What is OCR? It’s short for optimal character recognition. ICR is a form of OCR but meant for reading handwritten characters. OCR is essential in any business process where documents are scanned and extracted for text or metadata in order to classify them.
From five years of experience with OCR engines, the following are the recommendations in order:
- OpenText RecoStar (Capture Recognition Engine) + Design Studio
- Abbyy – They also provide a screen reader for screen-scraping terminals
- Nuance Omnipage
There are also open source, free OCR engines such as Tesseract, which was released by staff from UNLV oddly enough.
Surprisingly, there are many modern libraries that do on-the-fly OCRing on mobile phones. Such technology has many benefits for both the consumer and business user.