Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Software

Some OCR tools are integrated into assistive technology programs such as Kurzweil 1000 and 3000, or WYNN and OpenBook. Of the two powerful software options listed here, ABBYY FineReader Pro is generally considered to be more user friendly, while Omnipage Pro offers greater power and more flexibility for difficult recognition jobs.

ABBYY FineReader 8.0 Professional Edition

ABBYY USA
Phone: +1 510 226 6717 Fax: +1 510 226 6069

Address: 47221 Fremont Boulevard, Fremont, California 94538, USA
$399.00

ABBYY FineReader 8.0 Professional Edition is an easy to learn, easy to use, OCR application. FineReader OCR allows you to convert and edit a variety of paper documents and electronic files, including PDF files and scanned pages of books, magazines, newspapers, legal documents, contracts, faxes, letters, brochures, etc. Upgrade from ABBYY Sprint (comes free with some scanners) for $179.00.

OmniPage Professional 16

Worldwide Headquarters
1 Wayside Road Burlington, MA 01803 USA
Tel: 781-565-5000 Fax: 781-565-5001
$499.99

Precision OCR analysis, advanced layout detection, Logical Form Recognition™ (LFR) technology, and advanced security features quickly turn office documents and forms into over 30 different PC applications for editing, searching and sharing. Custom workflows handle large volumes of documents. Upgrades from Microsoft Office XP Document Imaging cost $150.

If you do not have access to either of these programs, you may want to consider using Adobe Acrobat Professional, or the Microsoft Office XP Document Imaging tool.