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A device for converting facsimile images of hardcopy documents into real text digital output.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014142D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Feb-07
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Embedded Optical Character Recognition in a document scanning device. Disclosed is a document scanning device with embedded Optical Character Recognition (OCR). Document scanning devices generally support basic image based operations such as copy, fax, file, or e-mail. Advanced OCR capabilities are generally provided as software for personal computers or shared servers. New applications, cost savings, and improved access are made possible by embedding the OCR capability in the document scanning device.

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  A device for converting facsimile images of hardcopy documents into real text digital output.

Embedded Optical Character Recognition in a document scanning device. Disclosed is a document scanning device with embedded Optical Character Recognition (OCR). Document scanning devices generally support basic image based operations such as copy, fax, file, or e-mail. Advanced OCR capabilities are generally provided as software for personal computers or shared servers. New applications, cost savings, and improved access are made possible by embedding the OCR capability in the document scanning device.

The typical embodiment of this invention is a Multi Function Device (MFD). An MFD is ideal because it serves as a common access point for paper documents and it includes a digital network connection. With this invention, MFDs can be used to convert text in paper documents to digital documents which can be edited and searched rather than only viewed. This invention also significantly reduces the size of the digital file because it contains coded characters rather than images of characters. This reduces the storage and distribution bandwidth costs. Finally, this invention makes OCR more available at a lower cost. Computer skills are not required to use the OCR capability which is as easy to user as a traditional copier. Also, the OCR software is only licensed and supported for use in the shared MFDs rather than for each personal computer.

Traditional systems for converting hard copy documents into real text exist as pure software packages only, requiring the user of the software package to have a scanner for converting the hard copy data into facsimile data, as well as having a computer system sufficient to run the software package for converting the scanned image to text. The combined complexity of this configuration make it impossible for the typical office worker to benefit from these software systems. The workflow of these traditional systems is also cumbersome and com...