OCR Test

OCR Test


Experimental app for optical character recognition (OCR).

Runs the Tesseract 3.03 open source OCR engine to find text in images captured by the device camera.

This app runs OCR on your device--without uploading your images to a server--and is suitable for recognizing individual words or short phrases of text. Translation (powered by Google/Microsoft) can be run after OCR.

The default single-shot capture runs OCR on a snapshot image that's captured when you click the shutter button, like a regular photo.

When the "continuous preview" checkbox is checked, the app shows a dynamic, real-time display of what the device is recognizing right beside the camera viewfinder. The continuous preview mode works best on a fast device.

USING THIS APP

- Point the device at a small region of text and touch the on-screen shutter button to start OCR.

- To copy text to the clipboard or share text, long-press on the text after pressing the shutter button.

- For recognizing individual Chinese/Japanese/Korean characters, set the page segmentation mode to "single character."

RECOGNITION ACCURACY

- Various factors can cause the OCR to fail: uneven illumination, stylized text, or text without enough contrast from the background. Try to have good lighting.

- Hold the device steady, and be sure the picture is in focus.

- If you need to scan a large block of text or an entire document, consider using a flatbed scanner or a document scanning app such as TextFairy instead.

LANGUAGES

- This app supports several languages not supported by Google Goggles/Google Translate.

- Supported languages for OCR: Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Azeri, Basque, Belarusian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Malayalam, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Latin), Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.

- Arabic OCR requires a large amount of RAM. If your device doesn't have enough RAM, the app will quit during OCR.

SAMSUNG DEVICE NOTES

- On Samsung Galaxy devices, you may need to long-press the menu button to set preferences.

- You may get better results if you un-check "Standard focus mode".

DEVELOPMENT NOTES

- This is an open source project. The source code is available at https://github.com/rmtheis/android-ocr.

- Since the release of this app, Google Goggles has added a "continuous mode" and Google Translate has added OCR-based translations. There is also one VC-funded startup that has used this app as a starting point.

- Thanks to the contributors: Spoorthi, Hunvil, Jingjing, Xuyuan, and Mandar.


My latest translation app:
https://www.google.com/url?q=https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rmtheis.translator

Recent changes:
May 11, 2014:

Fixed a bug in the saving of character blacklist/whitelist values.
Upgraded to use Tesseract v3.03 r1098.

Dec. 13, 2013:

Fixed a forward-compatibility bug that hid menu on newer devices.
Added a preference setting to disable focus modes that don't work well on some devices.
Upgraded to use Tesseract v3.03.
Updated to retrieve newest version of Tesseract data files.
Added new OCR languages.
Added new translation languages.
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About OCR Test
Experimental app for optical character recognition (OCR).

Runs the Tesseract 3.03 open source OCR engine to find text in images captured by the device camera.

This app runs OCR on your device--without uploading your images to a server--and is suitable for recognizing individual words or short phrases of text. Translation (powered by Google/Microsoft) can be run after OCR.

The default single-shot capture runs OCR on a snapshot image that's captured when you click the shutter button, like a regular photo.

When the "continuous preview" checkbox is checked, the app shows a dynamic, real-time display of what the device is recognizing right beside the camera viewfinder. The continuous preview mode works best on a fast device.

USING THIS APP

- Point the device at a small region of text and touch the on-screen shutter button to start OCR.

- To copy text to the clipboard or share text, long-press on the text after pressing the shutter button.

- For recognizing individual Chinese/Japanese/Korean characters, set the page segmentation mode to "single character."

RECOGNITION ACCURACY

- Various factors can cause the OCR to fail: uneven illumination, stylized text, or text without enough contrast from the background. Try to have good lighting.

- Hold the device steady, and be sure the picture is in focus.

- If you need to scan a large block of text or an entire document, consider using a flatbed scanner or a document scanning app such as TextFairy instead.

LANGUAGES

- This app supports several languages not supported by Google Goggles/Google Translate.

- Supported languages for OCR: Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Azeri, Basque, Belarusian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Malayalam, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Latin), Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.

- Arabic OCR requires a large amount of RAM. If your device doesn't have enough RAM, the app will quit during OCR.

SAMSUNG DEVICE NOTES

- On Samsung Galaxy devices, you may need to long-press the menu button to set preferences.

- You may get better results if you un-check "Standard focus mode".

DEVELOPMENT NOTES

- This is an open source project. The source code is available at https://github.com/rmtheis/android-ocr.

- Since the release of this app, Google Goggles has added a "continuous mode" and Google Translate has added OCR-based translations. There is also one VC-funded startup that has used this app as a starting point.

- Thanks to the contributors: Spoorthi, Hunvil, Jingjing, Xuyuan, and Mandar.


My latest translation app:
https://www.google.com/url?q=https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rmtheis.translator

Recent changes:
May 11, 2014:

Fixed a bug in the saving of character blacklist/whitelist values.
Upgraded to use Tesseract v3.03 r1098.

Dec. 13, 2013:

Fixed a forward-compatibility bug that hid menu on newer devices.
Added a preference setting to disable focus modes that don't work well on some devices.
Upgraded to use Tesseract v3.03.
Updated to retrieve newest version of Tesseract data files.
Added new OCR languages.
Added new translation languages.

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A Google User
6 days ago
very fantastic ocr ...
A Google User
Sep 9, 2014
Open source Thanks a loooot :*
A Google User
Aug 4, 2014
Best free OCR This is very useful for college.
A Google User
Jul 19, 2014
Great App. I had the hardest time finding a good open source OCR example and yours hit the spot! Keep up the great work!
A Google User
Jun 4, 2014
Open Source = 5 stars Works quite well, and most importantly it's open source so that others can build on it.