dubravka Hrastovec  Identity Verified
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Abbyy FineReader Jan 10, 2008

The only one I have ever used. It suits my needs perfectly.

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TextBridge Jan 10, 2008

This is the only one I've used, and I generally happy with it. Of course, the text being scanned must be of sufficient quality for the scanner to read and produce reliable text.

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karim_benahmed
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Omnipage 14 Jan 10, 2008

it's learning period is a bit long and hard, but once it's well configured the results are excellentte.
The only one I've used and satisfied.


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OmniPage 15 Jan 11, 2008

That is what I use and it is really great. It does take some time to get used to it and creating workflows is a little difficult at first, but once you get the hang of it, you can do interesting things with it and it does have output of excellent quality.

All the best!


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ABBYY FineReader & PDF Transformer Jan 11, 2008

are my favorite. PDF Transformer is a stripped version of FineReader (the PDF recognition engine extracted), and in case of PDF with simple layouts, its use is a bit more convenient. FineReader has, of course, much more features and is more useful on complex files.

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Jan Sundström  Identity Verified
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FR8 vs FR9? Jan 11, 2008

Noe Tessmann wrote:
I'd also say Abbyy Finereader, experts use version 8 for scanning (more resolution options) and version 9 for recognition.

Once I tried Omnipage, but I always ended up with a lot of different fonts and font sizes on one page. Maybe it recognizes too well.


Hi Noe and all,

Are you saying that some features are lost when upgrading to FR 9?!
What could Abbyy's reason be for doing that? Did anyone confront them to ask what's going on?

Personally, I use a standalone office scanner, which means that the software isn't involved at all in the scanning stage. It outputs a scanned PDF that I simply open in FR8. So I guess upgrading wouldn't do me any harm then?!

Regarding OmniPage vs Textbridge. AFAIK, Nuance use the very same OCR engine in both products, I guess the feature set (dictionaries etc) and the price is the only difference.

/Jan


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Eleni Makantani
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ABBYY FineReader 9 Jan 11, 2008

After years of struggling with PDF files and amateur OCR software, I accidentally bumped into ABBYY's site last week. I purchased FineReader 9 immediately and I really can't imagine how some other OCR can be better.

I'd definitely recommend it to anyone.


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Noe Tessmann  Identity Verified
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Features gone when upgrading Jan 11, 2008

I don't know why but they always change some feature. From 7 to 8 the function "replace uncertain characters by pictures" in PDF output was gone. It came back in a late upgrade before launching version 9. Now you have just limited resoulution options when scanning (300 - 600 dpi). But it's possble to have two versions at once on your machine.


Regards

Noe

[Edited at 2008-01-11 13:15]


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