Bing Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Control

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The Bing Optical Character Recognition Control (OCR) detects printed text from images captured by the device camera.

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by AnotherRick | December 19 2013

The control definitely needs the ability to control the camera, zoom, focus, etc. Even something like a typical business card fails most recognition.

by enough2012 | December 05 2013

Good idea, but currently too highlevel to be useful.
On my Lenovo X1 Carbon Touch I cannot use the device camera.
You cannot manually control focusing or other camera parameters - which makes it unusable for all but the most optimistic cases IMHO.

What this API should allow is the following:
either provide necessary camera control OR provide an API that can be used with images that I retrieve myself.

by Peter No | November 09 2013

Is unable to use my camera even though the CameraCaptureUI class can use it just fine.

Returns CameraNotAvailable error every time.

Bing Dev Center December 31 2013
| Edit |

I'm sorry to hear it won't run on your device. Per the documentation "The end users system must be a Windows 8.x certified device with a built in rear facing camera that supports 1280x720 or 640x480 resolution in photo mode."
I know that a Surface meets these requirements, as do many other modern tablets.

by akalu | October 30 2013

I liked it

by 3ICE | October 04 2013

Unusable in VS2012, because the following error prevents installing:
"The extension manifest is invalid."

Manually installed:
but no dice.

Why 4 stars? Because I don't want to give 1/5.

Bing Dev Center December 31 2013
| Edit |

Hi 3ICE. Sorry you having trouble! Can you supply the exact version of VS2012 you are using (including updates)? And also which version of Windows are you running it on? Thanks!
BTW, I believe the current version of the OCR control is for VS 2013. If you are not yet ready to upgrade, you can run it on VS 2013 express for Windows apps.

by Apps For Office | July 10 2013

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  • Need info regarding OCR
    1 Posts | Last post October 27, 2014
    • Hi,
      Thanks for replying. Our apllication deals with retriving the text from the image we are looking at opensource OCR api. The above tool link that you have provided "bing OCR" is it a licensed version? Can we redistribute this api by integrating it our application?
      Best Regards,
  • OCR API should decoupled from camara API
    2 Posts | Last post December 14, 2013
    • Ideally, I can submit my own image to OCR API.
    • Thank you for your feedback. We will consider exposing such an API in future.
  • JPEG File recognition
    2 Posts | Last post December 05, 2013
    • Can the OCR Bing control be applied to jpeg files? 
    • No, the control can only process the images coming directly from the camera.
  • Integrate with Windows Phone 8
    2 Posts | Last post November 11, 2013
      Does the Bing OCR control work for Apps built on Windows Phone 8?
    • OCR control doesn't work for WP8 apps, but we are planning to provide this support going forward.