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Windows 7: I need the best OCR software money can buy

22 Sep 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 
I need the best OCR software money can buy

I have a client that wants his hand written documents scanned to readable, editable text. His handwriting is close to scribbled cursive. I tried gave Abbyy Professional a try but it would not recognize the writing. Is there another option?

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22 Sep 2013   #2

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

ABBYY is about as good as it gets. There are limits to what OCR can do; even when it can read text, there results normally require considerable editing to weed out the errors in character recognition. Results are normally best when reading machine printed text. One has to have a consistent, fine fist (excellent handwriting) to expect OCR to be able to read handwritten text. The closer one gets to cursive, the more errors will creep in until the OCR simply can't read it, period.
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22 Sep 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Thank you for your reply. I tried looking for other OCR and ICR programs and none seem to be able to read scribbled cursive. Heck, even I have a extremely difficult time reading what's written so I doubt any software would be able to. Now I'm faced with the problem of having to fully refund the customer and take a loss because I didn't expect the writing to be impossible to read. And the client being a attorney doesn't help at all either…
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22 Sep 2013   #4

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 0pTicaL View Post
Thank you for your reply. I tried looking for other OCR and ICR programs and none seem to be able to read scribbled cursive. Heck, even I have a extremely difficult time reading what's written so I doubt any software would be able to. Now I'm faced with the problem of having to fully refund the customer and take a loss because I didn't expect the writing to be impossible to read. And the client being a attorney doesn't help at all either…
Ouch!
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22 Sep 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Gonna give OmniPage18 a try. If it works half the time, great, if it doesn't, oh well lesson learned. Who the hell still writes everything on paper these days and have their assistant type it up in word. Seems highly inefficient and redundant to me. First time I ever been to a lawyers office who refuses to use a word processor.
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22 Sep 2013   #6

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

How old is the lawyer?
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23 Sep 2013   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

In his mid to late 70s
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23 Sep 2013   #8

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 0pTicaL View Post
In his mid to late 70s
That explains it. That's the way he learned to do it and refused to embrace more modern technology either because he is a Luddite or is cheap (or both).
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23 Sep 2013   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Either way, I hope I can offer some type of resolution that he'll be satisfied with. These are the worse type of customers.
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23 Sep 2013   #10

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

If nothing else, then scanning in each page so that there is an electronic copy might be of some value.

I've helped a few offices over the years and have come to learn some of the rules/regulations that they operate under. I've never worked with a law office, so I don't know of any special (costly?) precautions that they face. I doubt that it is cost effective to even attempt to scan/convert these handwritten notes to a form that can be edited/searched. If this is a must, then the lawyer might be better off dictating his own notes to a typist. They might complete the project before he keels over :-(
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