Best OCR programs test

In our work we are currently using Abbyy as our main OCR program. Because OCR programs are getting better and better every year. We decided that we will make some test wich OCR program is currently best on market. We test online and desktop programs.

Final results of OCR program testing:

Until today, we have included 10 most popular OCR programs in this test. (We are regularly updating this list with new programs)

General results:

Program experiance Word Recognized 199 total Formating after export into docx Final score
Abbyy FineReader 10 194 15 219
FREE online OCR 10 199 10 219
OmniPage 10 196 5 211
Google drive 10 199 0 209
Readiris 7 3 0 10
Simple OCR 5 0 0 5
LigthPdf 5 0 0 5
Boxoft Free OCR 5 0 0 5
Capture2Text 0 0 0 0
FREE OCR program 0 0 0 0

 

Results per word recognized:

Word Recognized 199 total
FREE online OCR 199
Google drive 199
OmniPage 196
Abbyy FineReader 194
Readiris 3
Simple OCR 0
LigthPdf 0
Boxoft Free OCR 0
Capture2Text 0
FREE OCR program 0

 

So how we test OCR program.

We print one of famous story Romeo and Juliet on our printer. Then we make some coffee stain on this paper draw over text with pen – some blue lines and finally I take my mobile phone and take picture of that text. For the extra hard work I rotate my mobile phone and create some extra shadows on this picture.

So the final result is here (.jpg file 3.4 MB size):

 

Scanned picture for OCRT test

Scanned picture for OCRT test

The source file in word is available here: Juliet Summary.docx for ocr

How we counted final results:

  • 10 points   of rating there was a user experience of program,
  • 199 points  1/point per correctly recognized word –  how many words were correctly recognized from this  picture,
  • 20 points How program format all text after final export option.

For the comparison of plan text we have use website: https://copyleaks.com

1. test FREE OCR program from ( http://www.paperfile.net/ )

I have download and install this program to my PC. When I try to open image with open function the image was not loaded inside program.

Image was not loaded inside program. I have try to reduce image size to 1.3 MB and convert it to .PNG but there was no success with loading image inside this OCR program :/

 

So the final score for this program – nothing was working.

  • Program experience: 0 points
  • Word recognized: 0 points
  • Text format after export: 0 points
  • Final score of program: 0 points

 

2. test FREE online OCR program from ( https://www.onlineocr.net/)

So I have upload image to this service:

After convert I receive online preview of text:

Example: 

Download to Word file:

You can check final export to word – here: free_online_ocr_to_word.docx

So final result:

  • Program experience: 10 points
  • Word recognized: 199 points
  • Text format after export: 10 points – basic formatting was done (headlines) 
  • Final score of program: 219 points

Overall experience with this service is quite good. You have some free ocr recognitions inside free account – without registration. If you want you can register and buy more OCR recognition.

 

3. test Simple OCR program from ( https://www.simpleocr.com/)

I have download and install program.

When program has start I have chose machine print option.

Then I have click select button:

After that I just add new page and import image from file option.

The result was not good. Program didn’t recognize any of word.

Example:şimple ocr final result

 

Saving to Word (.doc) failed completely. Result SimpleOCR to Word SimpleOCR export image to (.doc)

Preview:

So the final score for this program – I think that program is outdated – old. I didn’t find when program was last updated. The OCR service inside program is very poor.

  • Program experience: 5 points
  • Word recognized: 0 points
  • Text format after export: 0 points
  • Final score of program: 5 points

 

4. test Readiris program from ( https://www.irislink.com/)

I have download and install program.

After import I rotate image inside program. After import I export into word  (.docx) the result was not very successful.

Example only few words were recognized. You can see whole .docx file Readiris export to word

 

So the final score for this program. Programs has modern interface lot of future for working with different types of files. But on our test OCR recognition was very poor.

  • Program experience: 7 points
  • Word recognized: 3 points
  • Text format after export: 0 points
  • Final score of program: 10 points

 

5. test OmniPage program from ( https://www.nuance.com)

I have download and install program. When I open program and import test image program automatically rotate image.

Example:

The OCR recognition was very good. One of good  things inside this program is OCR suggestion tool. If OCR will not recognize word correctly it will show dialog where you can check and help program to better recognize this word or correct this word right inside program.

Example:

Final result inside word .docx file:

 

So the final score for this program. The OCR recognition inside this program was very good. But when  we export this text to Word .docx the formatting of text was not 100% correct. The image was not on right place and some text was at the end of document not on start of document.  You can check final result in Word here. But overall experience with this program was very good.

  • Program experience: 10 points
  • Word recognized: 196 points
  • Text format after export: 5 points
  • Final score of program: 211 points

 

6. test Google drive ( https://docs.google.com)

I have upload image to my google drive. Then I open same image with Google Docs

Example:

Example: text recognized from image inside Google Docs

 

 

So the final score for Google Drive OCR.  The OCR was 100% all words were correctly recognized. Only weak point is that formatting is not supported.

  • Program experience: 10 points
  • Word recognized: 199 points
  • Text format after export: 0 points
  • Final score of program:  209 points

7. test online LigthPdf ( https://lightpdf.com)

I have upload image to lightPdf to test OCR service. In free mode LightPdf offers only export to .txt file. To test there OCR engine that was fine for us.

Example:  

After convert I have download .txt file inside no text were added. No word were recognized.

 

  • Program experience: 5 points
  • Word recognized: 0 points
  • Text format after export: 0 points
  • Final score of program: 5 points

 

8. test program Boxoft Free OCR (freeware)( http://www.boxoft.com/free-ocr/)

I have download and install this program. When I try to load image inside program the image was not loaded into program. I even try to run program with Administrator right try different image … The program was not working on my computer.

Example:

 

  • Program experience: 5 points
  • Word recognized: 0 points
  • Text format after export: 0 points
  • Final score of program: 5 points

9. test program Capture2Text ( http://capture2text.sourceforge.net/)

I have download this program and install it on my computer. When program was installed I have small icon at bottom-right of my screen. Then I open and rotate test image and call program with shortcuts Windows Key + Q. The select box in screen appears I select text on test image but there were no results with OCR recognition – no words were recognized.

Example:

  • Program experience: 0 points
  • Word recognized: 0 points
  • Text format after export: 0 points
  • Final score of program: 0 points

10. test program Abbyy FineReader ( https://www.abbyy.com)

I have download this program and install it on my computer. Then I try directly convert to word.

Example:

Abby convert to Microsoft Word

Final result are available here: Abbyy_export_to_word

  • Program experience: 10 points  (simple)
  • Word recognized: 194 points 
  • Text format after export: 15 points (very good formatting paragraf, headlines very correct. Only fonts and top images is missing )
  • Final score of program: 219