Today we’ve updated the OCR engine running inside ABBYY Cloud OCR SDK service for a newer, improved version.
The new engine provides higher OCR accuracy and better export results together with principally new additional functionality that will be announced separately.
Before the update we’ve already tested the new engine carefully and got very positive feedback from the customers who had agreed to test it. Also, the new engine is successfully used in production by many of our offline customers (in the form of ABBYY FineReader Engine 11) for already more than half of a year. General accuracy on a large number of documents will be higher for the new version - we know this because we’ve tested the improvements on tens of thousands of real documents. However, the OCR result for particular images can differ from the results received using the previous version, because OCR algorithm is not a simple one. It is a very sophisticated artificial intelligence algorithm, and even a small change in it influences the outcome.
API has not changed at all, so there is no need to change anything in your code.
I hope you will enjoy the new level of accuracy and ease of use of our newly updated service!
A recent post in Alvin Ashcraft's Morning Dew technology Blog shared a step-by-step process of creating a simple OCR applications using a trial version of the FineReader Engine by ABBYY. Here is what Alvin said to summarize the plot of his post:
This week we have a nice casy study to share with you. VIVID Interactive agency utilized ABBYY Cloud OCR SDK to recognize client’s business cards in their interactive solution for Volvo booth at Moscow International Automobile Salon 2012.
Here is what they say about the solution: «…We turned the iPad into an all-mighty guest scanning superpower: you could order brochures & test-drives using just your business card which auto recognition, your Volvo owner's card, an RFID card or a barcode. And it was elegantly wrapped in a custom handmade oak casing, too. :)»
Enjoy watching beautiful russian girls and cloud BCR service in the video below:
“ABBYY Cloud OCR SDK was implemented in no time and met all our expectations. Business cards recognition works like a dream – fast, reliably, with only a few errors," said Denis Zeltser, creative director at VIVID Interactive. "There have been some business cards printed in various languages, and ABBYY solution’s processed them spotlessly.”