Any OCR programs for Linux that output ASCII Text?

Terry Klarich terry at
Fri Mar 26 19:22:39 UTC 2004

On Fri, 26 Mar 2004 10:46:21 -0600you write:
>	I am looking for applications that take an image file such as
>from a document scanner or decoded PDF and output ASCII text.
>	My only other hope is that it works via command line.

Hey Martin:

So, how's it going?

I specifically use and highly recommend vividata's product.  It is not free though.  However, it is well worth the money.  I think
the licensing fee is about $250 or so.

It is nothing more than a filter.  I use sane to get the scanner image.  Sane creates a tiff file.  vividata then takes the tiff
file and creates a text file.  It is very nice and works well.

I have 2 scanners.  One is a canon lide scan 30.  This scanner is small and fits in my laptop bag.  It is powered off the usb bus.
The other is a microtek scanmaker 12usl.  This scanner is much faster; but, much larger.  It scans legal sized documents as well.
I have the best of both worlds now.

The product is called ocrxtr.  You should go to

Hope this helps.

Terry Klarich  (KI5ZW)
A man is not complete until he is married; then, he is finished.

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