Convert Cursive to Text with Transkribus

Transcribe Cursive with Transkribus

Transkribus helps you to translate old letters, documents, and chronicles from cursive into readable text. The Transkribus software enables you to automatically transcribe cursive with the help of AI.

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How Transkribus helps you to translate cursive to text

Decipher cursive with AI-powered Text Recognition

Automatically recognize your cursive documents and turn them into normal text. Transkribus helps you to convert various cursive styles from different centuries.

Manually transcribe and correct automatic translations

With the transcription editor, you can manually transcribe cursive or you can correct transcription errors from the automatic transcription. The results of the automatic transcription can vary depending on the handwriting and the quality of the material.

Train your own AI text recognition models

You can also train specific text recognition models that are capable of recognizing exactly the handwriting of your material

Search your cursive documents

With Transkribus, you can search your documents for names and keywords and you have also more advanced search options

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How Transkribus works

Transkribus is a software that uses artificial intelligence to “learn” how to read cursive. For this, the software first needed to be trained with a number of pages that have been manually transcribed. This so called “Ground Truth enables Transkribus to understand and read cursive. The model 'Generic Giant' for instance was trained with more than 15 Million words from many different handwritings. You can use this and other pretrained AI models to automatically recognize your cursive documents and convert them into normal text. If you are able and willing to transcribe about 50 pages by yourself, you can also train a custom AI model. Your own model is then able to recognize exactly the handwriting that you are working with.

About Cursive

Cursive was a commonly used script in many regions from the 17th century onwards. Millions of historical documents have been written in various cursive styles, making them a rich resource for historical analysis. With Transkribus, these documents can be made accessible to the public or for private use by converting them into digital text.

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