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Version Comparison

Latest version - What's new? - What's different?

The latest version of the OCR engine is 5.0 (TOCR Version 5.0).

Version 4.0 to 5.0 changes

Pricing

  • TOCR Version 5 is priced the same as TOCR Version 4. All users of TOCR Version 3 and Version 4 may upgrade to TOCR 5.0 free of charge.

OCR engine changes

  • TOCR 5.0 is more accurate than TOCR 4.0.
  • TOCR now supports PDF
  • TOCR now returns extra font information (Normal, Italic and approximate font name).
  • Results can be returned in the Rich Text Format.
  • There are 9 colour conversion algorithms to select
  • The input image can now be returned after processing by TOCR
  • API Documentation is now written in C, however the API itself is still language independent.
  • TOCR now supports the additional characters for Greek, Cyrillic and Eastern Europe. You can download the new character map for Version 5 here.
  • Windows versions prior to Windows Vista are no longer supported

Viewer program changes

  • Results can be displayed in Rich Text Format and the results pane may be zoomed
  • The viewer program now displays colour images
  • You can now Include/Exclude character based on their language by using the language tree in processing options

Version 3.3 to 4.0 changes

Pricing

  • TOCR Version 4 is priced the same as TOCR Version 3. All users of TOCR Versions 3.0 to 3.3 may upgrade to TOCR 4.0 free of charge.

OCR engine changes

  • TOCR 4.0 is more accurate than TOCR 3.2 or 3.3. This should be especially noticeable on images with low character counts such as a single line or a single field.
  • 64 bit TOCR variant added. TOCR 4.0 is available in both a 32 bit and 64 bit variant. Installing TOCR 4.0 on a 64-bit machine will install both the 32-bit and 64-bit TOCR variant.
  • TOCR 4.0 64-bit is on average faster than TOCR 3.2 and 3.3 in all 4 speed options on our test data and hardware.
    • TOCR 4.0 64-bit is 33.8% faster than TOCR 3.2 and 3.3 using speed option 0, and 14.2% faster using speed option 3.
    • TOCR 4.0 32-bit is around 35% slower than TOCR 4.0 64-bit in each speed mode.
  • API Documentation is now written in VB.NET, however the API itself is still language independent.
  • TOCR now supports the additional characters: superscript 1, 2 and 3 ( ¹ ² ³ ), the trade mark symbol: ™ and per mille sign: ‰ -- You can download the new character map for Version 4 here.

Viewer program changes

  • Viewer is now written in VB.NET instead of VB5.

Version 3.0 to 3.3 changes

OCR engine changes

  • More accurate and stable than V3.0.
  • There have been a number of additional bug fixes to the engine from V3.0 to V3.2.
  • The upgrade from V3.2 to V3.3 does not include any new features, but does include a number of major bug fixes.
  • V3.3 Professional Edition replaces V3.0 and V3.2.
  • A free upgrade is available to all users of the V3.0 and V3.2 Professional Edition.
  • V3.0 Standard Edition has been discontinued.
  • TOCR now includes speed switches allowing for faster recognition if needed. Faster recognition leads to some loss in accuracy.
  • Additional Lex features have been added and Auto-Lex is now an option, allowing TOCR to automatically decide whether to use the lexicon function for a given image.

Version 2.0 to 3.0 changes

OCR engine changes

  • More accurate and stable than V2.0.
  • Simple TWAIN compatible interface added.
  • Images with missing or zero DPI can now be recognised.
  • The maximum image size is now 12,000 pixels in X and Y.
  • All errors can be logged to a file, making installing TOCR as a Windows Service easier.
  • You can now set the OCR engine priorities.
  • Two new functions added: TOCRSetConfig and TOCRGetConfig. These allow you to change the service error mode and priority dynamically.
  • A flag has been added to process OCRB better (at the expense of accuracy with other fonts).

Viewer program changes

  • Moving through multi page files is easier (you can enter the page number or use the Up, Down, PageUp, PageDown, Home and End keys).
  • The zoom on multi page files can be set individually or locked for all pages.
  • The wheel mouse now works in the image pane.
  • Focus bars added and there is a new menu to show/hide the toolbar/focus bars and status bar.
  • Image can now be flipped horizontally, vertically and rotated through 180 degrees.
  • Image editing has been improved - the position and sizing of the selection rectangle is better and the selection and image can be copied/pasted/saved.
  • A formfeed character can now be added to batch output separators (%x).

Version 1.4 to 2.0 changes

OCR engine changes

  • The engine recognises the Euro symbol and accented characters (Version 2 and 3 characters).
  • Licences are additive. If you purchase two or more licences you can run two or more OCR engines in parallel.
  • Lex processing now supports, in addition to English: Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish without the need to specify the language in advance.
  • Because licences are additive, the TOCRGetLicenceInfo routine has been superseded by TOCRGetLicenceInfoEx.
  • The engine is more accurate and stable. Accuracy when Lex processing is turned off has been greatly enhanced.

Viewer program changes

  • Text results can be positioned to reflect the image.
  • The Viewer program should now work on multibyte machines.

Version 1.3 to 1.4 changes

OCR engine changes

  • Two new functions have been added. TOCRGetResultsEx returns extended information on results. TOCRConvertFormat supersedes TOCRConvertTIFFtoDIB and can return a memory mapped file.
  • A minimum of 25 DPI has been introduced to avoid using up all the 100 A4 limit in one go when a file with badly set resolutions is OCR'd.
  • Engine is now more stable and has been re-optimised to increase accuracy.
  • All users of TOCR 1.3 and earlier can contact us for a free upgrade to TOCR 1.4.

Viewer program changes

  • Changed to use TOCRConvertFormat to avoid using temporary file.
  • Batch processing options have been enhanced and are now saved in the registry.
  • The results window pane is now a textbox to allow editing.
  • There are extra buttons on the Processing options page to make disabling characters easier.
  • The ability to change the image DPI has been added.

Version 1.2 to 1.3 changes

OCR engine changes

  • There have been a number of minor bug fixes to the engine.
  • A new facility has been added to allow "exact" position reporting of characters found on a page.

Viewer program changes

  • The new features in the Viewer program are a batch processing facility and the ability to copy either the image or the results to the clipboard.