OCR-A

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What is the OCR-A font?

In 1968, American Type Founders produced OCR-A, one of the first optical character recognition typefaces to meet the criteria set by the U.S. Bureau of Standards. The design is simple so that it can be read by a machine, but it is slightly more difficult for the human eye to read.
OCR-A follows the 1981 standard set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), X-3.17-1981 (size I). The same design is also specified for the German DIN 66008 standard. OCR-B was designed in 1968 by Adrian Frutiger for Monotype. This design pushes the limits of the optical reader, but is easier for people to read. More…
OCR-B’s construction follows the ISO 1073/II-1976 (E) standard, with 1979 corrections (letterpress design, size I). Both OCR-A and OCR-B have “alternate” versions, which have the standard ISO-Adobe character set instead of the more limited OCR character set.

OCR-A Font families

The OCR-A includes the following font families:

  • OCR A Medium
  • OCR A Alternate

OCR-A Preview

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You're probably thinking - Is OCR-A available to Download for free?

The short answer is no. OCR-A is definitely not available as a free download font. This is a premium font which mean that you will have to pay to download and use it in your project. We showcase fonts on SharedFonts that are almost all premium fonts. Feel free to waste valuable hours of your time searching for a free download of OCR-A, but take it from me, you will not be successful in your quest. Just think how much time and effort you will save if you just pay for OCR-A and be done with it.

It is always best to pay for a premium font rather than trying to find an illegal download. The benefits of paying for OCR-A is that you get the license to use it leagally. If you're using an illegal version of OCR-A and you get caught, you or your client could get into some trouble legally with the publisher of OCR-A. Also it is highly unlikely that you'll be able to find OCR-A for free. Doing various searches on Google such as "Free OCR-A Download" you will see a lot of websites that will say "Free Download" but these are just attempts to get you to click on a link which will either take you to an ad landing page or you risk getting viruses on your computer. In the rare occasion that you do find a free download for OCR-A remember that it's illegal to use a font if you didn't pay for it!

If you really want OCR-A and you want to truly own it the legal and safe way, then click here to visit the download and purchase page on MyFonts.com. Here you will be able to obtain the proper license. The designer and publisher deserves to be paid for their work, as they have put in the hours and the creativity to produce such an amazing font. Good luck with your purchase and future use of this font. :)