use OCR on receipt picture to itemize expenses
This is something we’ve considered in the past. We haven’t found a way to do this that we like yet. We’re going to leave this under review for further voting.
This should be marked as completed I guess. But I would second Daniel da Silva. It would be great if it could scan a receipt from a saved image or PDF. I like to scan the receipts with Scanner Pro on iOS, and I would like to add those to Splitwise.
Daniel da Silva commented
It would be a nice feature to be able to scan a receipt from a saved image instead of having to take a picture.
Adam Coulter commented
Looks like this is done! Works amazing! Thanks so much Splitwise, I've signed up to pro just for this. Would love to know how you pulled it off too.
@Anonymous commented · April 20, 2018 09:03 > Have you tried Google Docs? If you have a JPG version of your receipt you can open that JPG as a Google Doc. It will automatically try to OCR the receipt and the results are fantastic. After that you've got to work with it via Google Apps Scripting / regex.
I also came across this on YouTube which looks phenomenal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cdt_LhQbH3g I cant find any app on the AppStore which uses this API but if MicroBlink would put a product out there I'd probably pay upwards of $10 for that app! Amazing accuracy!
>We haven’t found a way to do this that we like yet.
Guys, there are dozens of CV/OCR libraries out there. When scanned its as simple as using regexes. This anser is horribly dissatisfying. This is the single thing I'd need.
The itemization thing is important. When I scan the receipt I want to be able to choose which groupmembers pay for which item in the group. This would be a huge timesaver. Currrently I still do this on paper/in office.
Adrian Kant commented
Tab is a great app that translates a picture of a receipt into an itemized split that users can select their items and get easy totals with tax/tip included.
If you could work with them so that you could import a tab bill into Splitwise that would be amazing. I'm guessing this is a both sides effort, but I'm not sure if you have an open integration API that could accomadate this. It may also require those in Tab to link to a Splitwise account, which may need support.
Siddharth Agrawal commented
You should take the image of the bill and using Image Processing separate all the individual products and ask if you are liable for this then it counts and accordingly the expense is updated. I can contribute in implementing this,
Scan a bill through your camera for Any grocery store, scan individual items as well to split them among people in a group. Then add the expense accordingly. Or directly add the bill as total.
lets say i with my friends went to hangout in some restaurant and want to split our expense then what i am thinking is whatever the amount, simply take photo of bill and add friends name into split and your app simply reads bill amount and split among us.
like we do QR code scanning and rest automatically done.
Here's one that works pretty well: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1244462943
There's also persistence so you everyone you invite will always have a copy of the receipt
If we could scan a bill, say a groceries bill which then would convert that bill into a splitwise editable list, which then we can edit just like a usual splitwise bill for share etc. It would be a great addition for sure. Sometimes, it is required to enter individual items and you can't just split the total and adding a long grocery bill itemwise is a very tedius process.
I understand that it would need tricky image processing, but it would be a great addition. I have seen banks accepting cheques via phone camera, also websites scanning the debit cards for the card numbers. If you could develop a tempelate for the bills of big chains like Walmart, Krogers etc, maybe it will be 1 step easier. (and yes, I mistakenly sent this suggestion to the customer support earlier :p)
automatically pull the expense amount from the attachment that you have uploaded
david salisbury commented
You could just partner with Star Cloud Services and get a receipt feed directly from the POS printer. perfect images every time!
There's an app for iPhone called Divvy. It performs OCR on the itemized restaurant bill and then lets you drag each line item to each person.
It hasn't been updated in awhile, though, and the interface is a little dated and cartoonish, and it's of course not integrated with Splitwise.
What are the chances that you guys could implement something similar, either in Splitwise or Plates (or both?) That would truly be the killer app.
Ishita Bisht commented
The user should be able to take a picture of the bills, have the app recognize the Store/Merchant name as well as the total amount (if not the breakdown) from the bills and give the user the options to split amongst friends. Reduces the hassle of entering amounts and merchant names manually especially when you're splitting multiple bills.
Ravindra Nadkarni commented
Kindly add in a feature to scan the bill and add it along with each transaction so that all the members in the group can get to see the bill.
Implement an image processing technique and read the bill items from the reciept, like they do it on mobile check deposits. The item names are always on the left side and the $ amount is always on the right. You can start with one grocery store like walmart or target's receipts
Sean Kelley commented
This would be awesome. I use an app called Tab, which does only OCR + splitting, and then flip back and forth to add it to Splitwise. Integration would be super, but Tab is already a big improvement.
your current receipt picture functionality ate first page of my reciept... I scanned one page and today I shredded it... merrily scanned the second page today which I had forgotten to scan previously so I could shred that one too... and the first one is gone... the app doesn't warn you that your previously saved pic would be gone... there are multipage receipts in many cases so you should at least warn new users (or all users) if the app can only keep one pic at a time ... I tried to get to my web account but I had forgotten the password so I had to turn my phone on to get the reset code and that sync'd the app... aren't technology use cases great?
Bogdan Ghervan commented
I was just about to add this idea when I saw Matt's post.
Any news on this?