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Company I work for is looking for an existing program for scanning invoices. Basic requirements:
Extraction of data from files provided by a wide range of vendors, each with their own specific layout.
Server based service that runs at a set time each day.
Support for a watched folder.
Installable package, not web based service (no subscription fees).
Rules based validation to eliminate the delays introduced by required human validation interaction.
Batch processing of files with output as an XML file for database import.
I've found IRIS and ABBYY which appear promising, but do you have any similar solutions to recommend?
In house development isn't an option at this time.
If you have any additional questions, please post a response so I can get it answered.
Funny! I'm also embroiled in an Invoice collection system (multiple cost centers) involving optional upload of pre-scanned invoices to pair with an invoice number/amount/vendor/site/date. My manager asked what I thought about OCR against the smudged, carbon copy, wrinkled, with hand-written notations and check-marks down one side, pieces of paper of all sizes and formats called invoices, delivery receipts, whatever...I considered it to be a nice idea but probably not reliable enough to be worth the effort.
I'll admit that this is based on my last experiment involving OCR which was over 15 years ago...it's probably gotten much better by now. Back then, almost as much time was spent finding and fixing errors than it would have taken to just re-type the documents.
I do think that OCR could work great if you were working with a tightly controlled format and document structure. Good luck!
As far is I can tell, the OCR is superior. Never actually worked with it, but have experience with a similar product (see disclaimer).
Disclaimer: I currently (until the end of this month) work for a company which is distributing a similar (initially called Forms) product in Switzerland. The company ReadSoft (manufacturer of Forms) was bought by Lexmark, and has been integrated to Kofax since then.
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From what I can tell, Kofax seems to be one of the market leaders.
Have you thought of outsourcing the work to a dedicated BPO (Business Processing Outsourcing)? There are several around. What part of the world are you in?
[Disclosure: I work for a BPO that specialises in scanning and data capture]
I worked on this software in the past (back when it was Brainware) - I worked with a couple of the customers linked there integrating Brainware with their existing systems.
It might be a bit heavy/expensive though - depends on what you're looking for.
Now is it bad enough that you let somebody else kick your butts without you trying to do it to each other? Now if we're all talking about the same man, and I think we are... it appears he's got a rather growing collection of our bikes.
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I really hope so, I've been using libreoffice even though I have the MS office also installed (work insisted), just because of that stupid ribbon that clutters the screen and slows me down looking for crap.
What is it with this anti-ribbon thing? It is faster and more intuitive than the old menu system. I changed to it when it was still in beta many years ago because it was so well thought out. (Maybe 10% of use-cases needed help in the first days). Screen real estate is a problem if you are using an old small-scale crt monitor but thewn you can hide the ribbon and call it up by clicking on the tab of need.
I found when all machines where i worked were using the ribbons, many users were nervous and confused but five or 10 minutes of effective training and they needed no more support.
I can understand the initial unfamiliarity (especiaaly if people look for options by habit rather than logic) but, with appropriate will, most users never look back. Whenever I have to support an older Office with menus/buttons it feels really, really clunky.
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