Attention: The forums will be placed on read only mode this Saturday (Oct. 20, 2018)

During this outage (6:30 AM to 8 PM PDT) the forums will be placed on read only mode. We apologize for this inconvenience. Click here to read details

Browsers, E-mail, & Web Apps forum

General discussion

Best Commercial/Business OCR software

by steve-hamilton / January 23, 2006 12:59 AM PST

Hello everyone. First time posting, but i'm in a pickle.

I work in a small insurance company, and my boss requires me to purchase some OCR software that will convert busy (full of tables) forms into word document formats so he can alter/add information.

we have a Xerox workstation pro 123, all in one system, but the software that came with it (Scansoft Omnipage 2.0) does a piss poor job of the conversion (tables get all messed up, words get jumbled, etc).

I've looked at the Typereader Professional 6.0, but it too doesn't do a very good job....

I've been told to look at the OmniPage Professional 15, but its pretty expensive....even if its only the upgrade...as we have the old version.

i've also looked at the omnipage text bridge pro 11, which is cheaper...but dont know if it performs as well...

if i can assure my boss that the upgrade on the Omnipage Professional 15 is worth it, i might be able to get him to spend the 200 dollars, but the 80 dollars from the textbridge is a lot more affordable...

anyone have any experience or advice as to what i should look at?

Thanks in advance,

Steve Schmelzle

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Best Commercial/Business OCR software
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Best Commercial/Business OCR software
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Harsh reality
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 23, 2006 1:41 AM PST

Even at 99.99% correct that a few errors per page. OCR may not be up to this task.

Bob

Collapse -
errors
by steve-hamilton / January 23, 2006 2:11 AM PST
In reply to: Harsh reality

changing some spelling isn't the biggest problem...its the jumbling and rearranging of the tables that create the biggest problem.

Collapse -
Numbers and tables too.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 23, 2006 2:37 AM PST
In reply to: errors

Since you are going to get errors per page, you don't know where it will strike. OCR is great for filling up databases such as news articles from old newspapers, but your need is above the 99.99% mark.

Bob

Collapse -
Besides the software,....
by Papa Echo / January 23, 2006 7:07 PM PST

..there is the hardware. You need a very good scanner = a high resolution commercial scanner must work together with the software. And... good original source materials.

Popular Forums

icon
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
icon
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
icon
Laptops 21,181 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
icon
Phones 17,137 discussions
icon
Security 31,287 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
icon
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
icon
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

FALL TV PREMIERES

Your favorite shows are back!

Don’t miss your dramas, sitcoms and reality shows. Find out when and where they’re airing!