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    Sara Kaplow, Community Manager

    Hi there,

    We've definitely talked about this functionality, but I don't think we've heard how it would be used. I'd love to hear more - any chance you could add some details here so I can pass this along to the Product Team? 

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    Viren Parikh

    Hello Sara, 

    We would like to be able to use the OCR functionality to capture text into an inspection report. For example, if a product has a serial number that is NOT in the form of a barcode/QR code, we would like to capture the data as text and save it in an inspection report which can be extracted easily in a report later on. 

     

    There are third party apps such as Text Scanner (OCR) that have the functionality but we are looking for integration into GoCanvas for this. 

     

    Example of product label with serial number:

     

     

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    Adrian Koochew

    This would be incredibly useful, we deal with numerical strings on bins we are leaving at peoples houses without barcodes.  At present we need to type each of them out with mixed results, an OCR would speed this process up massively & improve accuracy.

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    Chip Phillips, Community Manager

    Howdy Adrian and Viren,

    Thank you for the detailed feedback and use case examples! I will be sure to share the feedback you have provided with our Development teams for their consideration.

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    Kites Cayetano

    Hello to all!

     

    I am also looking for this functionality. This is to improve the accuracy of our drivers inputting the wrong truck odometer reading. Instead of manually typing the odometer reading, we are looking for an OCR functionality wherein they will just have to take a picture of the odometer reading and it will automatically be converted to a number value.

     

    Thanks,

    Kites

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    Chip Phillips, Community Manager

    Howdy Kites,

    Thank you for sharing details on your specific use case! We don't have an estimated timeline for optical character recognition functionality, but I have shared your feedback directly with our Product Managers.

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    Kites Cayetano

    Thanks Chip! Appreciate your reply. Praying that it will be sooner =) thanks again amd have a good day!

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    Jason Phillips

    The ability to add OCR functionality to a mobile form would provide a solution for several use cases. Within our organization, we are looking for OCR solutions for a custom business card scanning application we have created in GoCanvas. We created this form in GoCanvas due to the native Quick Base integration.

    Any update on if or when this will be added to the development roadmap would be great!

    Microsoft Power Apps has this ability... :-)

    https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introducing-new-ai-builder-preview-models-for-power-automate-and-power-apps/

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    Clara Maynard

    Agreed! It would be really helpful for our organization and many organizations to have OCR abilities within GoCanvas. 

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    Nathan H

    Some in-app OCR functionality would be nice.  I could see many use cases.

    Many of the fairly new mobile devices offer photo OCR capabilities.  I know it doesn't help the overall request, but depending on the use case and if you have a device that supports it, a workaround might be to take the photo and then copy the desired text out of the image and paste it into the GoCanvas field(s) as needed... not elegant at all and too many steps... but possible.

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    Chip Phillips, Community Manager

    Thank you for checking in on this Feature Request and taking the time to leave comments. Optical Character Recognition is a function our Product team has previously discussed, but with COVID-19 affecting all businesses, we are regularly re-evaluating and re-prioritizing as we learn more each day. 

    We do not have a timeline for this functionality, but we really appreciate the specific and detailed use cases that have been shared so far. Sara and I have been providing this feedback directly to the Product managers for their consideration, and they would love to hear specifics on how much time OCR functionality would save for your teams.

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    Jason Phillips

    Chip -


    Thank you for responding to the above feedback. I would think there are several good uses for OCR built into GoCanvas. The ability to create custom document scanning applications for internal or client forms (not yet on GoCanvas). Our immediate need is a custom business card scanner that maps to fields in GoCanvas and then pushes to our CRM in Quick Base.

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    Robert Miller

    I cannot tell you how much we need a OCR for our operations. The amount of time it would speed up our processes would be tremendous. I hope this feature becomes available soon.

     

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    Rohan Girase

    OCR would help streamline so many processes for our container management locations. Having the ability to scan and input barcodes/serials automatically is a huge benefit!

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    Meghan Thompson

    OCR functionality would boost our productivity immensely! Please help us by bringing this feature to GoCanvas as soon as you can. Thank you for your consideration.

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    André Pepin

    This would be a real game changer. Something simple like odometer readings on daily vehicle inspection. 

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    Jason Phillips

    André Pepin - That is a great use case for OCR. Something we could defiantly use at our company as well! 

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    Kites Cayetano

    Hello Everyone!

    Just would like to check on the development regarding this topic RE: OCR functionality for GoCanvas.

    Would appreciate any update.

     

    Thanks!

    -Kites

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    Chip Phillips, Community Manager

    Howdy Kites,

    Thank you for checking in on this Feature Request! We still do not have an estimated timeline for OCR functionality, but I am continuing to share any comments and upvote counts with our Product managers.

    Once any updates are made available, I will be sure to reply here. That way, anyone who has commented on/followed this topic will receive a notification via email.

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