Transkribus helps you to convert old letters, documents and chronicles from old German scripts such as Kurrent, Sütterlin, Fraktur or Antiqua into readable text. The Transkribus software enables you to automatically translate old handwritings with the help of artificial intelligence.
With the transcription editor you can manually transcribe your old German Scripts 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.
You can also train specific text recognition models that are capable of recognising exactly the old German Script and the handwriting of your material
With Transkribus you can search your documents for names and keyowords and you have also more advanced search options
You can export your transcribed text as text documents or as PDFs.
Transkribus is a software that uses artificial intelligence to “learn” how to read Kurrent Script. 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 Kurrent Script.
The model “German Kurrent M2” for instance was trained with more than 550.000 words from many different handwritings. You can use this and other pretrained AI models to automatically recognize your Kurrent, Sütterlin or Fraktur 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 recognize excactly the handwriting that you are working with.
Example of an old Recipe written in Kurrent Script
There are a number of old German Scripts that were used in the German speaking World between the 16th and 20th century. On the one hand, there were a number of handwritings including Kurrent Script, Sütterlin, Offenbacher Script. But there were also some printed Scrpits such as Fraktur or Antiqua.
With the help of Transkribus accessing and searching a large number of historical documents – written in old German Scripts – is today possible. By using one of the public models or a own model, thousands of historical documents can be automatically converted into text.
Training, layout analysis, using Transkribus for manually transcribing, etc. – i.e., everything but text recognition proper is free of charge. Yet, you can also use the Transkribus text recognition feature for free, as you get 500 free credits (i.e. about 500 pages) upon signup.
Your purchases will enable us to keep Transkribus alive into the future and keep this wonderful community going. Everything you need to know about buying credits you can find here.