Document areas detection

A scanned image or photograph of a text document may contain a large number of blocks of various content - text paragraphs, tables, illustrations, formulas, and the like. Detecting, ordering, and classifying areas of interest on a page is the cornerstone of successful and accurate OCR. This process is called document areas detection.

Document structure analysis and recognition

Aspose.OCR offers several document areas detection algorithms, allowing you to choose the one that works best for your specific content.

Automatic areas detection

If DetectAreas parameter of recognition settings is enabled (set to true), Aspose.OCR automatically selects the optimal areas detection algorithm that suits the most common use cases.

Document areas detection uses a neural network, which requires additional time and resources on the computer running the application. You can disable it (set DetectAreasMode property to false) when extracting single-line texts, or working with very simple documents without formatting and pictures. This can improve the performance of your application, especially when integrating OCR functionality into web sites and public APIs with minimal impact on the quality of recognition results.

Aspose.OCR.AsposeOcr recognitionEngine = new Aspose.OCR.AsposeOcr();
// Enable automatic document areas detection
Aspose.OCR.RecognitionSettings recognitionSettings = new Aspose.OCR.RecognitionSettings();
recognitionSettings.DetectAreas = true;
// Recognize image
Aspose.OCR.RecognitionResult result = recognitionEngine.RecognizeImage("source.png", recognitionSettings);

Area detection modes

You can manually override the default document areas detection method if you are unhappy with the results or get unwanted artifacts.

Document structure analysis algorithm is specified in an optional DetectAreasMode parameter of recognition settings.

Aspose.OCR.AsposeOcr recognitionEngine = new Aspose.OCR.AsposeOcr();
Aspose.OCR.RecognitionSettings recognitionSettings = new Aspose.OCR.RecognitionSettings();
recognitionSettings.DetectAreasMode = Aspose.OCR.DetectAreasMode.DOCUMENT;
// Recognize image
Aspose.OCR.RecognitionResult result = recognitionEngine.RecognizeImage("source.png", recognitionSettings);

Aspose.OCR for .NET supports the following document structure analysis methods provided in [DetectAreasMode] enumeration:

Name Value Description Use cases
DetectAreasMode.NONE 0 Do not analyze document structure. Similar to disabling DetectAreas parameter in recognition settings. Simple images containing a few lines of text without illustrations or formatting.
Applications requiring maximum recognition speed
Web applications
DetectAreasMode.DOCUMENT 1 Detect large blocks of text, such as paragraphs and columns. Optimal for multi-column documents with illustrations.
See DetectAreasMode.DOCUMENT for additional details.
High-quality scans
DetectAreasMode.PHOTO 2 Finds small text blocks inside complex images.
See DetectAreasMode.PHOTO for additional details.
Driver’s licenses
Social security cards
Government and work IDs
DetectAreasMode.COMBINE 3 The combination of DetectAreasMode.DOCUMENT and DetectAreasMode.PHOTO.
See DetectAreasMode.COMBINE for additional details.
Random photos
Batch recognition
DetectAreasMode.TABLE 4 Detects cells in tabular structures.
See DetectAreasMode.TABLE for additional details.
DetectAreasMode.CURVED_TEXT 5 Auto-straightens curved lines and finds text blocks inside the resulting image.
See DetectAreasMode.CURVED_TEXT for additional details.
Photos of books, magazine articles, and other curved pages.