MODI Alternative in Office 2010

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hermanschutte on Sun, 18 Jul 2010 11:06:47

I've been using the MODI component to OCR documents in C# with Office 2003 and 2007. With Office 2010, this component is no longer available.

Does anyone have any examples of the OCR component in Office 2010? VB.Net or C# will be fine, thanks.


Ji.Zhou on Mon, 19 Jul 2010 14:04:10


You can use it from OneNote 2010. Check replies here,


Best regards,
Ji Zhou - MSFT
Microsoft Online Community Support

tagcloud on Mon, 02 Aug 2010 13:48:21


We have written an ASP.NET 2.0 application that makes use of MODI from Office 2007 to perform OCR on images. it is the heart of our application. We bought a 64 bit server and installed MS Windows server 2008 64 bit to make use of higher than 4GB RAM. When we port our application on the 64 bit server we got an error. After doing lot of research we realised that MODI will not work on 64 bit server/OS. Since there no 64 bit Office 2007 server we thought office 2010 may be the solution, only to realise that MODI is deprecated. But I notice from your answers here that OCR component is not deprecated and can be used from OneNote. But we need to use it from a web application. Can we still do it ? If so what dll can we use?

Manvir Singh on Mon, 02 Aug 2010 20:49:20

Hi tagcloud,

As far as I know, the OCR is a featuer built into OneNote 2010, it is not a separate component (DLL) that can be used in external applications.

Also as a side note, automating Office applications on Server side is a very unstable architecture; there are many issues related to this. Here is a KB article that describes about some of the issue and also suggests some alternatives:

Considerations for server-side Automation of Office


Manvir Singh


tagcloud on Wed, 11 Aug 2010 14:35:35

 HI Ji

My query is

"Can we access MODI functionality programmatically from office 2010" ?


SharpPT on Wed, 27 Oct 2010 10:59:45

I have the same issue. I have an app that uses MODI object model to perform OCR and i would like to know if this feature is available in Office2010, if so how can it be used.

Anyone knows something about this?



Hirendra Sisodiya on Thu, 14 Apr 2011 11:30:12

 i am also facing this issues....

have you found any soloution???/

mehrdad aboudizadeh on Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:04:34

I aslo have the same issue, we developed something that works for my client but we cannot make any changes to it

macropod on Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:56:43

Actually, the MODI component is avaliable for Office 2010. See: Install MODI for use with Microsoft Office 2010