Google Pushes Open Source OCR

There is a major need for an OSS OCR package, and right now the field is pretty bare. There’s GOCR [sourceforge.net], and a commercial offering called OCRShop, and at least that I’ve run across, that’s about it. Nothing really on par with Omnipage, or other commercial packages for other platforms.

I think there are some really neat applications for OCR that have never really been investigated, because it’s so expensive to build that capability into other products. A free OCR engine that really worked could lead to some very neat book-scanning applications, just for starters. I don’t think that there’s really any integrated packages around for helping people scan books and manuscripts.

Google Pushes Open Source OCR


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