OCR Address Scanner – Scan Addresses and Routes on iOS
When you need to route hundreds of thousands of addresses printed on shipping labels or other delivery documents, manually typing them is not the best option. It’s prone to error and is not the most time-efficient method to do it. To help you streamline this process, Route4Me’s in-app address scanner with optical character recognition (OCR) technology will transform the scanned text into digital text in a few seconds.
With the in-app OCR address scanner, you can save expensive time that you can use on more important processes. For instance, adding five hundred addresses one by one manually will take hours. In contrast, scanning addresses with the built-in OCR scanner and adding the scanned addresses to routes will only take a few minutes.
To do so, no additional scanning equipment or apps are needed. You can scan addresses with no scanner apps, OCR software, document scanner apps, or cam scanners for mobile scanning and text recognition – you’ll only need a smartphone and the Route4Me route planner app installed.
Moreover, with the in-app address scanner or OCR cam scanner, you can even scan addresses written in different fonts from any type of surface. When an address is incomplete, the app will auto-geocode the scanned text and suggest multiple valid addresses for you to choose from.
To use the address scanner to plan a new route, go to Routes from the navigation menu and tap on the Add New Route button. Next, specify route optimization settings, schedule the route, and add the route’s name. Tap on the Done button in the top right corner of the route planner to save route settings. Then, tap on the Set Your Departure Address button to start adding addresses with the route planner’s in-app OCR scanner.
To use the address cam scanner, select the Scan option. Next, you can adjust the address scanner settings. To change the address scanner settings, tap on the Settings icon in the top right corner of the route planner app:
- Manual Scanning Mode: Point your iPhone or iPad camera at the address and tap on the capture button once the address is recognized.
- Automatic Scanning Mode: Point your iPhone or iPad camera at the address and hold until the address is automatically recognized by the app.
To scan an address, point the OCR scanner at the address and make sure that the address fits within the frame of the scanner. Next, tap on the capture button. Or, depending on the settings, the address will be automatically recognized and saved. After the address is scanned, the app can offer to select one of the suggested geocoded address options or suggest only the most accurate address option.
After scanning an address, you can also edit it and add an alias to it. To edit a scanned address, tap on the Edit button, edit the address and add an alias, and tap on the Done button to apply the changes.
Route4Me’s in-app address scanner can pick up incorrect or incomplete addresses in various fonts and suggest completed and geocoded addresses. For example, if you scan an address with a street number only, the route planner will automatically process the recognized text and suggest all matching and available geocoded addresses.
After scanning an address, tap on the Checkmark icon to save this address and then tap on the Finish Scanning button to add the scanned address to the route.
To scan and add more addresses, tap on the Add Another Destination button and then use the route planner’s in-app address scanner to add more addresses.
Route4Me’s in-app address scanner can detect and recognize addresses from different surface types, texts, various lists, even maps, etc. For example, you can scan a route data spreadsheet with multiple locations and other route details, and the route planner will automatically detect all recognizable addresses. After scanning multiple addresses simultaneously, the route planner will allow you to choose already geocoded addresses from all the recognized addresses.
Once you scanned and saved the addresses that you want to add to the route, tap on the Finish Scanning button to proceed to optimize all scanned addresses. The total number of scanned addresses is displayed in the bottom left corner of the route planner’s address scanner.
To optimize the route, after adding scanned addresses, tap on the Plan Route button, and the route planner will optimize all addresses for the most efficient sequence and directions based on the specified optimization settings.
To use the OCR address scanner for adding more addresses to an already planned and optimized route, tap on the Plus icon in the top right corner of the app and tap on the Scan button to use the address scanner for adding new addresses.
Once the route is planned and optimized, you can use the Route4Me route planner app to start and navigate the route using turn by turn in-app voice-guided navigation.