About SmartZone OCR Professional

Add zonal OCR functionality to your applications.

The SmartZone OCR toolkit offers developers the ability to perform zonal OCR (machine print character recognition) commonly used in forms processing applications. This .NET control internally utilizes two separate recognition techniques to co-verify results and improve accuracy. ImagXpress Standard and ScanFix Xpress Lite are included with SmartZone for image handling, image cleanup, and TWAIN scanning. Standard edition is limited to 20% of the Professional edition’s processing speed.

Text and Handprint Recognition SDK
SmartZone ICR makes it easy to include the character recognition in your application. Just pass it an image clip, and SmartZone returns the characters. It’s ideal for processing hand-printed fields on forms. Confidence values let you decide when an operator should review the results, and alternate characters help them quickly select the correct result.

SmartZone for .NET includes exclusive new technology that uses regular expressions to improve accuracy even further. When you know the format of the expected data in any field, you can increase overall accuracy by specifying which characters can occupy each position.

SmartZone ICR/OCR provices zonal OCR (optical character recognition of machine-printed text) and zonal ICR (intelligent character recognition of hand-printed characters)

.NET Technical Notes

  • Programming environments include: Visual Studio 2005, 2008 and 2010
  • Sample code is included for: VB.NET and C#
  • Creates .NET AnyCPU applications for use in 64-bit and 32-bit environments
  • Deploys within .NET as a managed control
  • Fully compliant with .NET Framework 2.0 and above
  • Can be used in multi-threaded applications

Included Components

SmartZone Standard

  • SmartZone OCR or ICR Standard
  • (limited to 20% of full speed)
  • ImagXpress Standard
  • ThumbnailXpress
  • TwainPRO

SmartZone Professional

  • SmartZone OCR or ICR
  • Professional (unlimited speed)
  • ImagXpress Professional
  • NotateXpress
  • ThumbnailXpress
  • TwainPRO
  • PrintPRO

SmartZone Features:

Languages OCR and ICR

  • English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish (ActiveX ICR is English-only)
  • Can simultaneously recognize characters from all supported languages

Recognition Features

  • Pre-defined character sets include: uppercase, lowercase, mixed case alphabetic, digits, currency, and punctuation
  • Can be limited to any customer-defined subset of the full character sets
  • Return confidence values for each individual character, line, and the complete result
  • Return alternate results for each character, with confidence values
  • Choose rejection character provided when character cannot be identified
  • Set confidence level below which the rejection character is returned
  • Can optimize by controlling recognition segmentation parameters

Regular Expressions (.NET only)

  • Define an expected character pattern for a field
  • Dramatically improves accuracy
  • Can apply a different regular expression to each field

Standard Field Types (.NET only)

  • Pre-defined field types include: dates, times, email, U.S phone, SSN, URL, currency
  • Improves accuracy for defined fields
  • Can augment with regular expressions
  • Data validation list can be used to automatically verify part numbers, customer IDs, etc.

Image Load, Save, and Manipulation

  • SmartZone Professional includes ImagXpress Professional for image viewing, compression, conversion, thumbnail images, image processing and editing, TWAIN scanning, annotation, and printing
  • SmartZone Standard includes ImagXpress Standard for basic image conversion, image processing, and TWAIN scanning