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Handwriting Recognition Software FOR SCANS

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by Transformer, Aug 31, 2005.

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  1. Transformer

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    PLEASE NOTE-THIS IS NOT PEN- or MOBILE-RELATED!!!!!! THIS IS PC-RELATED!

    Looking for software which recognizes handwriting from a SCANNED TEXT DOCUMENT. I scanned in one doc and both Word and Notepad translated it as gibberish. What's out there for me???
     
  2. kiwiguy

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    Probably not much.

    Even commercial OCR (Optical Character Recognition) applications costing hundreds of thousands of dollars would struggle, due to the immense variations in handwriting styles

    http://cslu.cse.ogi.edu/HLTsurvey/ch2node6.html
     
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    That's what I'm looking for, the ReadIris. I do not need the cursive recognition. Thanks for the link. But before I spend $100+ on this software, I'd like to see some reviews. Where do I go to find reviews of software?
     
  5. JohnWill

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    Don't get your expectations up too high. While they may claim great things for the software, I suspect you'll be seeing a lot of mis-read characters...
     
  6. Saxon

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    Here is a review

    http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/software/productivity/0,39024190,39205236,00.htm

    and an extract from the review about handwriting: -

    Readiris Pro 10 is an excellent application, but its recognition of hand-written material is disappointing -- especially considering the company’s bold claims. In our tests, the accuracy rate was only around 85 percent. However, results can be improved by avoiding retracing and broken characters, and by not creating open loops in letters that should be closed. Speed and accuracy in the other standard OCR tests was much better. For instance, it took just 45 seconds to convert a 15-page document into a text file, with very few errors.
     
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    Handwriting is very problematic, and the style of the writing can affect the accuracy in a big way.
     
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