Scanning & Capture

The TWAIN Working Group (TWG), a not-for-profit organization designed to provide and foster an open source, public standard for image acquisition devices and software applications, has made its first public release of its TWAIN Direct specifications.

Key international Kodak Alaris executives flew into the NSW Hunter Valley last month for the global imaging giant’s first ANZ partner event in over 10 years. There they were joined by the company’s growing roster of dedicated Australian staff as well as Australian and New Zealand BPOs, resellers and system integrators who experienced an intensive two days showcasing the drive towards Digital Transformation in 2020 and beyond.

Accusoft has released new libraries that allow UiPath, the enterprise Robotic Process Automation (RPA) software company, to enable users with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) capabilities in the cloud. The libraries are now available on UiGo!, UiPath's online marketplace. 

Google Photos has quietly introduced a new feature that provides automatic character recognition on all your photos and screenshots. This lets you search your Google Photos library by any text string and copy and paste the results into a document or form.

TWAIN is a living standard offering efficiency, interoperability and integration benefits for end users and integrators. The TWAIN driver runs between an application and the scanner hardware and usually comes as part of the software package included with a scanner.

Dynamsoft has introduced version 7.0 of its Barcode Reader software development kit which adds a Scan Directly mode and an entirely new framework to prepare it for future enhancements.

Palette Software has published a guide to OCR, invoice scanning and invoice data capture comparing the latest technologies for capturing data from either paper, emailed, or electronic format invoices.

NetDocuments, the cloud-based content services platform for law firms, corporate legal teams and compliance departments, has announced NetDocuments OCR, its exclusive integration with DocsCorp, is available to Australian and Asia Pacific clients for the first time.

ABBYY has opened a regional office in Hong Kong to strengthen its relationships with enterprise-level customers and partners in the market. ABBYY is currently present in most countries in Asia with long-established offices in Taiwan and Japan and through its partner network.

The past few years have shown a remarkable transformation in the document capture and data extraction market. With the rise of Robotic Process Automation (RPA), and the desire to automate labor-heavy, document-centric workflows, document capture and data extraction applications have had to morph to meet a broad variety of needs. Here are a few observations from my daily interactions with partners and customers, and a few trends that are transforming the market.