free text OCR app opinion

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hello all. I have a question i'd like feedback on. I use an iPod Touch fifth gen with IOS 8.1.1. Which of the free OCR apps is most accessible/reliable text detective or saytext? also if there is another free text OCR app thats accessible i don't know of please let me know:) thanks lots.

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Submitted by Carlos Alonso on Saturday, November 29, 2014

In my experience these free apps can be very unreliable depending on your photo taking skills. I think they work well for the sighted population since they are able to easily focus the camera before taking the pic. So you may get a fast and near perfectOCR and just gibberish from your next picture. Apps like the KNFB reader perform a process to clean up the photo before the image is fed to the OCR engine and that's why it's a lot more reliable than the free apps, of course, the price is prohibitive for some. I have to say that I've tried these apps on iPhones and not on iPods, which have lower resolution cameras, but I think you can get the free apps to work for you with practice but you have to taper down your expectations for consistent quality scans.

I've used a couple of free ones, like Red Laser, I forget the other one, Red Laser works reasonably well, as far as the paid ones, I also use Recognizer, which is an object recognition and labelling app, you can search for it in this site, it includes a bar code reading function which is also pretty good in my opinion. I've read in this site that one of the best bar code apps is Digit Eyes, which I think costs $15, I don't have Digit Eyes, but if you search this site you'll find lots of comments in its app directory entry.

Submitted by HarmonicaPlayer on Sunday, November 30, 2014

In reply to by Carlos Alonso

does the apps you use are they capable of identifying bartcodes on medication bottles/perscription info?