Is SimpleIndex for Windows only? I’m a Mac user.
Unfortunately SimpleIndex is for Windows only. This is true of most high speed document scanning applications, due to the fact that most document scanners only have Windows drivers.
However, SimpleIndex can output to databases and file shares on a Mac server. The fact that it does not have its own proprietary file system and database makes it a very good choice for Mac networks, since only the scanning workstation needs to be a PC.
Likewise, many users have reported great success running Parallels or Bootcamp on their Mac to allow the use of a Windows OS
- Published in Licensing & Installation
How do I delete an image and it’s database entry?
If your Job Settings Wizard configuration’s of Database mode setting is set to “Update Existing Records”, the database record and the image will be deleted when you delete an image from a batch. The Table Name must be an updateable query or table and you must have sufficient permissions for both the database record and the file.
You cannot delete files with SimpleSearch. To enable retrieval users to change indexes, rename or delete files, use a SimpleIndex Standard license.
- Published in Database & Retrieval
What is the point of SimpleQC?
SimpleQC is now SimpleView with many enhancements. In a nutshell it is designed to let you quickly browse folders containing multi-page TIFF or PDF documents. The two main uses for this are:
1 Review scanned documents for Quality Control
Occasionally a scanned document will be too light or too dark to be read. This can happen quite often with some types of paper. Use SimpleView to find these pages quickly and rescan them. You can also correct page order, rotation, skew, etc.
2 Use as a document viewer
SimpleIndex and other scanning applications create folders and files on your hard drive or network to store documents. Use SimpleView to quickly browse image thumbnails by folder and filename. Auto-rotate, enhance and OCR images as needed.
SimpleView is different from other thumbnail viewers because:
-It loads multi-page TIFF files very quickly
-It displays thumbnails for files as well as pages within multi-page files on the same screen
-It has many functions for document QC such as auto-selecting even and odd pages or files for rotation, rescan pages
-It displays thumbnails for PDF files and displays them in the Acrobat viewer
-With Acrobat Standard or Pro you can enable editing & signing of PDF files
-Viewing of office documents and electronic formats are also available
- Published in SimpleView
How do I use the Media Wizard to create searchable DVDs or thumb drives?
To enable the Media Wizard, you must first create a job configuration that exports index information to an Access database. Once you have scanned all the documents for the CD or DVD and attached them to the database, create a second job that uses “Retrieve and View Records” to search and view these files.
The media wizard will be enabled in the Send menu whenever you have this configuration file open. The sample configurations included with SimpleIndex demonstrate scanning and searching with an Access database. Microsoft Access is not required to create the database.
The media wizard will copy the Access database and all of the files in your Output folder to a temporary folder, along with the SimpleSearch configuration and Autorun files needed to search the files from a CD or DVD. Simply burn all the files in this folder to create the searchable disc.
- Published in Database & Retrieval, Export
Is there a way to just use part of a bar code or OCR value? For example, extract “50” from the value “124450”
To do this example, create a barcode field (Field 1 for example) and a 2nd field with type “Fixed”. In the template for the 2nd field, enter %FIELD1[5,2]% to get “50” from “124450”.
%FIELD1% would get the entire value for Field #1, the barcode field. By adding the [5,2] you tell SimpleIndex to start at the 5th character (5) and take 2 characters from the value (50).
Find out more about barcode scanning on our Barcode Scanning Guide and read up on Optical Character Recognition on the SimpleOCR scanning solutions guide.
- Published in Bar Codes, OCR, Office PDF Text Processing
How can I change from letter to legal size documents?
This is done through the TWAIN or ISIS settings for your scanner. To access these settings select “Display Scanner Settings” from the “Scan” file menu. Next click the “Run Job” button and before the scanning process starts your scanners TWAIN or ISIS settings dialog box will appear.
Every TWAIN or ISIS dialog is different, but any of them have a clear option for changing page size or auto detecting page size.
- Published in TWAIN & ISIS Scanning
Are installation and training options available for SimpleIndex?
SimpleSoftware professional services will be happy to design and configure your first scanning and indexing process free with the purchase of Annual Maintenance. We will do this online using GotoMeeting web conferencing software so you can learn to setup and use the software as we work. We will even do the setup during the demo period, with no charge if you decide not to buy!
Basic setup and training takes about an hour for most jobs. More complicated workflows involving database lookups and exports, dynamic OCR data capture and other advanced features are not included with maintenance. Our professional services division will be happy to assist you with these at a competitive hourly rate.
On-site installation and training is available from our Value-Added Resellers. Click here to find an Authorized Dealer near you.
Contact us to get a professional services quote for your project.
- Published in Indexing & UI, Licensing & Installation
How do you train the OCR engine for better accuracy?
Training has been removed with version 7 due to the addition of the ABBYY FineReader OCR engine.
- Published in OCR
How do you configure full text searching in Retrieval mode?
On the Database tab there dropdown in the lower portion of the panel for Full Text OCR Field. Put the name of the field that will store the full-text data there. This must be configured both for Insert and Retrieval mode configurations. The database field needs to be sufficient length to store the entire text of your document.
Of course, the Insert Mode configuration must have “Enable Full Page OCR” checked to generate full text data from images. Text from MS Office documents, PDF files and existing OCR text files can be used without setting this option.
When designing your Retrieval Mode configuration, create a Text field to use for full text search queries. On the Database tab, set the corresponding “Database Field Name” to the full text database field.
When searching on your full text field, SimpleIndex finds the text you enter no matter where it appears in the document. It is able to match partial words. It does not perform boolean or natural language searches. The text entered must match the document text exactly.
- Published in Database & Retrieval, OCR
Can you skip to a specific page or file within a batch?
The Grid feature lets you browse the documents in the batch and jump to a specific file. Click the Grid check box in the upper-right corner of the application to display the grid. Double-click on a row to display the corresponding file.
- Published in Indexing & UI
How do you create searchable CDs or DVDs that you can distribute royalty-free?
This feature is included in SimpleIndex at no additional cost and is called the Media Wizard.
The Media Wizard is located in the “Send” file menu and is called Media Wizard. It allows you to burn your images, indexes, a database and a free SimpleSearch viewer for just the CD or DVD. It also provides an easy way to get the maximum amount of information on the media that you want it on.
You set up the Media Wizard by pointing it to your image folder and database and you select the media that you would like to put it on. It then saves a file folder with all the files that you would need in the size of the media you are using in the location that you designate. You then burn these files using the burning application of your choice.
- Published in Database & Retrieval
How do I automatically delete blank pages from duplex documents?
This is done using the Minimum File Size drop down in the Blank Page Deletion section of the Image Enhancement step of the Job Settings Wizard. This setting uses the image file size in bytes to determine which files are blank pages.
In this box you would put the number of bytes for the threshold for which documents are considered to be blank, which will be deleted and those considered non-blank that should be kept. If the scanned or imported image file is smaller than the number in bytes for the file size then it will be deleted and if it is higher it will be kept.
For 200dpi, compressed, black & white TIFF images (the default format used by SimpleIndex) this is usually around 2500 bytes and 300dpi, compressed, black & white TIFF images (the default for OCR) is usually around 7500.
Depending on your scanner settings and how much black is in your images, blank pages could be significantly larger. If you are scanning small pages the margin for error will be less. You will want to do some trial and error testing to ensure the setting is right for your images.
- Published in TWAIN & ISIS Scanning