Free Image OCR

7 MB   5,448 downloads
7.5.2 Ad-supported      
4.2/5 32
Straightforward application that uses a fast optical recognition algorithm in order to convert any scanned PDF or image files into editable text

editor's review




Free Image OCR is an intuitive piece of software that lets you turn your scanned PDF documents and image files into text which can be edited and searched.

Supported image files include TIF, JPG, PCX, BMP, ICO and PNG, among many others. Items can be added to the list using the file browse only, since the drag-and-drop function is not supported.

It is possible to edit document properties when it comes to the description (e.g. title, author), initial view (e.g. navigation tab, magnification, page layout) and custom (add name and value), as well as view security and font information.

You can zoom in and out while previewing the document or image, use OCR, save text to a TXT file, remove line breaks, copy all text to the Clipboard, as well as export it to a Microsoft Word document with support for OCR. Other tools of Free Image OCR let you add and remove passwords, and apply digital signatures.

The software application runs on a pretty low amount of CPU and RAM, so it should not put a strain on computer performance or interrupt normal user activity. We have not come across any issues throughout our evaluation, since the tool does not hang, crash or pop up error dialogs. It delivers good results.

To sum it up, Free Image OCR proves to be a reliable software application when it comes to converting PDFs and images to files that can be edited and searched, and it should please all types of users, regardless of their level of experience.

Free Image OCR was reviewed by Elena Opris
Last updated on June 20th, 2014
Free Image OCR - The main window of the application contains the PDF Preview tab where you can load PDF files and manipulate them with zoom optionsFree Image OCR - The OCR tab is where you can load PDF files or images and convert the content into plain textFree Image OCR - The Tools tab enables you to add or remove passwords and apply a digital signature to your PDF file, also allowing you to view the security detailsFree Image OCR - Applying a digital signature allows you to identify and authenticate the information or to validate that the content was originalFree Image OCR - You can customize your document's description by adding a title, specifying the author's name and mentioning a subjectFree Image OCR - Accessing the Initial View tab, you can set the layout and magnification of pages, then choose to hide or view menu bars, titles and windowsFree Image OCR - You can customize your PDF document by simply introducing names and values