Free Image OCR

Free Image OCR Free

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  • Main Window
  • About Window
  • Tools Window
  • Italic Mode OCR
  • Add Password
  • Main Window

Editorial review


Ioana Dumitrescu Senior editor

The following review written by one of the Software Informer contributors applies to version 6.3
Free Image OCR is a simple application which recognizes the text within an image or a PDF file for performing further edits.

This program can be used both for extracting the text within a scanned document, and for converting PDFs into text files.
The interface is quite common, and the menu resembles the usual text editors. I appreciated the fact that the program offers the opportunity to view simultaneously the original image and the result obtained after extracting the text. Thus, these two can be compared more easily. Another thing to consider, is that the application is free. To edit the text obtained, it can be exported to a Microsoft Word file or other text editor. Besides the basic function, namely the recognition of text, this tool allows you to set or remove PDF passwords. You can also apply a digital signature to your file. For this option, among other things, you need to fill in the fields ’PFX file name’ and ‘PFX password’. Since many users are not familiar with what a PFX file is, some additional information would have been appropriate which, however, are missing from the program’s Help.

It is a free program, where you are limited to using it successfully with documents containing printed text, a background as simple as possible and high visual quality. For those containing handwritten fonts or special tables you will not get the best results. Neither Italics are fully recognized. I want to emphasize that this is a problem common to most free OCR applications.


  • It recognizes many graphic formats;
  • It allows adding/removing passwords;
  • Easy-to-use.


  • No handwriting recognition, special fonts and no tables.

Publisher's description

Free Image OCR allows the possibility to recognize the text contained within any scanned document or image and can make it fully selectable, searchable and editable. When the documents with which you usually work are in scanned PDF or image format, you can always resort to Free Image OCR to carry out these processes. Free Image OCR has a very quick optical recognition engine, and allows the possibility to convert any PDF into a text document without problems. The produce is reduced to the simple fact of opening the PDF documents and then clicking on "OCR". Our new technology using mega pixel cameras to digitize books and newspapers generates high quality preservation images, which greatly increases OCR accuracy.

Free Image OCR is designed with a text editor which allows you to edit the OCR result text without MS Word. In text window, you are allowed to add or correct text. In addition, it is available to use editing tools to clear text, remove line breaks, copy all texts to clipboard and export text into MS word for other usages. Free Image OCR saves you much time and money by sharing electronic documents instead of stacks of paper files.

Free Image OCR integrates preview functionality for users to open, view, and print any PDF documents on windows operating systems with preview panel. At the same time, some metadata information like title, author, subject, etc. can be added to your PDF files to complete your PDF properties and identify your PDF document in search results. Through the PDF previewer, you may preview any of your PDF files with support for zoom in/out and Fit Width/Height/Page or switch between pages with First, Previous, Next & Last buttons.

Free Image OCR supports almost all kinds of image formats like JPG/JPEG, TIF, TIFF, BMP, GIF, PNG, EMF, WMF, JPE, ICO, JFIF, PCX, PSD, PCD, TGA and many more. Any text within images and PDF files can be output to plain text formats or MS Word.

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