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OCRFeeder - OCR made easy on GNOME (GUADEC 2012)

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By Joaquim Rocha. …

By Joaquim Rocha.

Currently there are still a lot of documents still stored in paper format and this presents some problems related to preservation, flexibility and even ecology.

With the current Free Software OCR engines it is possible to get a good accuracy rate when converting printed text to digital format but these engines only perform that basic conversion and know nothing about a document's structure and elements.

OCRFeeder presents itself as an easy to use solution implemented for GNOME that performs automatic content detection in pages, allows manual correction and uses the system-wide OCR engines to convert the text. It allows to export the documents in various formats such as ODT, HTML or PDF.

This project stands as the most complete Free Software solution for converting printed documents to digital formats and competes with the proprietary alternatives.

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  • 1. OCRFeeder static void _f_do_barnacle_install_properties(GObjectClass *gobject_class) { GParamSpec *pspec; /* Party code attribute */ pspec = g_param_spec_uint64 (F_DO_BARNACLE_CODE, "Barnacle code.", "Barnacle code", 0, G_MAXUINT64, G_MAXUINT64 /* default value */, G_PARAM_READABLE | G_PARAM_WRITABLE | G_PARAM_PRIVATE); OCR Made Easy on GNOME g_object_class_install_property (gobject_class, F_DO_BARNACLE_PROP_CODE, Joaquim Rocha jrocha@igalia.com July 27 2012
  • 2. What is it? Document Analysis and Optical Character Recognition for GNOME Joaquim Rocha (Igalia) · OCRFeeder · GUADEC 2012
  • 3. Why? Paper has a number of problems No applications for GNU/Linux to do a fair job Joaquim Rocha (Igalia) · OCRFeeder · GUADEC 2012
  • 4. Paper problems: Security Joaquim Rocha (Igalia) · OCRFeeder · GUADEC 2012 CC Photo by: http://www.flickr.com/photos/badwsky/
  • 5. Paper problems: Preservation Joaquim Rocha (Igalia) · OCRFeeder · GUADEC 2012 CC Photo by: http://www.flickr.com/photos/98469445@N00/
  • 6. Paper problems: Data processing Joaquim Rocha (Igalia) · OCRFeeder · GUADEC 2012 CC Photo by: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hugovk/
  • 7. Paper problems: Ecology Joaquim Rocha (Igalia) · OCRFeeder · GUADEC 2012 CC Photo by: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pranavsingh/
  • 8. Paper problems: Accessibility Joaquim Rocha (Igalia) · OCRFeeder · GUADEC 2012 CC Photo by: http://www.flickr.com/photos/illustrator/
  • 9. No fair conversion apps for GNU/Linux apart from OCR engines, but... Joaquim Rocha (Igalia) · OCRFeeder · GUADEC 2012
  • 10. OCR != Document Conversion (it only deals with chars) (does not consider the layout) (does not distinguish contents) Joaquim Rocha (Igalia) · OCRFeeder · GUADEC 2012
  • 11. What's needed is Document Analysis and Recognition (conversion of documents to an electronic format) (first projects in the 80s) Joaquim Rocha (Igalia) · OCRFeeder · GUADEC 2012
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  • 13. Joaquim Rocha (Igalia) · OCRFeeder · GUADEC 2012
  • 14. How it works Joaquim Rocha (Igalia) · OCRFeeder · GUADEC 2012
  • 15. So many layouts... Joaquim Rocha (Igalia) · OCRFeeder · GUADEC 2012 CC Photo by: http://www.flickr.com/photos/uber-tuber/
  • 16. Layouts vary with the type of document What works on detecting one, won't work on others Joaquim Rocha (Igalia) · OCRFeeder · GUADEC 2012
  • 17. OCRFeeder focuses on contents, not on layouts! Joaquim Rocha (Igalia) · OCRFeeder · GUADEC 2012
  • 18. Key concept: If a document image can be divided in windows of 1 (content) or 0 (not content), then it is possible to group all the 1s and outline the contents Joaquim Rocha (Igalia) · OCRFeeder · GUADEC 2012
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  • 20. Recognition: System-wide OCR engines are used Engines are configured from the GUI or XML files Joaquim Rocha (Igalia) · OCRFeeder · GUADEC 2012
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  • 22. Most known free OCR engines are detected and configured automatically: * Tesseract * GOCR * OCRAD * Cuneiform Joaquim Rocha (Igalia) · OCRFeeder · GUADEC 2012
  • 23. Exportation formats: ODT HTML Plain text PDF Joaquim Rocha (Igalia) · OCRFeeder · GUADEC 2012
  • 24. User interaction: Users can edit everything and review the algorithm's results So, UI can work in attended and unattended ways CLI only works in an unattended mode Joaquim Rocha (Igalia) · OCRFeeder · GUADEC 2012
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  • 26. Demo time! Joaquim Rocha (Igalia) · OCRFeeder · GUADEC 2012
  • 27. Other features: * PDF importation * Unpaper preprocessor * Font style edition * Image deskewing * OCR results cleaning * Project saving/loading Joaquim Rocha (Igalia) · OCRFeeder · GUADEC 2012
  • 28. Future: * More exportation formats: HOCR, etc. * Make OCR engines' management easier Joaquim Rocha (Igalia) · OCRFeeder · GUADEC 2012
  • 29. Webpage: http://live.gnome.org/OCRFeeder git: http://git.gnome.org/ocrfeeder Bugzilla: http://bugzilla.gnome.org product: OCRFeeder Joaquim Rocha (Igalia) · OCRFeeder · GUADEC 2012
  • 30. Thank you! Joaquim Rocha (Igalia) · OCRFeeder · GUADEC 2012

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