PHP Image text recognition OCR possible?

Posted on 2012-09-01
Last Modified: 2013-01-25
Hi Experts,

I'm in the middle of developing a small application, I have a few images that are scanned documents, I want to get the text from the image (possibly from a specific area of the image if possible).

Is this somehow possible?

I have had a look at some PHP classes. This link below is similar i think, but I have no idea how to ammend it.

I'm pretty sure, with todays technology this can be done, I really need to get this done.

I'd appreciate any help, thank you.

Question by:Fezi
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    Hi Fez,
    Take a look at, which has a list of free OCR packages available to download:

    Some of the products mentioned above are:

    (1) Tesseract OCR Engine, an open source product now maintained by Google:

    It has numerous add-ons:

    (2) FreeOCR, which uses a compiled version of the Tesseract engine:

    (3) GOCR/JOCR, an open source OCR package developed under the GNU Public License:

    (4) OCR Desktop, which is not open source, but is free for personal use (needs to be registered in order to turn off popups and advertising):

    (5) SimpleOCR, which is not open source, but is free, with both an end-user version and a royalty-free SDK:

    I don't know which of them support PHP programming, but I'm sure you can quickly figure that out. Regards, Joe

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