OCR software

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  1. kabab

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    Can anyone recommend some OCR software particularly something that is good at converting tables of data?
     
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    I've been taking a look in to this for where I work. ABBYY seemed to come up when I was looking at a few different document management solution's. What sort of documents are we talking AR/AP?

    OCR is one thing Doing volume and actually management is another.
     
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    We use Datacap, does the job alright I suppose. Preferred the licensing model before IBM bought them out.

    http://www-01.ibm.com/software/info/datacap/

    Also it really depends where you want the data to end up, for us it's a case of bringing it into datacap then it gets exported to Onbase which hangs off the back of our dynamics.

    Can we get some more detail?
     
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    Our suppliers don't really give out electronic parts catalogues so i got a stack of books here with thousands of line items in need to get into a database (magento)..

    Just hoping to find some software that can convert the tables reliably and perhaps setup some rules then batch process.
     
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    I reckon datacap could do that it builds fingerprints so say for example you have an invoice (that's what we do) you manually verify the first one and from there it knows where different fields live whenever it sees an invoice from that company and it can dump it where it belongs so date, etc. then it just exports it out where you need to.

    Your usage case though I'd be talking to a few vendors to see what suits.

    Batch OCR can be dangerous though over manual verification because no OCR is perfect and if you are putting that data somewhere the data entered is important you could end up with some grief, but you know hire some temps and get them to do it :)

    Maybe someone else has some ideas.
     
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    Yeah its just a stupid process all these product catalogue books they give us live somewhere in a database but for some god unknown reason they don't give that data out..

    So we going to have to go down this path of scan and verify...
     
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    sure they don't do pdf versions?

    that would make life very easy I would imagine as you could grab the data easier if it was already pdf (not scanned pdf obviously).
     
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    Some PDF's but mostly books with hundreds and hundreds of pages :(
     
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    So why do you need all of their parts in your system?

    wouldn't you have your own codes and then you order x part you bring it into your own system?
     
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    So people can come on our website and find the right part for their needs!

    There is no way around this probably going to have to brute force translate it all...
     
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    So I take it you are setting this up from scratch?

    I know the company I work for has hundreds of thousands of part codes, each of these is generated here we don't use supplier codes. But then we do manufacture a lot of what we sell.
     
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    Yeah doing it from scratch..

    It's a big ass job and we aren't manufacturing anything but we feel once we get it up and running i think most suppliers will change their tune and start handing over electronic data.
     
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    Good luck with that, good idea to use your own codes though imo.
     
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    This thread raises more questions than it answers :) sounds like a minefield of a problem to be solving and OCR is only going to get you some of the way
     
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    Have you looked at Re-Rite ?
     
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    kabab, you're not from Perth by any chance are you?
     
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    Nope from Syndey :)

    Sorry I goto be a bit cryptic till we are live!

    I'll check out re-rite
     
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