Company Bio

 

We are a small team of technology enthusiasts (with an unfairly large number of PhDs between us) and we are based in Islington, North London, UK.

Our expertise lies in building complex computer-vision software – primarily for PDFs.

Zanran’s first product was its data-search engine.

Utilising the technology we developed for the data-search engine, Zanran has created a number of PDF extraction solutions – all of which you can discover here.

Zanran is privately held by its two founders and three angel investors.

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Zanran’s unique software ‘understands’ the layout of a PDF page – paragraphs, diagrams and tables

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Zanran Search Engine

Search the web for data & statistics

 

A brief history

Our two founders of Zanran, Jon & Yves, exited their telecoms businesses – but continued to meet. During one of their ‘creative’ sessions, they imagined how one day, a user would be able to enter the X and Y labels of a graph in a search engine and get the resulting pie chart, bar chart, line graph or table. Thus Zanran's data-search engine was born!

They understood then that building a numerical search engine capable of this relied on the development of computer-vision algorithms which were capable of filtering images of graphs and tables from other images.

So why PDFs?  PDFs contain large amounts of graphs and tables and it’s the primary format organisations tend to use for major reports and archiving. As a result, we have developed a considerable amount of expertise in developing software for handling PDFs and the content within them – both graphics and text.   

At Zanran, we now provide PDF analysis, processing and extraction software to organisations and businesses wanting to process PDFs at large scale. To get a better understanding of the software we provide and the technology we use, click here.

Our software is not conventional – nor do we work with conventional programmers to produce it. As computer-vision is still at a relatively early stage in its development, there can be many blind alleys and false starts in finding good solutions to any vision problem. The remarkable thing is that the brain – human/cat/dog/mouse - is capable of dealing with these problems so fast and so apparently easily. Our aim is to replicate that process – and to that end, we’re constantly improving our unique computer-vision algorithms.