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We’re continually working to make SkyDrive the best way to always have your files with you, and one of the key areas we’re focused on is photos: relative to other file types, they take up the largest amount of space and people interact with them the most. We recently released a number of features that enhance the SkyDrive photo experience – from better visual design to easier searching and sharing across your devices. We’ve also continued to improve performance for the photos experience. Today, in partnership with the Bing team, we’re excited to release the first of several features that will make your SkyDrive photos smarter by using OCR (optical character recognition) to extract the text from photos in your camera roll when you view them on SkyDrive.com.
Most of us can think of a time that we took a picture of something that we really just wanted the text from. It could have been a photo of a product label at a store, a picture of a magazine article or ad, or a snapshot of a sign with info you wanted to remember. When you take photos with your Windows Phone (with auto-upload turned on) today, we send them to your SkyDrive camera roll folder. With this new SkyDrive release, our OCR tool will automatically run on your camera roll photos so you can instantly see the extracted text whenever you view your photos on SkyDrive.com. For example, here’s a photo of an artwork label, with the text extracted and shown in the Properties pane.
This feature is available in English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, and German. It might take a day or two to roll this out to everyone, so if you don’t see it on your SkyDrive yet, you should see it soon.
We hope that you enjoy this new feature of SkyDrive, and that it makes browsing your photos on SkyDrive.com a smarter and more efficient experience. We’re looking forward to continuing to build on this capability in future releases. We hope you’ll give it a try now, let us know what you think, and what you’d like to see us add next.
Note: This blog post was updated after publication.
Cool But how can this let us know if some field/words are been pullled wrongly?
And if there are 10-20 pages there has to eb a mechanism to know this.
@jimh12345 I'm not sure if I have had some special advanced features, but I have no problem displaying file extensions for files. For files that SD handles natively, they display in the details pane under the information section (in path or in type). For other files (for example, I'm looking at a directory of files used in programming) they show in both the details pane and at the end of the file name in the main view.
Any word on when this will actually be available? I don't see anyone actually using it yet.
This doesn't seem to work for me here in the UK, I am not getting any OCR.
I've tried everything, put files in camera roll with pics of typewritten text. wrin to local sydrive apps on 7 and 8.2, tried web browser. I never see an option to scan the ocr.
IS THERE A MANUAL FOR SKYDRIVE SOMEWHERE?
Cool. I'll add this to the list of features I might use someday - when SkyDrive gets the core capabilities it currently lacks, like display of file extensions. Until then, it lives in NonStarterLand.
@JoshWilliam Afaik Word does only provide an editable version of text-pdfs. If you open an image PDF (which is what LMKz is talking about, since this post is about OCR) Word simply creates images and paste them on a Word file. That is certainly not what we want, and I agree with him, it'd be great to be able to OCR image PDFs.
@LMKz - Just use native .PDF to .docx conversion in Word 2013. It's brilliant. Not only can you save a document as a .PDF in Word, you can now open a .PDF in Word and edit the file.
I created the camera roll folder, and uploaded an image. But there's no OCR triggered. Why?
OCR should be implemented in Windows Photo Viewer on desktop Windows also. As should face recognition. And easy image labelling (captions).
Great! Can you guys please consider Save-as-PDF feature on SkyDrive as well? Its a must have feature..
Just tried this out by uploading a photo that included some text into Camera Roll folder - didn't work, can't see anywhere "Extracted Text". Is there some trick to enabling it? Does it apply everywhere within SkyDrive or just certain folders? Does it only apply to pictures uploaded directly from camera???
This is great... But just tried it on a PDF that contained a single scanned photo, no joy. Needs to work on PDFs too (as Google Docs does). In fact, you could easily make it better than Google Docs: They only let you OCR the first X pages, and you can't download the PDF with OCR text included. If you could add that functionality, it would be brilliant.
I love the Bing OCR on my Windows Phone (it was the first feature that convinced me I'd made a wise phone choice), but have done the copy/paste routine to OneNote (which lives on my SkyDrive). This sounds like I'll be able to skip a step or two. As someone old enough to remember early OCR apps like OmniPage and insane (desperate?) enough to attempt OCR with whatever flavor of IRIS software came with HP scanners along the way, I have to say Bing OCR is the most accurate OCR tool I've ever used. Marriage of Bing OCR and SkyDrive is a no-brainer for productivity proving, once again, Microsoft thinks there are other purposes for phone cameras than selfies. YAY!
Nice feature, yes please add menu option. And also currently can't see that in my skydrive account.. is it released world wide..?
I agree daniegr! Are you guys rolling out this update now world wide? I can't see the options.
Sounds great, but please, please, please, don't make it exclusively depend on the browser language... Just give as a menu option: Extract Text -> Choose language
I may scan text in any of those languages and want the text regardless of the language of my browser...
(and in my case I constantly use several languages, can't see a reason why this functionality should be tied to something that silly)