[ILUG-BOM] Seeking: Scanners compatible with FOSS OCR , application for building Contacts database

Venkatesh Hariharan venkyh at gmail.com
Sat Jan 1 20:34:45 IST 2011

On Android phones there are several business card apps that you can use. I
use CamCard to take photos of business cards. The application then neatly
does an OCR and files away the business cards in the contacts, with phone
numbers, mobiles, faxes all appearing in the correct fields. Some amount of
editing is required but by and large, it does a good job. It also stores the
card as an image so one can review it and correct details at a later date. I
found it a very useful application.


On Fri, Dec 31, 2010 at 10:17 AM, jitendra <jituviju at gmail.com> wrote:

> I propose to purchase a scanner and also use the same , among other things,
> for reading Business cards of contacts to build a database.
> My query
>   1. Can I assume that using any scanner I can get pdf files and the same
>   can be OCRed ( using pdfocr script  which uses Cnueiform )
>   2. Are there any scanners I should avoid
>   3. Any experience or Contra-indication against  Canon LiDE 100 .
>   4. Any application that reads the business cards and intelligently (or
>   interactively) give parsed data from business card
>   5. Any recommendation for FOSS application for building a database for
>   contacts using scanner/OCR/manual effort
> jitendra
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