Resources and suggestions for iOS developers

OCR-IT Cloud-based OCR API was one of the first high-quality online OCR Optical Character Recognition) services on the market. It launched in 2009 and started to appear in various implementations by 2010. On of the first apps on Apple Store was FotoNote app, which to this day gets 5-star rating due to high OCR quality. Many other apps followed with unique and creative uses of OCR. OCR-IT offers a number of plans and resources to enable iOS developers to use the OCR-IT API in their own apps. Pricing Plans All currently available pricing plans are listed here: Pricing Plans Development Account – developers receive Free account and full access to API for entire development and testing lifecycle.  Full access to resources is provided along with live testing environment.  Sign up to Development & Testing plan to start the development. Production Account – once the app is ready to go live, a different subscription from Development & Testing plan is needed.  Developer can choose any other plan available from OCR-IT plan selection page, depending on the estimated volume of images to be processed.  Alternatively, a custom plan can be discussed and created if Developer finds that a different licensing model will be more beneficial. API Technical Resources There are three major sources of technical information for iOS developers: API Documentation – detailed technical documentation explaining every part of OCR service and its usage. OCR-IT Blog – a number of articles containing tips, tricks and best approaches to creating powerful and effective OCR-based apps. OCR-IT Support Team – technical experts with many years of OCR and image processing experience.  OCR-IT staff can help answer theoretic and practical questions regarding image and text quality, use...

OCR-IT Team attended Apps World 2013 tradeshow in San Francisco – post visit summary

If your have attended Apps World 2013 last week, you could not have missed OCR-IT corner booth right in front of ‘Media & Speakers Lounge”.  OCR-IT Team members were wearing bright yellow sweaters and gave away environmentally-friendly carry bags, cell phone stands, and other items to booth visitors.  We had many great conversations, suggestions about future cloud-based OCR products, questions about API and valuable feedback about our existing services.   It was interesting to see people look at our diagrams for a few seconds, and then exclaim “That’s a good idea!” or “I did not know that was possible!” or “I could definitely use it in my apps!“.   On the first day over 7,000 attendees walked the show floor learning about new and emerging technologies, major service providers, and big-name players in Apps and Mobile markets.  OCR-IT shared two major offerings: OCR-IT Cloud 2.0 API and Managed OCR Services. Visitors attended seminars, visited vendor booths, and overall enjoyed modern high-tech environment between sessions. OCR-IT Team members demonstrated OCR capabilities on the spot via Web browser and mobile apps created by other third-party developers using OCR-IT API on iPhone, iPad, Android devices.  Visitors asked to take pictures of signs, their badges, business cards, receipts, books they were carrying and other text-based documents just to see how OCR-IT could process them.  Within a few seconds of processing and after seeing processing results in digital text, they were impressed with high accuracy of OCR from OCR-IT Web service.  It was great to see their reaction, smiles, and sparkles in their eyes as numerous ideas how to use OCR-IT services jumped into their minds. The second day was slower, and OCR-IT Team had more time...

Standard Process for Managed Document Conversion and Outsourcing

OCR-IT Document Conversion Services Team uses the following methodology and project progress tracking for every Document Conversion task. Party Stage Task Client INITIATION Issue the Order for Service, complete Service Agreement, discuss project progression. Client PREPARATION Prepare documents for processing.  Documents should be in PDF (without password protection or content extraction limitations), TIF, JPEG, BMP, PNG file format.  Documents may be in sub-folder structure, or in a single folder.  This original structure will be preserved for Delivery. Client SEND Documents should be provided to OCR-IT for processing. Media options are: – FTP (OCR-IT will provide secure FTP location) – HDD (Recommended for large volumes over several GB) – Any other standard storage media, such as USB drive, flash card, DVD, etc. Sending options are: – FedEx – FTP – Local pickup (for urgent projects) OCR-IT SETUP Documents are received and checked for transmission errors.  Processing profile is created.  Processing settings are confirmed to client. OCR-IT PROOF RUN A small sample set is processed using created settings.  Processed set is delivered to client for review. Client PROOF CHECK Sample is reviewed and settings confirmed.  Upon confirmation, OCR-IT locks down settings to be used for the entire volume. OCR-IT PRODUCTION Entire volume goes into production with confirmed settings.  Progress updates are provided every 48 hours to completion. OCR-IT QA Upon completion, results are checked using following techniques: – Total count IN = total count OUT – File name IN = file name OUT – Random spot check to verify successful processing (searchability) and desired file format output (per settings) NOTE: Some projects may or may not include manual verification of text. OCR-IT DELIVERY...

ScanThing Chooses OCR-IT Cloud-Based OCR API Platform to Conquer Mobile Scanning and OCR in New Mobile Productivity App for Android Smart Phones and Tablets

OCR-IT LLC, a fast-growing document conversion and online image recognition company, today announced that its cloud-based OCR Web API, code-named “OCR Cloud 2.0”, has been selected by ScanThing to enable mobile OCR in this mobile productivity application for the Android platform. Officials at OCR-IT LLC stated: “OCR-IT is particularly suited to helping app developers integrate seamless OCR into Android apps. We believe that OCR capabilities stand out as a feature that adds significant value to these applications since they allow users to quickly translate paper-based documents into usable formats. Users are looking for ways to do more, and do it more quickly and we want to help developers deliver those capabilities.” ScanThing allows users to capture images of documents taken with a smart phone and then extracts text and saves and archives the documents. Later, these documents are readily available and can be found by using a key word search. ScanThing enters the marketplace as the first and only app that allows this complete capture and document management functionality on the Android operating system. “We are thrilled about the positive feedback we have already gotten in the Android Marketplace in such a short time,” said Samuel Daly, marketing manager at ScanThing. “In fact, we have sold our app to over 30 different countries around the world in our first month.” The application typically takes just a few seconds to perform the picture to text extraction process. Once it’s complete, users can view the original image along with the extracted text. They then have the option to tag documents for fast finding in the document dashboard. The app recognizes text...