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Editorial review

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Ricardo Soria Senior editor

This review applies to version 5.0. The latest version of this software will soon be reviewed by our informers.

As it can be easily deduced from its name, FreeOCR is a free optical character recognition software tool that allows you to extract the text from an image file or a PDF document.
The program includes scanning capabilities so that you can also convert your printed documents into e-text by simply scanning them. FreeOCR uses the Tesseract OCR engine, which was created and is maintained by Google.

The program offers a simple and intuitive user interface that is divided into two panels. The left one is for the source PDF document or image file (which usually comes from your TWAIN or WIA scanner). This panel allows you to rotate the image clockwise and counter-clockwise and to select a particular portion of the image where you want to extract the text from. The right panel, on the other hand, will show you the resulting text after the OCR process. This panel allows you to save the text as a plain text file, export it to MS Word or RTF formats, or copy the text to the clipboard among other helpful options. You can even specify some replacement strings for the program to correct certain OCR errors automatically.

Summing up, FreeOCR is a handy and free OCR tool that will be very helpful to you if you have moderate needs to process documents with OCR technology. The program supports all major image file formats including multi-page TIFF documents. Also, FreeOCR comes with support for eleven popular languages, though you can download over 120 additional ones from Tesseract project's download page. I would definitely recommend this tool for general-purpose OCR tasks.


  • Includes scanning capabilities to transform printed information into e-text.
  • Comes with support for eleven popular languages.
  • Allows you to export the resulting text into MS Word and RTF formats.


  • Does not support scanning into PDF format yet.

What's new in version 5.0

- 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.
- Minor bug fixes.

Publisher's description

FreeOCR is a free Optical Character Recognition Software for Windows and supports scanning from most Twain scanners and can also open most scanned PDF's and multi page Tiff images as well as popular image file formats. FreeOCR outputs plain text and can export directly to Microsoft Word format.

Free OCR uses the latest Tesseract (v3.01) OCR engine. It includes a Windows installer and It is very simple to use and supports opening multi-page tiff documents, Adobe PDF and fax documents as well as most image types including compressed Tiff's which the Tesseract engine on its own cannot read .It now can scan using Twain and WIA scanning drivers.

FreeOCR V4 includes Tesseract V3 which increases accuracy and has page layout analysis so more accurate results can be achieved without using the zone selection tool.

Latest comments

  • 0
    Guest 10 months ago

    This software converts tiff images, but if some error occurs, can I edit them manually?

  • 0
    Guest Last year

    I wanted to take my hand-written notes and convert them into editable text, but I just ended up with a load of images. I was hoping it would be intelligent enough to do it, but it didn't.
    I mean, it makes sense that it would be possible to convert hand-written notes, right?! Sure, you would maybe have to program your style so it knows how to translate your stuff better, but it doesn't have a learning feature. Disappointing.

  • 0
    Guest Last year

    I'm keeping my older version. Even if it can't open PDFs, it weighs less than 3.5 MB, whereas the latest version takes up 39 MB. Since I already have a PDF to WORD converter, I can do without the latest version.