Better OCR with Finereader 9

Last night I ran Finereader 9 over a 400-page English translation from 1936 that I had scanned some time ago at 400 dpi.  I then settled down for the onerous task of correcting scanner errors; only to find very few indeed.  There were perhaps a dozen in the whole book!  Probably if I had just exported it to Word and used the spell-checker, I would have found most of them.

I repeated the exercise on another text, with the same result.

FR9 is perceptibly better than FR8 at OCR.  It has some annoyances in the user-interface.  Worse it forces me to use my Plustek Opticbook 3600 at 300dpi or 600dpi, when FR8 allowed 400 dpi (the optimal resolution).  But the fact is that there has been a considerable advance here. 

When I look back ten years to the misery of “99% accurate” recognition (i.e. 6 errors a page), it is truly amazing.  Recommended.

2 Responses to “Better OCR with Finereader 9”


  1. Tom Schmidt

    I’ve been using FR6 for my current project and suffering greatly for it. Next time I embark on a digitizing project I’ll have to upgrade!

  2. Roger Pearse

    Yes, I upgrade each time reluctantly. FR8 was a good version. FR9 has some funnies, but the OCR is definitely better.