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 test currently available OCR programs and try to define which OCR program is currently the best on the market. We test online and desktop programs.

What OCR software is best?

Currently, the best OCR software from our test are: FREE online OCRFREE online OCRGoogle drive. The following OCR applications have recognized 99%-100% of all text from the image. But the best OCR program which recognizes most of the text and does the best final formatting of text is Abbyy FineReader.

Is OCR software accurate?

In our tests, the best OCR applications recognize about 99%-100%  (total 200 words) of all text from the image. But you must know that it all depends on how text is seen inside your image. If your text is very hard to read the accurate of OCR application can be worse. We recommend that you test some of the best OCR programs from our rating.

What is the best OCR software for Windows 10?

All programs which we test are working on Windows 10 operating system. Independently of your operating system, you can always use the OCR programs which are working on the web so you don’t need to install anything on your computer. Example: FREE online OCR or Ocr space.

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 experience 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
Ocr space 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
OCR space 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 a pen – some blue lines and finally I take my mobile phone and take pictures 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 a word is available here: Juliet Summary.docx for ocr

How we counted the 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 to program format all text after the 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 on my PC. When I try to open the image with open function the image was not loaded inside the program.

The image was not loaded inside the program. I have to try to reduce the 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
  • The final score of the 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 an online preview of text:

Example: 

Download to Word file:

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

So the final result:

  • Program experience: 10 points
  • Word recognized: 199 points
  • Text format after export: 10 points – basic formatting was done (headlines) 
  • The final score of the 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 the program has started I have chose a machine print option.

Then I have to click the select button:

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

The result was not good. The 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 the program was last updated. The OCR service inside the program is very poor.

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

 

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

I have download and install program.

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

For example, only a few words were recognized. You can see the whole .docx file Readiris export to word

 

So the final score for this program. Programs have a modern interface lot of the 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
  • The final score of the program: 10 points

 

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

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

Example:

OCR recognition was very good. One of the good things inside this program is the OCR suggestion tool. If OCR will not recognize word correctly it will show a dialog where you can check the word and help the program to better recognize this word or correct this word right inside the 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 the right place and some text was at the end of the document not on the start of the document.  You can check the 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
  • The final score of the program: 211 points

 

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

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

Example:

Example: text recognized from the 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
  • The final score of the program:  209 points

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

I have upload images to lightPdf to test OCR service. In free mode, LightPdf offers only export to a .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 was 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 to download and install this program. When I try to load the image inside the program the image was not loaded into the program. I even try to run a 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
  • The final score of the program: 5 points

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

I have downloaded this program and install it on my computer. When the program was installed I have a small icon at the bottom-right of my screen. Then I open and rotate test image and call program with shortcuts Windows Key + Q. The select box on 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
  • The final score of the program: 0 points

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

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

Example:

Abby convert to Microsoft Word

The final result is available here: Abbyy_export_to_word

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

 

11. test program OCR Space ( https://ocr.space/)

We have tested a new web OCR program. I have upload test image to website Ocr space.

Example:

 

Final result:

Final result  .txt file ocr_space_final_result.

Final result export to .pdf. ocr_space_export_to_pdf – only text was inserted to .pdf.

  • Program experience: 10 points  (simple)
  • Word recognized: 199 points 
  • Text format after export: 0 points
  • The final score of the program: 209