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Can anyone recommend software for scanning documents/images? Preferable opensource / freeware.

Ideally I would like to capture the images and provide some form of indexation if possible, and to save the documents either to a directory or directly into a database (Oracle BLOB for example)

I'm looking for some good alternatives to Kofax or Oracle Document Capture


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Best not to store the images in the database as BLOBs, store a path to the file somewhere instead. –  Lunatik Oct 23 '09 at 14:31
I agree with Lunatik on that one –  DaveParillo Oct 23 '09 at 15:08
The reason for using blobs is for using Oracle CMSDK, if it were a straight php environment I could see the advantages of storing to disk. ;) –  user155695 Oct 24 '09 at 11:57
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Try SimpleOCR

Input Formats
SimpleOCR works with all fully compliant TWAIN scanners and also accepts input from TIFF files.

Output Formats
SimpleOCR can save the documents it acquires in text formats (TXT and RTF) importable into most every program such as Word, WordPerfect, HTML editors, and e-mail programs, either fully formatted or as plain text. Additionally, it can save scanned documents in the industry standard TIFF format, a format as widely accepted as PDF files.

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Try CuneiForm or Tesseract (currently developed by Google).

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