I'm looking for a lightweight software, allowing commercial use, to easily extract alphanumeric fields from images scanned on a flatbed scanner, preferably for Windows (or possibly for Linux).
Not necessarily free, but not costing several hundreds of USD, in the range of 0 to 150 USD.
My need is to extract fields from product stickers (model, serial number, a.s.o.). Texts are black on a white background. The pictures are in PNG format. I can convert them to other image format if necessary. There are no accents in strings. The strings to extract are composed of uppercase letters and numbers. There is no need for dictionaries.
I found the perfect candidate for my needs (IrfanView 32-bit version + KADMOS OCR plugin): http://irfanview.info/plugins/kadmos/, but is only allows personal (non commercial) use.
So, I'm looking for an equivalent allowing professional use.
- allow professional use, but won't be redistributed
- be offline, standalone, independant from Microsoft Office and from Google
- be easy/intuitive to use (not having to call library's funtions)
- preferably lightweight
- if possible, allow drag & drop of the image to digitize directly in it, or alternatively allow that PNG files are associated to open in the software
- allow "drawing" the area where to extract a text string (by drawing a rectangle for instance).
If the software furthermore allows template driven fields extraction, it would be a plus, but it is not required at first.
I'm aware about librairies, but at first, I'm looking for a solution that doesn't require coding.
I tested SimpleOCR which did not convince me.
Other suggestions? Please tell if you tested them or only heard about them.