Why use barcodes in document scanning?
There are many benefits to using barcodes while scanning your documents.
Traditional scanning methods require you to scan your documents in pre-separated batches and then manually name and organize the resulting files. Barcode scanning, on the other hand, allows you to scan multiple batches in a single stack and let the software automatically name and organize the files based on the embedded barcode information. This allows you to take full advantage of your automatic document feeding scanner. After all, what’s the point of paying for a high-speed scanner if your scanning speed bottlenecks at the processing stage?
As in OCR based document scanning software, barcode scanning software uses information on the scanned images themselves to name files and place them in the appropriate folders. However, OCR can sometimes incorrectly recognize certain words and phrases, especially when you are trying to scan at lower resolutions to reduce file size and scanning time. This results in having to perform validation and correction, which slows down the process. Barcodes condense all the necessary information in a format that is much easier for computers to decipher, even at lower resolutions, with almost 100% accuracy. This allows you to reduce file size and scanning time without the cost of additional validation and correction.
Printing bar codes on documents documents, barcode and patch code separator sheets and other hard copy functions. Automatically merge bar code templates with databases and spreadsheets to print hundreds of barcodes at once for large batch scanning projects.
Can I split TIFF or PDF files based on barcodes as a separator and also name the file with the barcode value?
Yes you can split TIFF and PDF files using barcodes as well as name files using the values from barcodes.
To do this simply create a barcode field and check the “Filename” and “Forward” options for that field on the Index tab.
The “Filename” option means the barcode values will be used to name the files. The “Forward” option means the barcode value will be carried forward to pages after it that don’t have barcodes.
Will SimpleIndex read multiple barcodes on a page and save the value to the appropriate index field?
Yes, it can. By default barcodes on any page are read left to right and top to bottom. The first barcode read on the page will be filled into the first barcode field set up in SimpleIndex and so on. You can also narrow down results by matching against a template or dictionary as well as excluding barcodes that are not in a defined zone.
To delete any barcode page go into ‘Options’, to the ‘Barcode’ Tab and click the ‘Delete barcode page’ check box. Blank page deletion is done through the minimum file size threshold located in ‘Options’ in the ‘Batch’ Tab. The option is called ‘Min. File Size (blank pages)’ and it has a field which you can enter numeric values on the left. The number corresponds to the number of pixels or bytes on the page. To pick a number that will delete the blank pages and keep the pages with information you want, look at your largest blank page and your smallest page with information that you want saved and make the ‘Min. File Size (blank pages)’ number in between that. For example, one of your largest blank pages is 4KB and one of your smallest pages with information is 8KB. You want to make the number in the ‘Min. File Size (blank pages)’ field in between 4000 and 8000. 6000 would be a good number to
This answer applies only to generic barcode separator sheets that only indicate breaks between multi-page files and do not contain index data. The best way to do this with SimpleIndex is using a 2-step configuration. Using the command line interface, this can be automated to 1 step for the user. The first configuration creates filenames using an Autonumber field that is incremented each time a barcode is detected. Create a Barcode field to recognize the separator sheet, and enter a template to ensure no stray barcodes are recognized as separators. Check the “Delete barcode page” option to remove the separator sheet during this process. To use blank pages, set the “Min File Size” option on the Batch tab to 2000-5000 (for 200dpi, B&W) to detect blank pages. The setting is based on the file size in bytes–you may need to adjust for your scanner and documents. Set the “Autonumber Increment” to “Blank Pages” and don’t create a b
Indexing Solutions with Barcode Recognition Barcode recognition is the most efficient way to capture index data printed on documents. If you are unfamiliar with the use of barcodes in document scanning, you can learn more about barcodes in our Barcode Scanning Guide, but if you want to know more about barcode use with SimpleSoftware products, read on. Some documents already have key information in barcode format on them. In many cases adding a barcode to a document is as simple as changing or adding a font. Adding barcodes to new documents is preferable as all the index data is on the document at the time it is created and in a format that can be read with near 100% accuracy. As an alternative to placing barcodes on the individual documents, it is possible to print out a barcode cover page and place it on the file before it is scanned. The SimpleCoversheet application was designed to make this easy by providing a simple interface for selecting index values and printing a standard cover