I am posting here in hopes that A) I have the right section and B) you can help me.
I am faced with an issue where I work where we get the status of 3rd party devices displayed on a screen. We get no info from it in numerical format and it is a closed source program. We need to create reports based on the status of these devices and in the past we just sat down and took a manual note of what device was in what state. The issue we are now faced with is they want the reports to be more detailed, so this manual task has to be done more often.
We are pushing for access to the back end that drives this system but to be honest that could take quite some time. What we do at the moment is run a program that takes screen captures at set intervals during the day so we can sit down at a quite time and compare them. This is now proving to be a little to time consuming.
What I was hoping to find was a program that could use OCR to identify each label and then export it into a spreadsheet with the corresponding flag or yes or no depending on the colour of the text. A programming friend of mine explained how this was possible and I know it would be myself but in order to get something passed to be installed on the network it has to be a commercial grade product with support of something of an open nature that can be examined internally if required.
So after all that waffle, can anyone make any suggestions?