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Group test: what's the best OCR software?

The best optical character recognition software you can install

PC Advisor reviews the best OCR software you can install today.

5. ABBYY FineReader 9.0

ABBYY FineReader 9.0
  • Reviewed on: 30 October 07
  • RRP: £89 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

As with OmniPage, you need to use OCR a lot – particularly with such things as digital images – to make the investment in ABBYY FineReader 9.0 worthwhile as an upgrade. However, accuracy in our tests was very good, even with distorted photographs. Serious users will probably find OmniPage better for features, but those handling a large number of documents will appreciate ABBYY FineReader 9.0.

4. Readiris Pro 12

Readiris Pro 12
  • Reviewed on: 11 June 09
  • RRP: £100 for Pro version
  • Rating: Rated 7 out of 10

Provided you don't hand it complex documents with masses of headings, subtitles, you can expect very good results from Readiris Pro 12. The software is quite versatile and should prove a sound addition to the typical office or home. At around £60-£70 for an upgrade version, it's well worth the money for anyone with an older version of the software. £100 for the full package isn't cheap though, and if you're a home user just looking for higher accuracy, you may find the £50 Home edition more attractive.

3. ABBYY FineReader 10 Professional Edition

ABBYY FineReader 10 Professional Edition
  • Reviewed on: 27 January 11
  • RRP: £89 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

Despite its somewhat clunky interface, ABBYY FineReader 10 Professional Edition is easy enough to use - and there's no arguing with the results. Variations of FineReader come bundled with many scanners and multifunction printers, so you may already have it. If not, look for it as part of your product research if you plan on doing OCR. The demo is good for 15 days or 50 single page scans, whichever comes first.

2. Nuance Omnipage Pro 17

Nuance Omnipage Pro 17
  • Reviewed on: 11 June 09
  • RRP: £289 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

If you're still using OmniPage Pro 15, we highly recommend upgrading to Omnipage Pro 17, which offers major improvements in the application's interface and ease of use, and in advanced features. But if you already have OmniPage Pro 16, you may need to take a closer look at whether this latest installment has enough goodies to justify the upgrade. And while OmniPage Pro 17 is clearly intended for workgroups, network users, and other office environments, Nuance also sells a standard (less advanced) version, which may be a better fit for individuals and small-business users.

1. Nuance OmniPage Professional 18

Nuance OmniPage Professional 18
  • Reviewed on: 17 June 11
  • RRP: £300 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

Despite work from Nuance, the user interface of Nuance OmniPage Professional 18 still isn’t quite as easy to use as it might be. Much of this, though, is due to OmniPage being a very powerful program. With a huge number of useful features, plus stunning accuracy, this is an excellent package for those who need the very best OCR has to offer.

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