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By LEAD Technologies, Inc.

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APP FOR DEVELOPERS – see note below.

The LEADTOOLS OCR application can perform Optical Character Recognition (OCR) on images, extract text from images, and convert images to various document formats with superior accuracy and speed.

• Convert and export images to a variety of document formats, including: PDF, DOCX, Text, SVG, and many more.
• OCR images in English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian.
• Select portions of images to export as raw text.

NOTE: This is one of the applications that is provided with source code in LEADTOOLS, the award-winning SDK for programmers. This application is built using the LEADTOOLS Advantage OCR engine. This app is intended to show developers some of the many capabilities that they can integrate into their own applications using LEADTOOLS. For more information or to download a free evaluation SDK of our full toolkit, including the source code for this app, visit:

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What's New in Version 2.0

• Lots of improvements to OCR recognition results and bugs fixes.


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Customer Reviews

Does exactly what it promises.

I had 90 pages of scanned PDFs to respond to in litigation I'm involved with. They're court documents on complex forms. You have to submit paper copies to the court, paper copies to the other party, and retrieve paper copies from the court clerk if you need them. But they're all stored electronically. That's like planting a garden, emailing pictures to your friends, and then inviting them to share a harvest feast with you based on their printouts.

This OCR software turns it back into at least the aroma of a fresh harvest. Granted, none of the formatting is retained and some of the lower case Ws are upper case (almost all of the ones at the beginning of a word), but if you need a scanned document to copy and paste from this free tool is priceless.

There are weird bugs. The Open dialog never closes. The save dialog doesn't let you change the name of the document unless you click the [ ... ] button to browse file system for its destination. But none of that gets in the way of using this tool to brute force your way into a document you hate for not being textual.

Amazing yet quirky

I use this app infrequently, but so far, whenever I need it, it works well, with just a few quirks. I have not been able to figure out how to select only certain zones on a document to apply the OCR, so there is still plenty of editing that needs to happen afterwards. I also wish it could understand the concept of word wrap. The recognition is absolutely INCREDIBLE. I rarely have to edit the actual words, only the formatting.

Awesome, but interesting formatting

This app saved my life, becuase I could scan large documents into my Pages document. The only issue I found was that the text document incorporated new paragraphs into its formatting and therefore I would have to go through and delete all the unnecessary paragraphs in the Pages document. With a couple words here or there misspelled… This app is a Lifesaver!

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  • Free
  • Category: Developer Tools
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  • Version: 2.0
  • Size: 12.7 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor

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