We all use PDFs regularly in our day to day lives. However, working with PDFs has its own set of problems. PDFs can often have embedded text or simply be an image converted to the PDF format. If a document is of either of these types, it can be difficult to extract data from it. But fear not, Zonal OCR comes to your rescue if you have a set of images that you wish to extract data from.
What is Zonal OCR?
To understand Zonal Optical Character Recognition or Zonal OCR, we first need to understand what OCR is. OCR or Optical Character Recognition is a well-known technology that is used to extract data from scanned and non-scanned PDF documents along with images. OCR technology can scan entire pages or images for signs of identifiable text. Using a pattern recognition algorithm, it then extracts data to a separate environment.
Zonal OCR might be considered the second generation of this technology. With Zonal OCR, you can identify and extract data from specific zones on a document or image. Different zones from the same document can be identified, and the data stored separately. You can structure the database of the extracted data as per your requirements.
What are the advantages of Zonal OCR?
A significant advantage is the loss of redundancy in data. If you do not have interest in all of the data included in a document or image and only want the part included in a particular region, Zonal OCR is the technology for you.
If you have a batch of similar images and want data from the same region in all of these images, you can train your zonal OCR algorithm to extract data from that particular region and then store it sequentially.
Applications of Zonal OCR
If you have a set of data in PDF format that needs to be analyzed, you can train your Zonal OCR tool to extract the data in table form by recognizing various fields of data. Similarly, you can train the algorithm on how to use Zonal OCR in invoices. An invoice contains various fields, such as name, date of transaction, products purchased, costs, etc., at different locations. If you have a well trained Zonal OCR algorithm, you can extract all of this data separately and store it as a structured database.
Docsumo employs Zonal OCR technology in multiple use-cases for different industries. Here are a few examples:-
Zonal OCR is a next-generation OCR software that has a number of advantages. It can be used to extract data from a particular location in a batch of PDF documents. Thus, it can reduce the time required to extract data in applications such as invoices and bills. If your data is tabular in a PDF document, Zonal OCR is a great option for converting it into an analyzable Excel sheet. This can be done with the help of the Docsumo’s free PDF to Excel converter tool.
This is a well-trained tool to increase the speed of data extraction and expedite analysis. Try out this tool. It’s completely free with no signup required.
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