ABBYY FlexiCapture - Creating an Image Enhancement Profile

Learn how to modify the document visually before the OCR takes place by creating an image enhancement profile.

 

Hello, today I'd like to show you ABBYY FlexiCapture's image enhancement profiles. Now, image enhancing can do a number of different things, including flipping, or increasing resolution, or modifying the visual appearance of a document, but let me explain it to you here in the terms of a batch. Here I have a few different documents, and you can see these first two documents are typical structured documents, and actually, so if this last one. But the problem is this last one, and a number of different samples that I have have been flipped.

What I can do is set up an image enhancement profile to accommodate this flipping. The first thing I'm going to do is go to project, properties, and I'm going to create an image enhancement profile. For this profile I need to give it a name, so in my case we're going to call this flip horizontally, and you can see here I can tell the software to perform a flip, and I can activate that.

If I load an item in here, in the preview, the software will automatically show me what it does as I select the different options here. So, you can see as I click around, the software will show you what it does to the current sample that I have loaded. Some important points to this screen is that sometimes in the image enhancement process we may want an item to happen before another, so we may want an enhanced resolution before we do something else, or invert colors before we do something else. In order to do that there's an ellipsis here to the left that allow us to drag these specific items in a subsequent order so that they're processed in the best way to enhance the image.

If you ever need to perform multiple operations to get the best image that you can just make sure you note that they should really be done in order, just in order to get you the best document. But, in this case I've told the software to flip my images horizontally. Now I'm going to save that, and when I have an image enhancement profile, that profile must be assigned to either a batch type, an image import profile, or a scanning station profile.

What I'm going to do is create a batch type. I'm just going to call this our flip horizontal batch type, but I'm going to tell it to use this image enhancement profile that I just created. And just like typical batch types, I'm just going to leave these alone. But of course, you have a bunch of options here that we can modify, but in cases of a demo I'm going to leave these alone, and I will call this our flip horizontal batch type. Okay.

Next, I'm going to create a test batch, and I'm going to tell the software to use that batch type, which then of course uses that image enhancement profile. What I'm going to do is load a number of different flipped samples that I have, and I'll actually double-click them to show you. Here's the first sample, here's the second, and here's the third. The data is different, but each of those documents are flipped. So, what I'm going to do is just simply highlight them, bring them into my test batch.

Even though they were flipped you will see here that now the software has performed that image enhancement, it's actually looked at the profile, saw I told it to do, and I can, of course, see that the software has now flipped the document, and then extracted the results accordingly. So, this is a pretty important feature because it gives us the ability to modify the document visually before the OCR takes place.

For example, on this case the software is saying, "Hey! I may want to increase DPI." So, if I want to increased DPI I have the ability to modify my processing profile to perhaps increase my resolution to 300 DPI. And then, if I process this again that will make a visual enhancement to the document. So, a number of different things we can do here to provide some visual updates to the document before that OCR takes place. I hope you enjoyed this video. If you have any questions please let me know, thank you.

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Travis Spangler
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Articles by Travis Spangler: Travis writes articles dealing with various technical aspects of document capture and forms processing. He is fluent in Microsoft.NET and holds several certifications including ABBYY FlexiCapture and IRISXTract. As general manager and sales director, he controls the daily operations as well as manages customer accounts to ensure both customers and prospects are receiving the very best from UFC, Inc. Travis has many years of experience with document capture software and content management systems. He also has wide areas of expertise including custom functions in ABBYY FlexiCapture, email API's, Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services, and many other applications and platforms. He has integrated Amazon Web Services EC2 instances with several applications including the company's CRM system.
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