OCR Data Acquisition

Hi Experts,

This is mostly a linux question, but at the bottom there is also a Windows question.

Does anyone know of non-commercial OCR software that can be configured to look for specific words (data recognition) in a scanned document?  For example, on a scanned document I have the software search for "Purchase Order" or "PO"  and other abbreviations of "Purchase Order."  The software might return to my program "Found/Non-Found", the actual string found or even the location on the image where the string was found, (e.g. [x1,y1] upper left and [x2,y2] lower right).

Further more, can the OCR software scan the immediate area  where the "Purchase Order" string was found and return that string (e.g. the purchase order number). The "immediate area" could be defined buy the program as upper-left & lower-right  coordinates.

Another Purchase Order example is to find the name & address information of purchaser, delivery date, delivery location, item number, quantity, etc.  Very ambitious.

I'm running Ubuntu, 7.10 gusty gibbon.  That gives me immediate access to debian packages.  Are there any Fedora RPMS, SuSE packages, Slackware, Mandriva ,Gentoo, Xandros, etc. that have packages, rpm or whatever they use to manage application software?

Are there any C libraries that aid in (1) OCR and looking for specific strings and (2) scanning a specific area of an image and return any data found?

For Windows Experts, are there OCX controls to do OCR and data acquisition?

Thanks much!!!

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http:// thevpn.guruCommented:
Well for linux I know about these two progs you might wana have a look at..since they are open source you might wana have a look at their source code..they both have OCR features.

kooka - scanner program for KDE
unpaper - post-processing tool for scanned pages


As for windows compoents you can surely find something relevant
http://www.google.com/search?q=ocr+component+development&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=com.ubuntu:en-US:official&client=firefox-a
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trigger-happyCommented:
You can use tesseract: http://code.google.com/p/tesseract-ocr/ to scan the documents and then create a script/program to handle the actual searching.

--trigger-happy
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nociSoftware EngineerCommented:
gocr is another one  http://jocr.sourceforge.net
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IT79637Author Commented:
Experts,
The part of question regarding data acquisition is a very difficult one.  I'm looking for key word, such as Purchase Order on an image. Then want to find the purchase order data around the key word.  That type of intelligence is significantly more difficult than vanilla OCR.  The experts responses pointed me to several  linux based packages.
Thank you all very much!!!
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