dwmead03 wrote:I believe MrRubix was correct in saying this is the hardest mission on the entire site! I am very curious as to how the one's who have solved have solved it as well as the number of people that have solved it. Just writing a program to find the center of the spiral and rotate to grab each letter in 30 seconds is a programming challenge in itself! Not to mention the actual OCR!
I have a few generalized questions about this mission because I trying multiple ways to solve this one. Currently, I think the way I'm going is to screen shot the image and find center point and rotate and extract. I am using C# and using the GDI to draw the bitmap to the form, rotating, then using the copy from screen method of the graphics class. The rotation seems to distort the characters quite a bit, again increasing the difficulty of this mission. Not to mention the fact that the actual characters aren't being drawn identically every time.
I was also wondering if most people wrote their own OCR or used an API or SDK of an already developed OCR. If so, which ones? Also, did you somehow solve this mission by figuring what character is being drawn by sorting the array of data in the source? I mostly concerned about the general methods that different people successfully completed this mission with.
Chaosmaster wrote:I wonder if anyone managed to to this with php,
I am using the OCR approach, everything is working fine (even though it doesn't always get each and every character correctly).
as acskurucz said I have one major problem, it takes too long to rotate the image.
I only rotate the image 8 times, but it takes at least 10 seconds for each rotation, this way I'm never gonna get done in 30 seconds.
If someone has an idea, please spill it out.
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