Released: OCR Pack

Hey everyone,
Today I’m launching the OCR Pack!

It lets you read text in images and PDFs :partying_face:

It’s taken a lot of attempts, research, and experimenting - I’m stoked for this solution and I hope you are too!

Here’s a doc with examples

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So exciting! Been wanting something like this for a while

You rock!

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Hi @Rickard_Abraham , this could be interesting.
Would you mind creating a video showing some use cases?
Don’t hesitate to share your story in more detail, what looks easy, rarely is.
cheers, Christiaan

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I can imagine. Some late nights dialing this in I’m sure. :slight_smile:

I assume your approach employs some good libraries as opposed to generative AI to accomplish its seemingly accurate extractions? If true, this could be an advantage because many firms are generative AI-averse and try to avoid such dependencies.

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Ooh cool! I’ve been dabbling in a bit of OCR stuff lately too. What do you use under the hood? Tesseract?

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If this does what I hope it does, it’ll be a real game changer. Thanks!

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Thanks everyone for showing such great interest!

I’m using Google’s powerful Document AI and I’m amazed at how quick and accurate it is.

Before discovering this fantastic solution, I experimented with various Python packages on both GPU-less servers and GPU-enabled servers.

If you have any requests for this pack then please let me know!

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Implemented better error messages!

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Privacy and security

Lowered price to $5 per doc maker :tada:

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Someone seems to be hitting the api maliciously, had to disable this pack for the time being, sorry about any inconvenience. Happy to refund if you contact me

Had hoped not have to implement a long-term rate limit. Coda has a built-in rate limit but the time limit is 60 seconds, which I’m afraid isn’t long enough:

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Is there a way to implement this just in my doc without a pak? …and not for sharing? Happy to pay for your expertise. :heart: — I am just looking for a quicker way to do receipt data entry from a scanned receipt.

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I’m glad you’re reaching out! I’m sure I can revive this privately for you :+1:

In the big picture I am striving towards a better permanent public solution for the rate limiting issue, but that will take a while.

Lets continue this conversation in dms :slight_smile:

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The OCR Pack has now been revived!

  • A token is now required
  • Message me privately here to get yours for free
  • Speaking of free, you can still use the 2 week trial!

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I hope this will fix the issue of the server being vulnerable to malicious attacks. In order to deliver the best OCR experience possible to all Coda users I have my own credit card hooked up to use Google’s API. The attack 3 months ago costed me around $80 before I caught it, could’ve been much worse ^^

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@Rickard_Abraham In you example, you have the produce invoice as one of the PDF’s, which is my exact use case. I’m curious if you have a suggestion to how to use the extracted text, whether through AI or a formula, to capture the price of specific items on the invoice? The way it is extracted in just one column without any structure stumps me at the moment. My dream would be to scan the invoice with the OCR pack and then have the price for those produce items be automatically updated in a separate table.

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Great question @Ben_Peine!

Natural Order

It’s attempting to return the result in a natural reading order, meaning that in most cases it should be possible to construct invoice items thanks to the order (with or without AI).

Specialized Invoice Processor

Beyond this we’re looking at specialized invoice processors, which would require sample invoices provided from you to train it to fit your needs

Pricing Model

I’ve discussed the pricing model with @Christiaan_Huizer which resulted in me now striving towards an external pre/post paid system for extended OCR use!

This would be required before I could provide a specialized processor as they are much more expensive than the general processor I’m currently providing (still talking less than a few cents per page!)


I’ll keep you updated here with my progress, and please let me know what you think :slight_smile:

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