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Easy Screen OCR (online text recognition utility)

Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2018 8:34 am
by Midas
Yet another freeware posted to "Discussion" on account of its dubious status... *sigh*

I had high hopes for Easy Screen OCR (ESO; https://easyscreenocr.com/), concerning how there are relatively few good free options for OCR. I am left with a mixed impression. Let's do introductions first.
author of https://easyscreenocr.com/ wrote:[Easy Screen OCR is] An easy & simple PC screen OCR application. No typing, but copying. Equipped with powerful Google OCR engine, Easy Screen OCR can turn images into editable text with the highest accuracy.
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ESO is basically a client for the online OCR engine, so Internet connection is required. The site advertises a portable download package, with roughly 14MB of disk cost after extraction -- but, alas, while this version does save a 'UM.txt' file to the program's folder, it serves only for updating purposes, it seems.

While there aren't many settings, they are still saved to the system's registry at 'HKCU\Software\ScreenOCR'. :(

Moreover on first try I was presented with a persistent error (see below). It only went away after I manually set an absolute save path for ESO to save its screenshots.

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As the registry key is encoded, there's no way to test for relative path compatibility. All in all, ESO turns out to be a rather interesting offer shot down by implementation details.

Easy Screen OCR latest portable release (no changelog, executable file details mention v1.2.0) can be downloaded from https://easyscreenocr.com/download/Easy ... rtable.zip.

Re: Easy Screen OCR (online text recognition utility)

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:50 am
by Ding-A-Ling
There are still references on the internet (eg. Major Geeks and Softpedia) to this being freeware: it's not!

The site says: "I need to charge fees for the purpose of balancing the expenses and maintaining the servers. …After a long-time consideration, I choose subscription for using Easy Screen OCR as the best solution."

You can have a free trial but that's about it.

Re: Easy Screen OCR (online text recognition utility)

Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:21 am
by Midas
Thanks for testing. Moving to "Payware".