FreeOCR 5.02

A useful and lightweight application developed to provide you with the ability of scanning and extracting text from images and PDFs
FreeOCR is a tool that can extract text from image files and PDF items.

Smooth installation process and simple looks

The application is simple to install and, more importantly, free to use. The user interface is standard, and there are no special features to be found here.

Importing options

You can open an image or PDF file by either using a scanner, or looking for it in the computer. The content of the source file will be displayed in the first window, and after clicking "OCR" button, you will immediately see the result in the second window.

Editing and exporting features

The output text can be edited (which is not necessarily a good thing), and you have to press the small red "x" button to clear screen each time you insert new information. Otherwise, texts will be delimited by a single line break, and if you accidentally click "Remove line break," you won't get to use an Undo button. Output text can be saved as a text file or Word document.

Testing its performance

The conversion quality is not so great. We first tried extracting text from a PDF file. Everything was in place, except for special characters found in other languages than English, that weren't even taken into account (this type of character is replaced by blank).

In the next step, we opened Windows' Paint, and wrote some text in lowercase and uppercase, as well as symbols. FreeOCR didn't manage to get it right, at least not all of it. Although it was the same text displayed in lowercase and uppercase, the two results were completely different, and the symbols were not accurate either.

System CPU and memory usage is pretty high for such a small software application. At least the conversion time is fast, and there are no errors.

Bottom line

In conclusion, if you want to extract text from images and PDFs, then you can at least try FreeOCR. Just make sure to verify results (although it would be faster if you transcribed the whole text yourself).

Reviewed by , last updated on July 16th, 2014

file size:
10.8 MB
developed by:
Softi Software
license type:
operating system(s):
Windows XP / Vista / Vista 64 bit / 7 / 7 64 bit / 8 / 8 64 bit / 2003
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FreeOCR - The main window of FreeOCR allows you to load the PDF file you want to extract text fromFreeOCR - The OCR menu enables you to select which page to extract text from during the entire processFreeOCR - From the File menu, you can load a new PDF file or scan a document and open in in the applicationFreeOCRFreeOCR
What's New in This Release:
  • Automatic scan cleanup to improve OCR quality
  • Twain scanning fixes to stop freezing on some makes/models of scanner
  • Windows 8.1 testing
  • Changed automatic updater to direct the user to our download page becauase the updater.exe was getting flagged as a false positive with a couple of AV engines
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Application description

FreeOCR is a an efficient and reliable piece of software meant to help you scan image files and PDFs,  enabling y...


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