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Api for OCR and reading .pdf and .doc(x) files

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  • Hi Guys,

    Happy new year to you all!

    I am trying to write an app that will read the text in an image, a .pdf or .doc(x) file and extract some information from it. I want this app to be a universal windows app. Is there an api for performing these actions?

    Thanks and God bless.


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    Monday, January 05, 2015 4:41 PM

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  • No built-in APIs, but I am sure there are third-party APIs for this.

    Matt Small - Microsoft Escalation Engineer - Forum Moderator
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    Monday, January 05, 2015 6:02 PM
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  • For OCR see the WindowsPreview.Media.Ocr namespace. I'm not aware of any API which will interpret PDF or doc files in a Windows Runtime app. For the Windows side you could use the in-box PDF API to generate a bitmap and then OCR it.
    Monday, January 05, 2015 6:23 PM
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  • Sorry about missing the OCR part.

    Matt Small - Microsoft Escalation Engineer - Forum Moderator
    If my reply answers your question, please mark this post as answered.

    NOTE: If I ask for code, please provide something that I can drop directly into a project and run (including XAML), or an actual application project. I'm trying to help a lot of people, so I don't have time to figure out weird snippets with undefined objects and unknown namespaces.

    Monday, January 05, 2015 6:58 PM
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  • Thanks. I will test the conversion of PDF to image and then use the OCR engine.

    The best things in life are free, but the most valuable ones are costly...use opportunities well for there are others like you who deserves them, but don't have them...

    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 7:10 PM