Searching Your Handwritten Text

January 13, 2018 1 min read

Searching Your Handwritten Text

We love handwriting, but realize one of the disadvantages of doing so is the inability to search our handwritten text. But, what if we could?

There are a couple of services that we integrate with that provide the ability to search your handwritten text: Evernote and Microsoft OneNote. If you send your scans to either of these destinations, you’ll be able to utilize their technology to search your contents.

But, there are couple things you’ll need to keep in mind:

  1. Your writing must be legible and should be upright.
  2. Machines are not as adept or flexible as humans when “reading” text, so it’s important to make it as easy as possible for machines and algorithms to recognize letters and numbers. We suggest printing as opposed to cursive and making sure that the text (English) is going from left to right.
  3. OCR search for handwritten text ONLY works for JPEG files, not PDFs.
  4. To make sure that you’re sending JPEG files from your Rocketbook app to the Evernote or OneNote, go to Destinations → tap a Symbol connected to one of those destinations → select JPEG for File Type.

There’s a lot of R&D going into this space and we’re currently looking at ways to incorporate Optical Character Recognition technology into the Rocketbook app.

Keep in mind that searching handwritten text may not be perfect for a variety of reasons. Nevertheless, we’re optimistic that it’ll continue to improve over time.

Happy searching!


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