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an easy-to-use image editing tool for manipulating images in scanned documents

ScanScribe is an image editing program that is like scissors and tape for a scanned document or screenshot; it enables users to manipulate content easily while providing the features of popular desktop-publishing/ graphics-editing programs.

ScanScribe mixes novel user interface techniques with advanced behind-the-scenes document image analysis algorithms to extract perceptual structure in document images; enables users to select and manipulate image material that matches what they recognize as "meaningful" objects.

There are many uses of ScanScribe - filling out scanned forms, reusing images for presentations, transcribe handwriting while preserving drawings, and much more.



from our Living Labs


Analysis of Competing Hypotheses (ACH)

a simple model how to think about a complex problem



To help increase reader engagement and differentiate content, PARC’s “Kiffets” Social Indexing Engine enables news companies to curate Long Tail web content cost-effectively.



a social-tag based cross between a search engine and a recommendation engine for exploring topics quickly and efficiently on the web


Parallel Grammar Project (ParGram)

producing wide coverage grammars for a variety of languages



pixel-level labeling of document image content for providing large-scale groundtruth data for document image recognition programs



an easy-to-use image editing tool for manipulating meaningful image objects in scanned documents or screenshots


Visual Email

an email message composition tool that makes it easy to incorporate images, graphics, and markup in the body of an email message



a visualization tool for providing social transparency and dynamics for Wikipedia



By considering content sources, user topic interest models, and social networks, this web-based recommendation tool directs users to content of interest within their information streams to help relieve information overload.


Living Laboratory

In the spirit of open innovation, this is one of the places where PARC scientists and engineers share their prototype web-based services, alpha-stage software downloads, proof-of-concept for various competencies, and collaborative development programs. These are available free to the public for trial and feedback; in turn, we hope to draw on the diverse perspectives the online community will share. We do not currently provide access to inactive projects (e.g., Map Viewer) here.


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