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Topic # 58458 12-Mar-2010 13:26
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Hi All

I am looking for software which I can best describe as a product that preforms a function somewhere between face and licence plate recognition tasks.

I photograph approximatley 700 students and have to rename each file with their surname and initials manually.

The subject holds a large piece of paper with their name and details on it in the photo and it would be great if there is software out their that could read and reconise this, convert it and write this as the files name.

Does anybody out there have any ideas.

Thanks Paul

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  Reply # 306656 12-Mar-2010 15:19
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kiwipawl: The subject holds a large piece of paper with their name and details on it in the photo and it would be great if there is software out their that could read and reconise this, convert it and write this as the files name.

You would be better off to scan something before each photo, and use that to rename the file.

We had a courier company who needed to store massive quantities of proof of delivery forms.  Because each had to survive the back pockets of truck drivers, it was impossible to run them through a scanner.

The solution was a digital camera hooked up with a barcode scanner.  The proof of delivery was placed in front of the camera, the barcode scanner scans the barcode, triggers the camera to take a photo, and the image was stored as ID.jpg. 

Hope this gives you some ideas.

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  Reply # 306662 12-Mar-2010 15:40
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There is proably software you can use.....but they're designed for corporates and tend to have a corporate price tag.

We've used captiva before to read bar codes off scanned documents (000's at a time).

It does have facilities for text OCR as well.  It's sold by EMC, and they may have a more reasonable "personal" version which is a bit more manual, but not have the nasty accompanying pricetag (Scansoft is hte name that springs to mind).

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