Convert Handwriting to Text with Transkribus

Transcribe Handwriting with Transkribus

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

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How Transkribus helps you to translate handwriting to text

Decipher handwriting with AI-powered Text Recognition

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

Manually transcribe and correct automatic translations

With the transcription editor, you can manually transcribe any handwriting or you can correct transcription errors from the automatic transcription. The results 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 handwritten 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 any handwriting. 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 tounderstand and read any form of handwriting. The model 'Universal 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 handwritten 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 Handwriting

Handwriting has been a primary form of communication across cultures. Millions of documents, letters, and personal notes exist, penned in various handwriting styles. With Transkribus, these documents can be digitized and made accessible for public or private use.

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