CuneiForm 12

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CuneiForm is a program for text recognizing from scanned pages or photos. The project was commercial earlier but now it’s open source and its files are free for access and editing.

CuneiForm works as a system of optical symbol recognition (OSR) and allows to convert text files that are presented as a scan copy, images or paper versions into a form that is easy to edit on PC. Along with that, the program automatically detects layout elements adding them into the final file. As a result, user won’t have to create a template of his document again.

CuneiForm allows you to convert files from the graphic format to the text format using text recognition in more than 20 languages. Besides that, there is a special combination of Russian and English languages in the program that takes into consideration possible Anglicisms, names in transliteration and foreign terms without direct translation.

The CuneiForm’s interface is rather simple and is not the strongest side of the project. The program has certain difficulties during minimizing it into tray and then opening again. As for the rest, it reminds a text editor with very limited functionality that includes the basic formatting options, print, preview and recognition options.

The recognition process runs quite quickly in CuneiForm. The quality of the final files is high too due to the in-built dictionaries that reduce the chances of nonexistent words being left in text.


  • Free distribution.
  • Supports modern operating systems of the Microsoft Windows family.
  • Open source.
  • In-built dictionaries.
  • Capable of recognizing text in low-quality photocopies, faxes, scans and prints that were made by the matrix printers.
  • Saves initial document layout.
  • Supports both open and commercial file formats.

Changes in recent version

Author: Cognitive Technologies
Price: Free
Windows: XP, Vista, 7

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