FreeOCR supports scanning from most Twain scanners and can also open most scanned PDF's and multipage Tiff images as well as popular image file formats. FreeOCR outputs plain text and can export directly to Microsoft Word format.[ Detail ]
Free OCR is a document scanning software including the Windows compiled Tesseract free ocr engine also known as a Tesseract GUI. It includes a Windows installer and It is very simple to use and supports opening multi-page tiff documents, Adobe PDF and fax documents as well as most image types including compressed Tiff's which the Tesseract engine on its own cannot read .It now can scan using Twain and WIA scanning drivers.
The Tesseract OCR PDF engine is an open source product released by Google. It was developed at Hewlett Packard Laboratories between 1985 and 1995. In 1995 it was one of the top 3 performers at the OCR accuracy contest organized by University of Nevada in Las Vegas. The Tesseract engine source code is now maintained by Google and the project can be found here: http://code.google.com/p/tesseract-ocr/
FreeOCR is a freeware document scanning software and you can do what you like with it including commercial use. The included Tesseract free OCR engine is distributed under the Apache V2.0 license.[ Instructions ]
After downloading Free OCR double click to install. The software is very simple to use.
Please note that the Tesseract OCR engine requires images at a resolution of 200 dpi or greater and as such it is not suited for reading PC screen shots which are only about 72dpi although we have made some enhancements in V2.3 which will produce better accuracy from low quality image sources. For best results scan you documents at 300 dpi greyscale.[ System Requirement ]
To enable scanning of images you will need a desktop document scanner that uses Twain or WIA compatible scanning drivers.
FreeOCR requires the Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0 or higher
. If you do not have this installed then the FreeOCR installer will automatically scan detect & download this for you (this framework is included with Vista and Windows 7 so only may need installing on XP).[ Related Link ]FreeOCR online helpDetails on installing additional languages into FreeOCR[ Official Download ]