How to Extract Handwritten Data from PDFs with AlgoDocs?

How to Extract Handwritten Data from PDFs

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. What is OCR?
  3. How does AlgoDocs do it?
  4. What are the supported file formats for data extraction?
  5. What are the supported languages for data recognition?
  6. How to extract handwritten data using AlgoDocs
  7. Conclusion

Want to learn how to extract handwritten data from PDFs easily at home or in your business? AlgoDocs is a powerful AI platform developed based on the latest technologies to streamline your processes and free your team from annoying and error-prone manual data entry by offering fast, secure, and accurate document data extraction. It helps you get rid of your workforce from repetitive, time-consuming, and error-prone manual data entry tasks such as extracting handwritten data.

With its AI capabilities, AlgoDocs gives one of, if not the best, user experiences and interfaces. Areas and applications of AlgoDocs include extracting handwriting, tables, key-value pairs, marks, and signatures from PDFs and image files. AlgoDocs offers a forever free subscription, with 50 pages processed every month.

What is OCR?

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) engines are primarily focused on machine-printed text and may produce low accuracy for handwritten text. Intelligent Character Recognition (ICR) is an advanced recognition system that is used to recognize handwritten text. This allows the automatic conversion of text in an image into letter codes that are usable within computer and text-processing applications.

Although many processes involve computer-based operations and are implemented in a digital environment, paper is still widely used across most core business processes such as mortgage origination, order fulfillment, contracts, and other documents that usually require handwritten input and signatures.

Nowadays, the digitalization of paper documents plays an important role, and deciding on the right data capture software is critical since handwriting recognition, unlike printed text recognition is a more complex task that usually involves advanced deep learning algorithms.

How Does AlgoDocs Do It?

AlgoDocs can convert handwritten text into machine-printed text with high accuracy. With the Intelligent Character Recognition (ICR) of AlgoDocs, you can automate your document processing workflow and get rid of manual data entry. Scan your paper documents with handwritten text and let AlgoDocs automatically extract data and convert it to Excel or JSON.

Let’s consider the following portion of a scanned document, which contains a table of five columns filled with handwritten numbers.

If you upload this image to your account at AlgoDocs, you will see the following output, which has 100% accuracy. AlgoDocs uses advanced ICR engines trained with Artificial Intelligence algorithms and Deep Learning.

Extracting data from various document formats could be a challenging task, especially when it comes to the necessity to extract specific data sets from files containing different types of documents that span across multiple pages.

In these quick materials, we will list key features that are available in AlgoDocs, and which will help you to extract data from your documents using the AlgoDocs advanced AI engine without relying on templates or even labeling and training your files.

What Are the Supported File Formats for Data Extraction?

You may upload to AlgoDocs different types of files of different Image formats for data recognition and data extraction:

  • Portable Document Format (PDF)
  • Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG)
  • Portable Graphics Format (PNG)
  • Tagged Image File Format (TIFF)

What Are the Supported Languages for Data Recognition?

AlgoDocs supports data extraction from documents with Arabic, Armenian, Belorussian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lao, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Nepali, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, and many other up to 200 languages.

How to Extract Handwritten Data from PDFs Using AlgoDocs

Step 1: Log in to your AlgoDocs account and go to the home page which is the Dashboard.

Step 2: Click on the Extractors tab, where you can see the Create button on the top right side, click on it.

Step 3: Choose the Custom Extractor, for getting structured data from your documents as you need it.

Step 4: A pop-up window will appear, upload your sample file to extract data from. Click on the Choose file, to locate the document from your device storage folder, then assign a name to the extractor. Once done, click on the Create Extractor button.

It will populate under Extractors as below; in this article, our example is called “Sample1.”

Step 5: Click on the blue button labeled “Manage”, to create the data to be extracted.

Step 6: Click on Add to choose what type of extraction method you want, here, you may use rule-based and AI extraction.

In this example, we will choose the AI extraction method, “Form Data Extraction.”

After clicking on “Form data extraction”, the page that you want to extract data from will appear on a new page. On the Top Right corner click on” Continue”.

Step 7:  The raw data from your document is displayed. Now use available filters to select certain data, and update, or format the extracted data as you like. Once done, write the Field/Table name on the Left side inside the blank text box, and click the SAVE button on the right side.

Step 8:  Now go to the extracted date and choose the extractor name, from the first drop-down menu. The extractor will populate the extracted date information.

To view the extracted data, click on the Rows, and the data will populate as below.

 Then choose to download the data as Excel, JSON, or XML

Final Thoughts

As we can see AlgoDocs performs well in handwritten text extraction from scanned documents.

Feel free to start a free subscription right now and test your handwritten scanned documents. You can use AlgoDocs for free forever with 50 pages per month. If you need to process a higher number of pages, then please see our affordable pricing plans.

Please contact us if you need any assistance.

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