JOCR is a little program that can capture an image from any part of the desktop and perform optical character recognition (convert images to text) on the contents.

It is free to download and use but it uses a resource provided with MS Office, and requires that Microsoft Office 2003 or higher be installed on the machine where it is used.

If you’ve ever wanted to work with text that is presented as an image JOCR may be what you’re looking for.

Note that JOCR is designed to capture text/image clips straight off the desktop, rather than being a full fledged document/scanner manager.

Here are some notes on this program:

  • Works remarkably well; OCR conversion is instant and the results are respectable (no OCR recognition is ever 100% accurate)
  • Can clip any area or window on the desktop, or the entire desktop.
  • Results are dumped into a notepad text file, where they can be edited and/or clipped.
  • Does NOT require JAVA (despite the name).
  • Extremely small footprint; very low on resources.

I’ve been looking for a freeware OCR program that does exactly this sort of thing. The only drawback with this is the MS Excel requirement; otherwise it is a very simple, straightforward program that works well.

Version tested: 1.0

Compatibility: Windows 2k/XP; no info on Vista. Windows 95/98/ME/NT4 supported but require additional controls found on the download page.

Go to the download page to get the latest version. The program home page.