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Status Not under consideration
Workspace Visual Recognition
Created by Guest
Created on Sep 28, 2017

Document Text Recognition / OCR

Would like the specific ability to be able to recognize text in documents, such as PDFs.

Idea Priority Low
Who would benefit from this IDEA? As a user, I want to be able to extract text from documents.
  • Guest
    Dec 4, 2017

    @Wolfgang - I would reach out to the DataCap team to hear about their Cloud plans. Full-document reading is not in our current roadmap. As Shantenu said, we are focused on text within photos someone might take (text should generally be 5% of screen...currently optimized for full English words...)

  • Guest
    Dec 2, 2017

    The new Text Model will not be optimized for documents, but focus on larger text you may find on boxes, street signs etc.

  • Guest
    Dec 1, 2017

    yes, it is in the near roadmap. BTW, I have played with the dark beta and it works pretty well (tested on my pay sheet)...

  • Guest
    Nov 13, 2017

    Wolfgang, this feature exists in IBM land, just not within Watson Visual Recognition. It is under the "DataCap" team, since it is more doc processing and outside image/video/face detection and recognition.