Scanned PDFs are Searchable - Postponed

Scanned PDFs are Searchable - Postponed

Update on 4.6.20: Due to shifting priorities in this unprecedented time, this feature will be delayed. We are updating the status to “not planned” until we are confident we can deliver the feature. At that time, we will provide an update on this site.

 

We will soon be releasing the ability to search for text inside of scanned PDFs. Box will use machine learning-based technologies to extract text from PDFs and make it searchable. Previously, users were able to search the contents of PDFs that contained OCR data such as documents that originated from Microsoft Word, but not those that are image-based, such scanned documents or Box Capture PDFs. This feature will be enabled by default for all customers. 


What does this mean? Finding PDFs with Box search will be easier! 

9 Comments
Box Employee
Status changed to: Coming Soon
 
Occasional Contributor

Very cool -- that's great news!

Member

Is it possible to copy a text from PDF files?

(Like this; google lensimage.png)

Box Employee
Hi Kengo, this feature is designed to help people find their PDF documents via key words in their document by using search. At this time we will not be exposing the full extracted contents like you see in the screenshot above of Google Lens.
Box Employee
Kengo, while you will not be able to copy and paste the contents from the UI, you can use the representations API to retrieve the extracted text. Link: https://developer.box.com/en/guides/representations/text/
New Contributor

Hi @ramato1,

 

This will be an excellent support for my work. Will we be notified when this feature is activated?

 

Thanks

 

Micheal Smith

Community Manager

Hi @michealPFC,

 

Yes we will make an update to this post which you can visit back here or you can subscribe to this post at the top right near the options tab and when @ramato1 posts a comment or changes the status to Rolling Out, you will receive an email notification. 

 

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New Contributor

Thanks @Howard , looking forward to it, hope everyone is keeping safe and well. 

M

Box Employee
Status changed to: Announcement

Due to shifting priorities in this unprecedented time, this feature will be delayed. We are updating the status to “not planned” until we are confident we can deliver the feature. At that time, we will provide an update on this site.