TakOCR : Easy OCR for Mac
Tako : Japanese for Octopus
OCRopus : Great Open Source OCR project
TakOCR is a project to fill a need I had. I needed a GUI to an OCR engine for my dad. He’s not really the compile-it-and-use-the-command-line type of guy. He is however a Mac using guy, so here are the results for your enjoyment.
TakOCR is no longer supported. If the existing program works for you, great! If it does not work, I hope you find something else that does.
If someone wants to give me a Mac with the latest version of OSX, I would be happy to update this software. :-)
Run the installer program, then just drop images onto the program. The OCRed output will be displayed in a window which will pop up.
You will need to quit TakOCR before dropping more images onto it.
What’s Included, Copyrights
TakOCR is really just a bundle of OCRopus, ImageMagick, Ghostscript and a little wrapper application to tie it all together. ImageMagick and Ghostscript let you OCR PDFs, TIFFs, JPEGs, and many more formats.
The wrapper script is just a little Ruby program made into a dropplet application with the help of Platypus.
All of the software included is available under Open Source compatible licenses. You may download the sources at the link above and read individual packages licenses if you wish. Software included is : ImageMagick, uilib, libjpeg, leptonlib, libpng, ocropus, OpenFST, tesseract, libtiff, zlib, ghostscript.
TakOCR itself and the script behind the scenes are both placed in the Public Domain