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Docparser Adds OCR And PDF Data Extraction To Microsoft Flow And PowerApps

At Docparser, we recently launched a new partnership with Microsoft. Yes, you read right … Microsoft! To be more precisely, Docparser is now officially part of the Microsoft Flow and Microsoft PowerApps ecosystem.

We are very excited about this new integration platform partnership as it will allow our customers to easily connect Docparser to their favorite Microsoft products (Office 365, OneDrive, MS Access, …). But this is not all. Microsoft Flow supports literally hundreds of third party cloud applications which you can connect to Docparser. Not to mention that this new integration also brings Docparser closer to companies running on the Azure cloud. Microsoft saw a huge shift towards the cloud during the last years and we are happy to be a part of this movement.

The Docparser Microsoft Flow Connector

What is Microsoft Flow

Microsoft Flow is a platform to create automated workflows between your favorite apps. With Microsoft Flow you can easily build so called “Flows” which copy data or documents fully automated from one app to another. Microsoft Flow offers “connectors” for hundreds of cloud applications, including all popular Microsoft cloud applications.

Workflows are triggered each time a specific event happens, periodically at a certain time of the day. A Flow can be as simple as connecting two apps, or you can go down the rabbit hole and build complex workflows involving several apps.

The Docparser Microsoft Flow Connector

Our Microsoft Flow connector offers the two following basic operations:

  • Import Documents From [Your-Favorite-App] To Docparser
  • Obtain Parsed Data From Docparser And Send It To [Your-Favorite-App]

Using those two basic operations in combination with our world class PDF parser, you can create any kind of automated workflow around Docparser. For example, you can import documents from a cloud storage provider and then automatically send the parsed data to a database.

Microsoft Flow - Create Flow

Here are a couple of popular use-cases for our new Microsoft Flow connector:

  • Automatically import documents from a specific folder in your cloud storage account (Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, Box.com, …)
  • Search for emails matching a specific pattern in your inbox and import all attachments
  • Automatically OCR scanned documents and let Docparser extract important data
  • Automatically append data from PDF to Excel
  • Copy data from PDF to database tables
  • ….

You get the idea … The possibilities are endless!

Bringing OCR And PDF Data Extraction To Microsoft Flow

One of the advantages of using Docparser and Microsoft Flow together is that you can leverage data which is trapped in native PDF documents, as well as scanned documents. Docparser makes a perfect Microsoft Flow OCR extension and it is easy to automate entire document based workflows. Over are the days where you need to manually copy & paste data from PDF files or scanned documents.

Get Started With Microsoft Flow And Docparser

Connecting Docparser to Microsoft Flow is simple. Just go to Microsoft Flow, sign-up for a free account and create your first Flow. When creating a Flow, you can select Docparser either as the Action (import new document) or as the Trigger (document got parsed) or of your workflow.

Create Custom Apps With Microsoft PowerApps And Docparser

With the release of our Microsoft Flow connector, Docparser is also listed as a data source on the Microsoft PowerApps platform. Microsoft PowerApps is a no-code (or let’s say low-code) development platforms which allows you to create fully functional custom apps for your business.

In PowerApps, you can manage organizational data by running an app that you or someone on your team created. Apps built with PowerApps run on mobile devices, or you can run them in a browser by opening Dynamics 365.

The Docparser connector in PowerApps offers the exact same functionality as the Microsoft Flow connector. It allows you to automatically import documents to Docparser and get the parsed data back in return.

How are you using integration platforms to automate your document based workflows? Let us know in the comments or contact us if you want to learn more about Docparser.

4 thoughts on “Docparser Adds OCR And PDF Data Extraction To Microsoft Flow And PowerApps”

  1. Hello there, i am evaluating docparser to convert PDF (OCR) to Excel. I have setup the API and the Document ID – what is the next step ? Do i create a new Excel document ? There is no full documentation on how to setup this.

    1. Hi Aman, thanks a lot for reaching out and your interest in Docparser! Great question. Depending on the Excel version you are using, Microsoft Flow allows you to add rows to an existing file or create a new Worksheet (OneDrive + Business). You can find all supported actions in the Microsoft Flow support documentation: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/connectors/excel/

  2. Can DocParser parse Word Documents? Or can do you have a recommended approach to convert Word to PDF to allow DocParser to parse the document

    1. Hi Graham, Docparser does currently not read Word Documents. We only support PDF and scanned documents (TIFF, JPG, PNG, …). You could probably use an API like CloudConvert.com to convert your files first into a format which Docparser can read.

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