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Best OCR Software For Windows 10 (Comparison List)

Updated April 18, 2023
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Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software has become an essential tool for C# developers and big companies, as it allows for the quick and accurate conversion of scanned documents, images, or PDFs into editable and searchable text. Windows 10 offers a variety of OCR software options, each with its unique set of features, pros, and cons. In this article, we'll explore the best OCR software solutions for Windows 10, and introduce IronOCR, a powerful OCR library for C# developers.

ABBYY FineReader

ABBYY FineReader is powerful free OCR software that is widely recognized for its exceptional accuracy in recognizing text from various document formats. The software offers a wide range of features, including document scanning, image processing, and text recognition, making it an ideal choice for C# developers and large companies looking to streamline their document management processes.

With ABBYY FineReader, users can easily convert scanned documents, PDFs, and digital images into searchable and editable files such as Word, Excel, and PDF. The software uses advanced OCR technology to accurately recognize text, tables, and graphics, even from low-quality scans or documents with complex layouts.

Pros

  • High-accuracy text recognition
  • Supports over 190 languages
  • Batch processing capabilities
  • Excellent PDF editing tools
  • User-friendly interface

Cons

  • Relatively expensive compared to other options
  • Potentially resource-intensive on lower-end systems

How to Use

To get started with ABBYY FineReader, download and install the software. Open the application and choose the desired document format for scanning. Import the file, select the language, and click on the 'Recognize' button. Once the OCR process is complete, edit and save the output as required.

Adobe Acrobat Pro DC

Adobe Acrobat Pro DC is a popular PDF management tool that offers a wide range of features, including a built-in OCR (Optical Character Recognition) function. The software is designed for both individuals and large companies looking for an all-in-one solution for creating, editing, and managing PDF documents.

Acrobat Pro DC is a part of the Adobe Document Cloud suite of software. It offers advanced tools for creating and editing PDFs, converting various file formats into PDFs, and even merging multiple PDFs into a single document. The software also provides an intuitive user interface and comprehensive PDF editing tools that allow users to add, delete, and modify text, images, and other elements of the document.

The built-in OCR feature in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC enables users to recognize text from scanned documents or images and convert them into editable and searchable PDFs. The OCR technology used in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC is highly accurate, and it can recognize text in various languages, including English, French, Spanish, and more.

Pros

  • Reliable OCR capabilities
  • Seamless integration with other Adobe products
  • Comprehensive PDF editing and management tools
  • Cloud-based storage and collaboration features
  • Regular updates and improvements

Cons

  • Expensive subscription-based pricing model
  • OCR capabilities might be limited compared to dedicated OCR software

Readiris

Readiris is powerful and versatile OCR software that offers high-quality text recognition and supports a wide range of file formats. It's designed for both individual users and large companies, making it a great choice for C# developers looking for an OCR solution that can both handle various document types and scale effectively

One of the key features of Readiris is its ability to recognize text from scanned documents, images, and PDF files with high accuracy. The software supports multiple languages, such as Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, and can handle complex layouts and fonts. Hence, it can function as an OCR scanner.

Readiris supports multiple file formats as output formats, including PDF, DOCX, XLSX, and HTML, which means that users can choose the output format that best suits their needs. The software also provides a user-friendly interface that is easy to navigate and customize, making it an ideal choice for users of all levels of expertise.

Pros

  • High recognition accuracy
  • Supports over 130 languages
  • Batch processing capabilities
  • Direct export to various file formats and cloud services
  • Reasonable pricing

Cons

  • The user interface may seem outdated
  • Lacks advanced PDF editing tools

IronOCR: C# OCR Library

IronOCR is a powerful OCR (Optical Character Recognition) library specifically designed for C# developers. It offers high-performance OCR capabilities and seamless integration with .NET applications, making it an excellent choice for big companies that require custom OCR solutions built into their applications or workflows.

It has an advanced OCR engine, which provides high accuracy and speed in recognizing text from various document types, including paper documents, PDFs, and images. It supports over 120 languages, including Asian languages such as Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

IronOCR is designed for easy integration with .NET applications, and it provides comprehensive documentation and sample code to help developers get started quickly. It also offers various customization options, allowing developers to set up custom OCR processes, configure OCR settings, and create custom workflows according to their specific needs. IronOCR supports multiple formats and multiple languages as input.

IronOCR also provides advanced features such as barcode reading, image processing, and text extraction, which can help developers create more robust and efficient applications. Iron OCR can export to a range of output formats, including plain text, searchable PDFs, and Microsoft Word documents.

Benefits of IronOCR

  • Designed specifically for C# and .NET applications
  • High OCR accuracy
  • Supports over 125 languages
  • Easy to integrate with existing projects
  • Comprehensive documentation and support

How to Use

To use IronOCR in your C# project, first install the IronOCR NuGet package:

Install-Package IronOcr

After installing the package, you can use the following sample code to perform OCR on an image or scanned document:

using IronOcr; 
var ocr = new IronTesseract();
using (var input = new OcrInput()) { 
  input.AddImage("attachment.png"); 
  input.AddPdf("report.pdf"); 
  OcrResult result = ocr.Read(input); 
  string text = result.Text; 
}  
using IronOcr; 
var ocr = new IronTesseract();
using (var input = new OcrInput()) { 
  input.AddImage("attachment.png"); 
  input.AddPdf("report.pdf"); 
  OcrResult result = ocr.Read(input); 
  string text = result.Text; 
}  
Imports IronOcr
Private ocr = New IronTesseract()
Using input = New OcrInput()
  input.AddImage("attachment.png")
  input.AddPdf("report.pdf")
  Dim result As OcrResult = ocr.Read(input)
  Dim text As String = result.Text
End Using
VB   C#

The first line of the code imports the IronOcr namespace, which contains classes and methods required for OCR.

Next, a new instance of the IronTesseract class is created and stored in the variable ocr. IronTesseract is a class that provides advanced OCR functionality, including support for multithreading and automatic image correction.

The using statement is then used to create a new instance of the OcrInput class, which is used to define the input for the OCR process. Inside the using block, two files are added to the input object using the AddImage and AddPdf methods. These files are "attachment.png" and "report.pdf", respectively.

After adding the files, the Read method is called on the IronTesseract object and passed the OcrInput object as an argument. This method performs the OCR process on the input files and returns an OcrResult object, which contains the OCR output.

At last, the OCR output is extracted from the OcrResult object and stored in the "text" variable, which is a string containing the text extracted from the input files. You can further customize the OCR process and manipulate the results using the extensive features provided by the IronOCR library.

Conclusion

Selecting the best OCR software for Windows 10 depends on your specific requirements, budget, and technical expertise. ABBYY FineReader, Adobe Acrobat Pro DC and Readiris are all excellent choices for big companies looking for standalone OCR applications. However, if you need a powerful OCR library for seamless integration with your C# and .NET projects, IronOCR is a perfect choice.

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