|Developer(s)||Antonio Diaz Diaz|
|Stable release||0.21 / January 11, 2011|
|Type||Optical character recognition|
|License||GNU General Public License|
Based on a feature extraction method, it reads images in portable pixmap formats known as Portable anymap, and produces text in byte (8-bit) or UTF-8 formats. Also included is a layout analyser, able to separate the columns or blocks of text normally found on printed pages.
User interface 
Kooka, which was the KDE environment's default scanning application until KDE 4, can use Ocrad as its OCR engine. Because development of the program ceased in 2007, current versions of KDE no longer contain Kooka. Ocrad can be also used as an OCR engine in OCRFeeder.
Ocrad has been developed by Antonio Diaz Diaz since 2003. Version 0.7 was released in February 2004, 0.14 in February 2006 and 0.18 in May 2009. It is written in C++.
Archives of the bug-ocrad mailing list go back to October 2003.
- Diaz, Antonio (2011-01-11). "Version 0.21 of GNU Ocrad released". bug-ocrad. http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-ocrad/2011-01/msg00001.html. Retrieved 2012-08-07.
- "GNU". Retrieved 25 June 2012.
- "Ocrad - The GNU OCR". Retrieved 25 June 2012.
- "Kooka home page". Retrieved 19 July 2010.
- "GNOME GIT source code repository". Retrieved 3 February 2010.
- "bug-ocrad Archives". Retrieved 20 July 2010.
- Ocrad GNU Project Homepage
- Peter Selinger's Review of Linux OCR software
- Andreas Gohr Linux OCR Software Comparison
- Online OCR server powered by Ocrad
- Tesseract & Ocrad comparison, Linux Journal