Sunday, February 28, 2016

Microsoft updates free OCR library, adds four more languages

In February Microsoft announced that the Windows 10 November update enables OCR support for four new languages, bringing the total number of supported languages to 25.

While they did not list what languages they added, they mentioned that this OCR technology is the same that is “used in major products like Word, OneNote, OneDrive, Bing, Office Lens, andTranslator for various scenarios, including image indexing, document reconstruction, and augmented reality.”

Azure VM Performance for OCR

In Fall 2015, Microsoft Azure released its Dv2-Series Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), with  “with compute processors that are approximately 35 percent faster than the  D-Series VM sizes” (Microsoft).  The Dv2-series are based on the latest generation 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon E5-2673 v3 Haswell processor. But what is the best option for OCR?

Saturday, September 19, 2015

"Hosted Microsoft OCR library": Free OCR API

Do you want to test the new Microsoft OCR library Microsoft.Windows.Ocr in an ASP.NET project, a C#/VB.NET desktop (non-Windows Store) app, Chrome extension, or an Android/iOS/Mac/Linux application? Then read on.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Online OCR and OCR API hickups

Our Online OCR and OCR API service is in beta testing. Today we discovered that it has issues with certain PDF files since the last system update. These might bring the system to a stop until the OCR processor is restarted.

As of now, everything works again, but as the core issue is not resolved yet, further intermittent downtimes are likely. But we will fix the core issue asap. Watch this space for updates.

Update Sep 15: All fixed, happy OCR'ing!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Baidu launches free OCR API (and nobody noticed?)

Baidu offers a free OCR API (百度OCR文字识别)
Since its launch in June 2015 the OCR API
page received 51585 visits, was bookmarked
270 times and there are 247 posts in the forum.
On June 1, 2015 Baidu -the biggest search engine in China- launched a new cloud service: Free OCR API (百度OCR文字识别). The catch? The documentation is in Chinese only. Thus, even so the launch was already three months ago, I could not locate a single English language blog post about it. This is a pity, it is really useful. So here we go.

The facts:

1.To use the service, you need to sign up for a Baidu developer account (free, but in Chinese only.. you get the idea). The good news is that international (non-Chinese) mobile phone numbers work just fine for receiving the confirmation code.