Delphi and OCR

Posted on 2009-02-09
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Hi everyone, I'm looking for a way to read a JPG or BMP file to actually get the text that is on the image file.   This has to be integrated in my delphi program.

I know there's some OCR out there but can someone point me in the direction of one that is easy to use and low in cost (or free if such a thing is possible).    I have tried MODI which comes from office, this is nice but my client don't want office.
Question by:Buropro-Citation
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    Expert Comment

    Here's one and it's not too expensive

    ...and here are some others

    You may also find some leads at the Delphi Super Page at

    I am not aware of any free OCR components

    Author Comment

    Have you used the MCM software at the first link you have mentioned, there's a sample program which allows to load an image but from there I can't see a single option that would enable me to read it.

    TOCR seems to be a good choice but don't work on the type of card I want to read since there a little background.

    Accepted Solution

    I just received confirmation that MCM software can't read color image, it seems to be the case with xpidea and simpleocr, it seems that OCR of a colored driver's licence is harder than it looks.  

    Unless someone points me toward a sdk that help me do that, I'll probably go and buy a card reader with integrated OCR since all my researchs so far have come to no solution.   It's a very costly solution but it seems to be the best one.

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