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    Posted on Craig Benson Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

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    This topic contains 8 replies, has 4 voices, and was last updated by  wavy 2 years, 9 months ago.

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    • #507551 Reply

      Craig Benson
      AskWoody Plus

      I am trying to find software that will OCR the text from an insurance card. I have a PenPower Pro scanner, but the business card scanning software included does a horrible job on insurance cards (I’m a medical professional). I used to use the OCR included in Office 2007, but it no longer functions properly in W10. I’ve tried a couple of free options, with inadequate results, but I’m unwilling to spend hundreds on a program that may or may not do the job.

      This is pretty simple stuff- I just want an image of the card, and the ability to select and paste the ID numbers into my main program (to eliminate transcription errors). Suggestions would be much appreciated.

    • #1584288 Reply

      joep517
      AskWoody MVP

      Have you tried the native scanning in Windows 10?

      You could also try Office Lens. Works on a PC or a smartphone. Look in the Store.

      --Joe

    • #1584297 Reply

      wavy
      AskWoody Plus

      Plastic cards? Maybe setting to greyscale and adjusting settings might suffice.

      🍻

      Just because you don't know where you are going doesn't mean any road will get you there.
    • #1584305 Reply

      Craig Benson
      AskWoody Plus

      I’d be real interested in finding the native OCR in Windows 10! I have used the Scan app, which gives me the picture but no OCR. I have tried Office Lens, and can’t figure how to get it to OCR- in addition, it seems to work only with the camera, not a scanner. Similarly I had been told that One Note does OCR, and it works fine with previously acquired PDFs, but has no way to scan into the app (that I can find).

      Seems this should be way simpler than it turns out to be.

      • #1584398 Reply

        wavy
        AskWoody Plus

        I’d be real interested in finding the native OCR in Windows 10! I have used the Scan app, which gives me the picture but no OCR.

        I do not believe it exists, but if it did it would likely send your image to the cloud to dissect and perhaps disseminate. As a medical professional, if in the USA you certainly want to avoid HIPPA compliance problems.

        🍻

        Just because you don't know where you are going doesn't mean any road will get you there.
    • #1584310 Reply

      joep517
      AskWoody MVP

      With Office Lens you can take a picture and have it turned into a Word document. You can also import previously taken pictures.

      --Joe

    • #1584314 Reply

      Craig Benson
      AskWoody Plus

      If I import a card into Lens, then save it as a Word document, it ‘sort of’ gives me a document that I can copy and paste- it misses some aspects of the card altogether, does not preserve case for letters in the ID. If I import a picture into One Note, supposedly I can right click and paste text, but that doesn’t happen.

      It’s also way too cumbersome to do the process: Scan, then import into Lens, then save to Word- each step takes tens of seconds rather than the Scan-Copy I could do with Share Point Designer Microsoft Office Document Imaging. Not great for a busy office. Thought maybe I could go back to Office Document Imaging- it comes with what is now a free download with Share Point Designer 2007- but after install it throws an error and closes before scanning. Frustrating.

    • #1584317 Reply

      Paul T
      AskWoody MVP

      Have you tried the software listed in this “review”?
      http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/top-5-free-ocr-software-tools-to-convert-your-images-into-text-nb/

      cheers, Paul

    • #1584345 Reply

      joep517
      AskWoody MVP

      I’ve taken pictures of several printed docs with Office Lens, saved them as Word documents, and edited them later. Too bad that won’t work for you.

      --Joe

    • #1584421 Reply

      Craig Benson
      AskWoody Plus

      Excellent point, wavy. I’ve given up on trying to get Windows / Office to do the deed, now looking into some free OCR software as suggested above. No way I can use anything that will be communicating with the mothership.

      • #1584598 Reply

        mngerhold
        AskWoody Lounger

        Have a go with Irfanview (excellent free picture viewer) with the Kadmos free OCR plugin found at http://irfanview.info/plugins/kadmos/

        I have only just tried it, and can’t vouch for its accuracy. Irfanview may even be able to talk to the scanner directly.

    • #1584599 Reply

      WSdogberry
      AskWoody Lounger

      I am trying to find software that will OCR the text from an insurance card. I have a PenPower Pro scanner, but the business card scanning software included does a horrible job on insurance cards (I’m a medical professional). I used to use the OCR included in Office 2007, but it no longer functions properly in W10. I’ve tried a couple of free options, with inadequate results, but I’m unwilling to spend hundreds on a program that may or may not do the job.

      This is pretty simple stuff- I just want an image of the card, and the ability to select and paste the ID numbers into my main program (to eliminate transcription errors). Suggestions would be much appreciated.

      I suggest you contact the issuer and ask what they recommend as the most convenient way of transcribing it. You are attempting to do the very thing the security measures incorporated in the card are designed to defeat.

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