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Scan Document with handwritting to a database

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#1 maverick1975


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Posted 21 May 2013 - 01:46 PM

We are looking for a solution that would facilitate capturing handwritten data on a inspection checksheet at our company:
1.  Scan in handwritten forms
2.  Put the scanned in forms into a "processing queue"
3.  Software looks at the processing queue and reads the data handwritten on the form.  (see attached example of scanned in document).
4.  Take the handwritten data using ICR (intelligent character recognition) and put the values into a database.

What software solution / vendors would you recommend using for a process like this?


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#2 NoHz


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Posted 25 May 2013 - 01:22 PM

Optical handwriting recognition can be tricky. Since people have many different writing styles the programs are prone to errors but they can be patched manually. ABBYY is one of the leading companies and has some free trials you may be interested in.


Heres thier website: http://www.abbyy.com.

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 02:50 PM

Having worked with optical scanning software that scanned typed text, I can tell you even those are prone to numerous, annoying errors. Looks like there are quite a few programs out there that will do what you are asking, but be prepared to spend LOTS of time going through the scanned text and cleaning it up. There are no fool-proof solutions, and if you plan on scanning large numbers of handwritten documents, you'll probably have to assign someone full-time to just going through the scanned versions and clean them up.

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