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Image OCR Control

Image OCR Control

Image OCR Control


I'm trying to do an OCR scan of a bitmap file.  The bitmap will always contain a bitmap image of some words.  I need to do an OCR scan of the input bitmap file and store the recognized words in a standard text file (the output).

The Microsoft Visual Basic help files document the existence of a "Image OCR Control" however I can find it.  The help files also include some examples on how to use the control.  

I'm sort of a beginner+ at Visual Basic...so if someone can help me here please include some 'how-to' details ....



RE: Image OCR Control

The imaging controls are an option when you install Windows.  If you took all the defaults, then you don't have them.  Run the windows setup again. Imaging is in Accessories.  Then, in your VB project, add the "Wang Imaging" component.

nick bulka

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RE: Image OCR Control


Thanks.  Before I got your reply I came across an article that mentioned that Eastmansoftware had some applications that could be incorporated into Visual Basic applications that would do an OCR function.  

I downloaded their files and tried it out and it worked great (I also learned more about VB in the process).  

This weekend I'll reload VB and try out the what you mentioned.

thanks for taking the time and the help.


RE: Image OCR Control

   Reloading VB won't get the imaging controls for you.  They're included with the Windows installation, not VB.

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RE: Image OCR Control

Can u pls tell me the detail of how did u handle this requirment in detail as I am also looking for same solution.


RE: Image OCR Control

FYI, ScanSoft products become my solution.  It's a great package.  It comes with a full 3-ring binder, software (of course), and massive amounts of examples.  The software works great however they have a rather complicated license key process that is a bit of a pain (all the above depends on the package that you purchase from them).  

The scansoft products can be a bit complicated, they will use many aspects of your VB or C knowledge and operating system know-how....but again the examples do help.

Over the years I've gain a lot of experience with Scansoft products....they are great.  I've never had the application crash.   

Best of luck,


RE: Image OCR Control

Well I do not know what happend to my post that was prior to jbs's so I will post it again as best as I can from memory.

The imaging controls that have been shipped with Windows 95, 98, NT, and 2000 are the standard versions of those controls which does not include the OCR capability. You can purchase the professional controls from...

Notice: The professional tools use Xerox's Text Bridge Pro Version 2.0. Xerox has since sold that division or that division has split off to become ScanSoft (http://www.scansoft.com). That happened many years ago and Scansoft is now on version 11.0 of their toolkit. The price of scansoft tools is really not for the home developer, but the price of the professional tools above are reasonable and the OCR is adequate for the home developer. I have used the professional tools noted above for some time and have used several versions of Scansoft's toolkit. Also the Professional tools come with enough VB code to get you will on your way to using their tools.

I Hope This Helps, Good Luck

RE: Image OCR Control

That is weird....I remember seeing vb5prgrmr's posting and I was trying to be supportive and mention the Scansoft solution.  I'm sure I saw the vb5prgrmr posting also.....never seen that happen before.

The original and recent question seems to have also vanished?


RE: Image OCR Control

Just a word of caution here. The Imaging controls are not allowed to be redistributed... There is a KB article on it but I don't have time to track it down right now....


RE: Image OCR Control


if you follow my second link you will see that there are distribution licenses that you can purchase for the distribution of Imaging Professional. The standard controls that come with the various OS's that I mention above cannot be redistrubuted. If you try to redistribute them your application will fail and you will have to reinstall the imaging for windows from the OS CD.

So, for a distribution note, if you make a program that you want to distribute that uses the Wang/Kodak controls, then while you are in the P&D wizard you will need to de-select the Wang/Kodak control in the list (you will see it). Then you will need to make sure that imaging for windows is installed on your target machine before you install your program. Once again you can install it from the OS CD.

I hope this helps. Good Luck

RE: Image OCR Control

I want use Image OCR control in VB6 or VB.net,
with Windows2000 but I couldn't find it.
Same situation in Win NT4.0
Can somebody help me?

RE: Image OCR Control

Please read this thread carefully and you will find your answer.

Good Luck

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