Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with ABBYY FlexiCapture.
What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?
The UI is okay, however, I remember the scanning and the way that you actually get documents into the system. The FlexiCapture, what they call a process developer, could use some work. The solution needs more web or cloud-based development. Cloud-based FlexiCapture development would be great. The on-premise web version doesn't seem to be intuitive or easy to use or install. It's not user-friendly. Technical support is slow to respond. The pricing is a bit high and we are looking into other options.
The main thing they need to work on is simplification of the solution, particularly use of the search tool. Configuring is quite complex and it's not very user friendly, particularly the user interface if you're trying to figure it out by yourself and create some configurations for processing documents. I know they are working on it. We used the new ideas on page projects they recently released and that has been great for enabling non-IT proficient users to start configuring and using it.
Their tutorials are not enough. They can improve the tutorials and maybe add more examples in their tutorials. Currently, if you want to learn ABBYY technology, it is very difficult. There are just a few resources, such as YouTube channels and blogs. There are not many resources for learning ABBYY. It would be great if they can make a community edition to use ABBYY. Currently, if you want to try ABBYY, you have to contact a salesperson and take a trial license, which is complicated. They should just give a community edition or a free edition with a few features. Its licensing is very expensive and should be improved.
The generic models have a lot of areas to improve. In our experience, we are not able to get good results in the generic models. From a developer's point of view, there could be more improvement if the source code is available on a broader scope. It is a low code platform but it requires implementing more complex code to be able to accomplish certain tasks. We are not able to tune the model on a programming level because we do not have the source code to do it. From a business point of view, ABBYY FlexiCapture is one of the best platforms for machine learning. The solution does not have anything related to RPA or robotics, but we can integrate it easily with a Pega or Blue Prism for these features. ABBYY FlexiCapture has a lot of functionality but it does not have options to implement more machine learning business rules. It does not have the option to write the logic to implement other options according to the business. Most people do not like to choose ABBYY because of the lack of those functions, such as reading email or saving them to excel, they use other tools for these activities. If ABBYY had these functionalities more people would use it and it would be more useful.
I would like to see consistency improved. If the same document is uploaded twice, I might get a different outcome the second time. Machine learning needs to be improved. We have some issues with scanned documents that may have a quality less than 300 dpi and the quality isn't high enough for ABBYY to accurately read it, and it therefore requires manual intervention. There is scope for improvement which could include AI modelling and training. If AI is there then it will identify it in a better way. There is a field training option that already has an ML algorithm for it, but it's not much use. Hand-written documents have less than 50% accuracy.
The recognition intelligence could improve by having more details in the documents. There are limitations with the forms, templates, and manuscripts. In an upcoming release, it would be a benefit to have Arabic documentation.
They should improve the RESTful API side of this solution. Currently, fully RESTful API is not available in the on-prem version, which is really a problem, and we have to work around this limitation. The cloud version already has a fully RESTful API, but the on-prem version doesn't have a fully RESTful API, which is a big mistake. It is easy to solve, but they aren't solving it quicker. They are taking a long time. Nowadays, most people don't go to the interface. They like to use RESTful API.
I think that the tool is really complex. It works well, but in terms of rolling it out to a large audience that is not very tech savvy, this tool might be a little too much for them to handle. I think there needs to be some sort of simplification for that kind of user. ABBYY has the FlexiLayout Studio tool which is used for creating layouts for semi-structured and unstructured documents. It's pretty complex and we'd like to see some simplification there.
If you are not used for training layout feature, a lot of effort is required in order to upgrade to the latest version. FlexiCapture get the better training layout feature in deep learning and NLP.
Our basic concern is that ABBYY does not allow you to use the product unless you are a trained professional. This has been a roadblock for some of our clients because they have been okay with the pricing, but because they are not an expert on ABBEY, they are not able to use it. In the future, I would like to see integration with Google Sheets. That way, if somebody has data in another format then ABBEY can pull it out and work with it directly.
The automatic processing of invoices is not set up. We had to invent our own way of handling this. For example, if the invoice is not recognized successfully then it goes to a verification station for a person to verify whether everything is ok. But, there are no predefined solutions for this. They should have some basic types of different projects already in place, which would allow you to just take a template and customize it for your needs. We had to do all of this from scratch. It was a difficult job because ABBYY consultants are very expensive. You do not have any other consultants that really know the details, and then you have to figure that out all by yourself. It is tough. It's not just about having the product but having some examples on how to use it. Thre is not much help available on Google or from ABBYY on how to use this solution, and it would be helpful if there were more examples available. This solution should have better integration with RPA solutions such as Blue Prism.
I am researching ABBYY FlexiCapture and UiPath. Can anyone give insight into how these two solutions differ in terms of their features and capabilities?