SimpleIndex Scan To Database is designed to streamline the single-user scanning workflow employed by most desktop scanners. SimpleIndex lets you define the entire scanning process from beginning to end, then execute the steps in that workflow automatically. This minimizes user training and interruptions for input during the scanning process.
Open database integration is a powerful feature of SimpleIndex and one that furthers its interoperability with custom programs. Instead of using a proprietary database, SimpleIndex allows you to map its index fields to cells in any database table. It can be configured to create new records, update existing ones or retrieve them for viewing. Using these three basic database functions, SimpleIndex is able to interface with and operate on any database.
SimpleIndex offers export to XML files, as well as the SimpleExport module. It makes it possible to integrate with any third party database, application, or document management systems (DMS) that accepts an XML or text file import.
Simplendex features “Match and Attach” mode, which combines the power of the Autofill feature with the ability to update existing records in your database. This lets you “attach” images to existing database records by “matching” them with values from SimpleIndex.
In SQL Server, Oracle and MySQL (among others) user logons are associated with a default “schema” that determines which tables and views they can see.
Users may have access to other tables and views that aren’t in their schema. When connecting to the database these tables will show up in the list, but when you try to get the list of fields you get an “Invalid object reference” error.
To reference these tables, use [Schema].[Table] for the table name to explicitly reference the table.
You can also change the user’s default schema on the server to the one matching the table.
A third option is to create a view under the user’s default schema that selects the necessary records.
At the present time you cannot enter [Schema].[Table] in the wizard, so if you need to use this workaround configure the job in the wizard and modify the table name in the old job options screen.
If you have a Search/Retrieval configuration that you want to have Sort by more than one column do the following.
1. Open the configuration pad in Notepad.
2. Search for the option value <SORT_FIELD>
3. Normally there is one value in the section that looks like this: <SORT_FIELD>FIELD1</SORT_FIELD>
4. Add the fields that you want to search by as the database columns like this: <SORT_FIELD>[FIELD1],[FIELD2]</SORT_FIELD>
If you would like to create a database string for an Access database that includes a password use this format:
Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source=path\database.mdb;Jet OLEDB:Database Password=db_password;
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.
Windows Search works great with SimpleIndex because all index data can be saved to the folder and file names as well as the file properties, and OCR text can be saved to hidden layers in PDF files. Windows Search will read all of these elements when building its index and will return any matching files when you search. Using Windows Search on a file server allows for instantaneous searching across terabytes of documents and text for all of the users on your network. IFilters allow Windows Search to search within file contents. Here are three popular PDF IFilters that will enable text searching for PDF files: Foxit PDF IFilter (commercial) TET PDF IFilter (free/commercial) Adobe PDF IFilter (32-bit / 64-bit) (free) If you have issues with PDF text searching in Windows 10, this article has detailed instructions for resolving PDF IFilter issues: https://fixedit.itxpress.biz/2018/07/05/searching-pdfs-in-windows-10/
There are a variety of ways to connect to your database. Detailed instructions are provided in the Manual (check the Help menu). Here is a brief overview of the steps involved: -Create a job configuration to scan and index files -On the database tab, set the “Database Mode” to “Insert New Records” -To use ODBC, enter the data source name or file in Data Source -To connect directly, select your database type under “Select a Data Source” and click Start. A series of dialogs will prompt you for database connection information. -Select destination Table or View and click Reload -For each index field, select the corresponding database field that will receive that field value -The “Output File Field” will receive the path to the exported file Once you have created records in your database in “Insert” mode, you can change to “Retrieve and View Records” and use SimpleIndex or SimpleSearch to search and view the files.
Is the document Search/Retrieval and View functions available in SimpleIndex or available only with the SimpleSearch add-on module?
All of the search functions can be used with any SimpleIndex license. SimpleSearch is only needed to enable searching from other workstations.
Yes. Image files can be inserted into binary fields in Access, SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL and other databases.
Check the “Store files as binary objects” option on the Database tab and the “Output File Field” setting can be mapped to a binary field.
If using PDF, MS Office or other non-image files, use the File Type Field to store the file extension of the stored file.
SimpleSearch mode will let you view files stored using this method as well.
I have a scanner/copier that creates PDF and TIFF files and saves them to my file server. Can I use SimpleIndex to create a searchable CD/DVD from these files?
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.
This error is usually caused when the data you are trying to insert does not match the data type of the database field. This could be a text value being inserted into a number or date field, or a text value that is longer than the maximum length of the field.
To avoid this error, be sure to use the correct Field Type and/or Template on the Index tab to force the user to enter data in the correct format. You may also need to adjust the data types or lengths for your database fields.
If the database you use to store index information has security access features, you can use these to manage access to documents with SimpleIndex retrieval mode.
In your database, create user accounts and groups and assign them the appropriate permissions to records in your document database.
In SimpleIndex, check the “Require Logon” option on the Logging tab to force the user to logon to the database using the accounts you created. When they search and view documents, they will only be able to access records that the corresponding database user has been assigned access to.
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 search
Match & Attach mode lets you batch update multiple records in a database using the index data from your SimpleIndex job. For example, if you have a large backfile of documents that you want to scan and link to records in an existing database, you can use Match & Attach to find the corresponding record and set the Image Path field to the newly scanned file.
For details on how to configure Match & Attach mode, please refer to the manual.
The Autofill feature of SimpleIndex is an easy way to associate many index fields with one document without retyping data that already exists in another application. Autofill uses a database lookup to retrieve records that match a key value entered by the user. Blank index fields are then filled in automatically with the data from this lookup. The result is a document database with many different possible search fields, of which only one needed to be entered during scanning. To configure the Autofill feature first go to the Index tab and define the field that will be used to perform the lookup. Each value in this field should correspond to a single record in the database, usually defined as the “Primary Key”. This field can be any type, including Barcode and OCR for full automation. Next click “Configure Index Autofill” button. Here is where you will setup the database lookup. The “Match Data Source” is configured the same way as the “Data Sour
Yes! We’ve made it simple to create a database that you can use to store index information and perform searches with SimpleIndex Retrieval Mode. Once you have configured a SimpleIndex job to scan and store documents on your network, use these steps to create a database to store index information for searching: 1. On the database tab, make sure “Create Generic Access DB” is selected in the drop-down and click “Start”. 2. Save the Access database in a location accessible to all SimpleIndex users. All the settings on this form will be filled in automatically after you save the database. 3. Change the “Database Mode” to “Insert New Records”. This means that when the job is run, new records will be added to the database as new files are processed. 4. Save the this configuration. 5. To create a configuration for searching and viewing, simply change the “Database Mode” setting to “Retrieve and View Records”. You may
SimpleIndex® is a great solution for small businesses and departments that need a quick and affordable way to scan, organize and view documents. SimpleIndex provides a wide variety of retrieval options, many of which require no special software to find and view documents. The most affordable solution uses Windows folders and filenames to organize and find documents on a shared network drive. SimpleIndex lets you use index field values to create folders and filenames automatically, automating the process with barcodes, OCR and database lookups where possible. Other applications force the user to create folders and name files manually, making ad-hoc document management too labor-intensive to be practical. You may also use SimpleIndex with SimpleSearch to create a keyword-searchable database that lets you find and view documents based on one or more index values. There are several advantages to using SimpleSearch instead of Windows folders: Find documents based on specific keywords or phr
This job configuration uses a 3-step process to automate the OCR processing:
Step 1 uses a full-page OCR process on each image. Field data is extracted from the full-page OCR using template and dictionary matching algorithms. This is done in Pre-Index mode to allow unattended processing. Data is saved to a database so it can be reviewed and corrected in Step 2.
Step 2 uses Database Update mode to find images with missing index values and allow the user to manually enter the correct data.
Step 3 uses a SimpleSearch configuration to search and view the indexed images, including full text searches.