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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 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

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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.


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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.

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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.


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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.

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