Is there software to OCR handwritten text?
The handwriting counterpart to OCR (optical character recognition) is called ICR (intelligent character recognition). ICR can identify individual characters in scanned forms and documents, eliminating the need for manual data entry. ICR is less accurate than OCR; handwritten text is generally not as clear and well-defined as computer generated text, but there have been significant improvements in software quality, and ICR is becoming more widespread.
In what situations is it necessary to OCR handwritten text?
ICR is used in many industries, ranging from banking to healthcare. In banking, for example, ICR is used to process checks. Advanced software can recognize the amount on the check even when it is handwritten, though OCR for typed checks is still more accurate and requires manual confirmation less frequently. In other industries, such as healthcare, for example, ICR is used to process handwritten forms and enter the information into databases. It can also be helpful when processing questionnaires, purchase forms, and other documents that cannot be processed with regular OCR. Handwritten forms no longer require the tedious manual data entry of the past.
Where can I find software that can OCR handwritten text?
CVISION offers a unique solution called Trapeze to take care of all of your automated forms processing needs. Trapeze contains for OCR and ICR, as well as barcode recognition, check box recognition, and advanced image processing technology. Trapeze can help your business reduce processing time by automating previously manual tasks.
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