Enhanced OCR Plugin

Enhanced OCR Plugin

The Enhanced OCR Plugin is the most accurate and fastest OCR engine that Tracker Software Products have ever released. It utilizes multi-threaded processing and recognizes stylistic elements of text, as well as tables, in source documents - and can create PDFs according to multiple user-specified output options. It auto-detects and corrects image skew in scanned documents and contains a range of additional features in comparison to the default OCR engine. If you are looking for dynamic and seamless optical character recognition for your documents, then you have come to the right place - please see below for further information.

The Enhanced OCR Plugin is an optional plugin that you can choose to add to PDF-XChange Editor/Editor Plus, PDF-Tools or the PDF-XChange PRO bundle at any time.

Current version: 8.0.344.0

Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7 or later
Support for this product

Update : From Version 9 - The Enhanced OCR Plug-in is now included in the PDF-XChange Plus and PDF-XChange Pro suites without additional costs and is no longer available as an optional add-on item with any other V9.x product.

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The new V9 Enhanced OCR plugin includes the following highly-anticipated features that extend the OCR functionality of our dynamic PDF-XChange products:

  • The Character Recognition is more accurate and significantly faster than the default OCR engine or V8 EOCR Plugin
  • Recognizes stylistic elements of text such as the Font, Color, Bold, Italic, Strikeout and Underline values.
  • Recognizes tables in scanned documents and generates shape objects along with converted text in order to maintain a crisp output.
  • Create PDFs with "Editable Images and Text" - which replaces image-based text in source documents with standard, editable text.
  • Create PDFs with "Fine Page Content" - which replaces the original page content with new content that contains only text and images recognized during the process of OCR.
  • Supports 150 languages improved from 50 and includes 'RTL' (Right to Left) Language support such as Arabic and Hebrew
  • Embedded utility 'Resources Updater' makes it possible to install new (or update existing) OCR languages without having to restart the application.
  • "Auto-Detect Image Skew" automatically detects image skews (up to +- 45 degrees) and/or incorrect page rotations (90, 180 or 270 degrees) in scanned documents.
  • "Correct Auto-Detected Image skew" corrects image skews and incorrect page rotations that the "Auto-Detect Image Skew" feature identifies.
  • COMING SOON: Multi-Threaded Processing, which enables OCR to be performed on multiple pages in parallel threads. Users that have machines with multiple processors/cores can enjoy a significant reduction in the time taken to OCR large documents - usually at least twice as fast as the default OCR engine.

Our user-friendly functionality is diverse enough to meet the needs of all practitioners from novices to professionals. Please see below for an extensive list of all available features and functionality. 

Our support team endeavor to respond to all queries within eight working hours – and we are usually much faster. We are available via email at support@tracker-software.com. Alternatively, browse our free support forums and Knowledgebase for the answers to your questions.

Existing Clients, New Users and the V9 Enhanced OCR Plugin
Existing V8 clients that have purchased the V8 Enhanced OCR Plugin and have active product maintenance who upgrade to V9 will receive a free upgrade to the next product that includes the new V9 Enhanced OCR Plugin as shown below:

If you hold a V8 license key, the following upgrades will be applied to your account automatically while running a V9 product. You will also find that the website already takes these into account when you begin the Maintenance renewal or Upgrade process.

  • Users with a PDF-XChange Editor Plus, and/or PDF-XChange PRO, Will find that their licenses now include access to the Enhanced OCR Plugin, Free of Charge!.
  • Users with a PDF-XChange Editor + EOCR license (meaning you purchased the "V8 EOCR plugin") will receive a free upgrade to the PDF-XChange Editor Plus.
  • Users with a PDF-XChange Editor Plus + EOCR license will find that their license now only reflects PDF-XChange Editor Plus. Do not worry, the Improved EOCR feature has been bundled into the Editor Plus directly, and is still included with your license.
  • Users with a PDF-Tools + EOCR license will find themselves upgraded to the PDF-XChange PRO bundle, which does still include the Improved EOCR feature, bundled directly into the Editor Plus licenses therein. Users in this situation will want to uninstall the current software, and then run the latest PRO installer now available from your account page. (as your new license now covers our more advanced printer, instead of the Lite printer).
  • Users with a PDF-XChange PRO + EOCR license will find that their license now only reflects PDF-XChange PRO. Do not worry, the Improved EOCR feature has been bundled Directly into the Editor Plus, and PDF-Tools applications included in your License.

The license for the Enhanced OCR Plugin is perpetual, and are included in the PDF-XChange Editor Plus & Pro licenses. Licenses for the Enhanced OCR Plugin continue to work in any version of our products released while a user has active maintenance - this includes the free license given to users who had existing maintenance at time of the release of V9, as well as the licenses of users who upgrade to V9 or who renewed their product maintenance and added the V8 Enhanced OCR Plugin at the time of last renewal.

Existing clients with expired product maintenance and have purchased the V8 Enhanced OCR Plugin have the opportunity to renew their maintenance or upgrade to V9 products that include the New EOCR Plugin..
 

Improved Character Recognition

The Enhanced OCR Plugin features more accurate and significantly faster charater recognition in comparison to the default OCR engine.

Text Style Recognition

The Enhanced OCR Plugin recognizes stylistic elements such as the color, font, bold, italic, strikeout and underline values of document text when optical character recognition is performed.

Table Recognition

The Enhanced OCR Plugin recognizes tables in scanned documents and generates shape objects along with converted text in order to maintain a crisp output.

Multiple Output Options

The Enhanced OCR Plugin features multiple output options. Output to Searchable Image to convert image-based text into searchable and selectable text, Editable Text and Images to convert recognized text into editable content and remove the corresponding regions of the source content, or Fine Page Content to replace the source content with new content that consists of only the text and images recognized in the process of OCR. 

Multi-Threaded Processing

Multi-Threaded Processing is available in the Enhanced OCR Plugin, which makes it possible to perform OCR on multiple pages in parallel threads.

Install/Update OCR Languages without an Application Restart

The new utility 'ResourcesUpdater' means that it is possible to install/update OCR languages without the need to restart the application.

Auto-Detect and Correct Image Skew and Incorrect Page Rotation

The 'Auto-Detect Image Skew' feature automatically detects image skews and incorrect page rotations, and the 'Correct Auto-Detected Image Skew' automatically corrects these errors.

Improved Character Recognition

The Enhanced OCR Plugin features more accurate and significantly faster charater recognition in comparison to the default OCR engine.

Text Style Recognition

The Enhanced OCR Plugin recognizes stylistic elements such as the color, font, bold, italic, strikeout and underline values of document text when optical character recognition is performed.

Table Recognition

The Enhanced OCR Plugin recognizes tables in scanned documents and generates shape objects along with converted text in order to maintain a crisp output.

Multiple Output Options

The Enhanced OCR Plugin features multiple output options. Output to Searchable Image to convert image-based text into searchable and selectable text, Editable Text and Images to convert recognized text into editable content and remove the corresponding regions of the source content, or Fine Page Content to replace the source content with new content that consists of only the text and images recognized in the process of OCR. 

Multi-Threaded Processing

Multi-Threaded Processing is available in the Enhanced OCR Plugin, which makes it possible to perform OCR on multiple pages in parallel threads.

Install/Update OCR Languages without an Application Restart

The new utility 'ResourcesUpdater' means that it is possible to install/update OCR languages without the need to restart the application.

Auto-Detect and Correct Image Skew and Incorrect Page Rotation

The 'Auto-Detect Image Skew' feature automatically detects image skews and incorrect page rotations, and the 'Correct Auto-Detected Image Skew' automatically corrects these errors.

PDF-XChange Enhanced OCR Plugin V8 supports all Windows (32/64 bit) operating systems from Windows 7 and later:

 


Version 8: Microsoft/Citrix Terminal Server compatible.
Version 5, 6, 7: Microsoft/Citrix Terminal Server compatible; WIndows XP*, WIndows Vista compaible

 

  • We recommend that users install the latest Microsoft Windows service packs and updates before using our products, as doing so will ensure the greatest possible performance of the software.
  • Our products - in particular the printer drivers that PDF-XChange Standard and PDF-XChange Lite utilize - are not designed to work in virtualized environments such as the XenApp software.
  • *There are some limitations to product support for Windows XP and Windows Vista as Microsoft have stopped supporting them. Further information about this issue is available here.
  • If you are using Windows 7 then please ensure you have the latest release and all available fixes - otherwise you may encounter issues, as detailed here.