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 sytlistic 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 charater 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: 8.0.330.0
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7 or later
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The new Enhanced OCR plugin includes the following highly-anticipated features that extend the OCR functionality of our dynamic PDF-XChange products:

  • The Enhanced OCR Plugin character recognition is more accurate and significantly faster than the default OCR engine - usually between two and three times as fast.
  • The Enhanced OCR Plugin recognizes stylistic elements of text such as the Font, Color, Bold, Italic, Strikeout and Underline values.
  • The Enhanced OCR Plugin recognizes Tables in source documents and inserts them, along with converted text, into output documents.
  • The Enhanced OCR Plugin can create PDFs with "Editable Images and Text" - which replaces image-based text in source documents with standard, editable text.
  • The Enhanced OCR Plugin can 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.
  • The Enhanced OCR Plugin features 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.
  • The new, embedded utility 'ResourcesUpdater' makes it possible to install new (or update existing) OCR languages without having to restart the application.
  • The new feature "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.
  • The new feature "Correct Auto-Detected Image skew" corrects image skews and incorrect page rotations that the "Auto-Detect Image Skew" feature identifies.

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 Enhanced OCR Plugin

Existing clients with active product maintenance who upgrade to V8 get a FREE LICENSE for the Enhanced OCR Plugin that remains valid until their current maintenance expires. They then have the option of renewing their product license maintenance with or without the Enhanced OCR Plugin as desired, and only pay the license maintenance fee for the plugin if they elect to keep it. Renewals that elect to keep the Enhanced OCR Plugin have their regular product license pro-rated so that maintenance for both the product in question and the Enhanced OCR Plugin have a synchronized maintenance cycle. This is the most efficient setup as it means that a single license key is issued regardless of whether or not users elect to keep the Enhanced OCR Plugin.

The license for the Enhanced OCR Plugin is perpetual, in the same manner as the licenses for all of the Tracker Software family of products. 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 V8, as well as the licenses of users who upgrade to V8 or who renew their product maintenance and add the Enhanced OCR Plugin.

Existing clients with expired product maintenance have the opportunity to renew their maintenance or upgrade to V8 with or without the Enhanced OCR Plugin as desired.

New Users who purchase PDF-XChange Editor/Editor Plus, PDF-Tools or PDF-XChange Pro V8 without including the Enhanced OCR Plugin have the opportunity to test the plugin in demo mode for 30 days. When this trial period has expired they have the option to upgrade to include the Enhanced OCR Plugin or revert to the free OCR engine as desired.

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 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 source documents and inserts them into output PDFs.

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 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 source documents and inserts them into output PDFs.

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 recommended 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.