Press release: Quartex launches fully searchable transcriptions of digitized manuscript assets

07 May 2021

Quartex, an Adam Matthew Digital SaaS platform, is delighted to announce the launch of Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) Transcription, which creates automated, fully searchable transcriptions of manuscript assets with a single click.


Users of digital collections sites in Quartex can now access and explore handwritten assets further than ever before, thanks to this unique enhancement of its already ground-breaking Handwritten Text Recognition feature.

Quartex is the only digital collections platform to offer HTR Transcription which extends search beyond asset metadata and is being described as a game-changing development in the field of digital archives.


“At Quartex, we are committed to providing exceptional customer and user experiences, while staying at the forefront of technology and archive accessibility. This exciting launch uses innovative AI technology to recognize a disparate range of characters, languages, and handwriting styles with a high degree of accuracy." 

Khal Rudin, Managing Director at Adam Matthew Digital.


Several institutions, including the Congregational Library & Archives (CLA), worked with the Quartex product development team to provide manuscript samples with which to test HTR Transcription and were delighted with the high quality of output and the possibilities for their manuscript collections.


“Automatic transcription, through Quartex's HTR technology, presents us with new and exciting possibilities to increase the accessibility and reach of the CLA's manuscript materials. 18th century handwriting is difficult to read at the best of times, but with HTR Transcription, we have an opportunity to help break that barrier to understanding and using our resources. Further, HTR's ability to make names that appear in text searchable will be an immense boon to genealogists, researchers, and all our users.”

Zachary Bodnar, Archivist, CLA


HTR Transcription is expected to transform research within digitized collections around the world, with potential to form the basis for transcription projects as well as to allow researchers to maximise their time and delve further into collections than ever before, broadening the scope and depth of their studies.


“With the launch of HTR Transcription, Quartex has become a one-stop-shop for transcription services, with automatic, editable transcriptions of print and AV assets already available within the platform. This makes Quartex a compelling choice for institutions and repositories looking to ensure optimal accessibility, both for their staff and for their diverse user communities.”

Martin Drewe, Head of Customer Experience, Adam Matthew Digital


To find out more about HTR Transcription, please contact Martin Drewe, Head of Customer Experience (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).