LinuxWorld: Two OCR Packages for Linux Compared
Mar 04, 2003, 22:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)
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"Linux is everywhere you look, from mainframes to handhelds to
servers to desktops. One place where its growth has been something
less-than-spectacular is in SOHO (small office/home office) use.
Now that full-featured office suites are available for Linux, more
SOHOs than ever are beginning to migrate from Windows to Linux.
However, SOHO users often require more than just an office suite;
they need accounting software for the books and payroll, they need
fax capabilities (see Resources for these sorts of things), and
sometimes they need something a bit more exotic. Like OCR (Optical
Character Recognition), for example.
"In the legal and medical fields, document management is a very
big deal. In modern office environments, OCR often plays a key role
in solving that problem. Because OCR for Linux is one area I don't
hear or read a lot about, I decided to do some digging and see what
I could find. This week, I'll tell you about two solutions I found:
one from the free-software camp and one proprietary