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What are the best quality images to use when processing form data and recognition?
In all cases, you’ll want to have your images as clear and as clean as possible. For any particular procedure, please consider the following: OCR and ICR: Capture images in at least 300 DPI resolution. Ideally, working in black and white will allow the objects of interest on your image to be better defined and recognized. Free the image form all noise as much as possible. As if a human was reading it, you’ll want the text objects on the image to be as legible as possible. For ICR, make sure that the characters are printed (no cursive text, etc). Barcode recognition: As with OCR and ICR, capture images in at least 300 DPI and working with black and white content can provide excellent results. You’ll also want to make sure that the bars in the barcodes are clearly defined on the image and are not mal-formed (for example, the barcodes should have the proper start and stop sequence, etc). As always, clear as much noise from the image as possible. Forms matching and registration: As with the prior 2 items above, capture your documents in at least 300 DPI. Make sure that your resolution is consistent between your form templates and incoming batch images as well. Form templates should only contain data that is common to every image that is being processed (i.e. – Form fields, the text that appears on the blank form itself, etc). The template should not have filled-in field information as this will affect the forms matching process.
Why, when I tried to run the SLU, do I get a ” Component ‘COMDLG32.OCX’ or one of its dependences not correctly registered” error?
This error happens if a particular deployment machine doesn’t have the COMDLG32.OCX file registered. To fix this: 1. Install the comdlg.ocx dependency, if not available on the target machine. If the comdlg.ocx is not present on the system than it will need to be obtained from a system that has it (it should be available on your development machine in the directory mentioned in step 2). 2. Place the file in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. (C:\Windows\SysWOW64 on a 64 bit machine) 3. Register the DLL via the regsvr32.exe command. 4. You should see a successful message and then be able to proceed with the licensing installation.
Why do I still get the “Accusoft Licensing” popup after I have licensed my machine?
There are a few reasons why this might happen:
Why do I get a “80040154 Class Not Registered” error when using the License Development Kit on IIS?
If you are receiving a “80040154 Class not registered (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80040154 (REGDB_E_CLASSNOTREG)).” error while trying to use the LDK on a website created through IIS, it is likely because of a platform conflict (x32 vs x64). To fix it, try checking (or unchecking) “Enable 32-Bit Applications” for the App Pool associated with the website.
Why did my license stop working?
There are a couple reasons why a license might stop working. The most common would be if the MAC addresses changed (on a virtual machine, or after significant hardware change). Additionally, a temporary two week license can be put on a machine via the Server Licensing Utility if there are no licenses available when you license a machine. Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional questions. If you want a new license please contact email@example.com.
Why am I unable to obtain a license using the License Manager?
One possibility is that you have strict firewall settings that are preventing our License Manager from connecting with licensing.accusoft.com, our licensing server. In order to connect with licensing.accusoft.com, you’ll have to make an exception in your firewall for our License Manager so that it can connect to licensing.accusoft.com on port 80 for http and port 443 for https.
When should I apply image cleanup operations on my document images?
There are a number of cleanup operations that you can use to make an image more suitable for a particular application. What you observe visually on the image and how you perceive its impact on your project is the most important. For example, if you’re noticing very many random specks on your image, and you’re planning to use OCR, then you may want to try a depseckle or blob removal operation first. If the content in your image looks a bit slanted, you could try a deskew or rotate operation. In some cases, using a line removal operation on forms that have grid fields could be helpful also. The amount of image cleaning you may need to do can very from project to project. There’s not a one shot cleaning operation that will always work for all images. But, observe the nature of the noise and interference in your images to determine what general parameters appear to provide the best results.
What type of license should I be using?
Accusoft supports 3 primary license types: Evaluation, Toolkit, and Runtime licenses.
An Evaluation license is available upon download and will allow you to try our products and determine if they will suit your needs. Most downloads include free demo applications that demonstrate the core functionality of our product and will show you how to get up and running integrating Accusoft products with your solution. While the Evaluation license is free to download it does come with some restrictions. These restrictions may come in the form of water marked documents, pop-up dialogue boxes, or a time limit on the Evaluation license itself.
Should you decide that an Accusoft product is right for you, the next step should be to purchase one or more of our Toolkit licenses. Accusoft requires each developer using an Accusoft component to have a Toolkit license on their development machine. Once registered, the Toolkit license will unlock all restrictions of the Evaluation license. Please note, the Toolkit license is strictly to be used for development purposes, and when activated, it will be tied the specific development machine that it was registered on. Understandably, the occasion may arise where a Toolkit license needs to be moved from one development machine to another. In such a scenario, please contact sales@accusoft to see if this is feasible. For more information on how to register a Toolkit license on a development machine please see the ‘Toolkit Licensing’ section of your products Help documentation.
Finally, once you have completed your solution and are ready for deployment, you will need to purchase a Runtime license. Accusoft offers 2 types of Runtime licenses. Most commonly, you will purchase an Automatically Reported Runtime (or Node-Locked) license, which requires a license for every machine your solution will be deployed to. It is very important to note that Runtime licenses are tied to the machine they are activated on and should not be used for development purposes. Doing so will quickly use up your Runtime licenses and cannot be refunded. For more information about how to activate an Automatically Reported Runtime license, please see the ‘Automatically Reported Runtime License’ section of your products Help documentation. In certain circumstances, Accusoft will issue a Manually Reported Runtime licenses that allow you to embed all of the licensing information directly into your application. These licenses are only distributed under certain circumstances and eligibility is determined by Accusoft sales. For more information on how to activate this type of license, please see the ‘Manually Reported Runtime License’ section of your products Help documentation.
What are the differences between the compressions used in TIFF files?
The Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) is widely popular, and is particularly used in document imaging. It can support a number of compression types:
What quality should my images be for processing form data and recognition using FormSuite?
In all cases, you want to have your images as clear and as clean as possible. For any particular procedure, please consider the following:
OCR and ICR: Capture images in at least 300 DPI resolution. Ideally, working in black and white allows the objects of interest on your image to be better defined and recognized. Free the image form all noise as much as possible. As if a human were reading it, you want the text objects on the image to be as legible as possible. For ICR, ensure that the characters are printed (no cursive text, etc).
Barcode recognition: As with OCR and ICR, capture images in at least 300 DPI and working with black and white content can provide excellent results. Ensure that the bars in the barcodes are clearly defined on the image and are not malformed (for example, the barcodes should have the proper start and stop sequence, etc). Clear as much noise from the image as possible.
Forms matching and registration: As with the prior 2 items above, capture your documents in at least 300 DPI. Ensure that your resolution is consistent between your form templates and incoming batch images. Form templates should only contain data that is common to every image that is being processed (i.e. Form fields, the text that appears on the blank form itself, etc). The template should not have filled-in field information as this will affect the forms matching process.
For any other operating system, use an FTP client, such as FileZilla, using the above FTP and login information. Once you’ve successfully logged in, you can drop your files into the folder.
In order to add a new FormTableColumnHeaderDefinition to a FormTableDefinition object, first create a list of type FormTableColumnHeaderDefinition. Next, each FormTableColumnHeaderDefinition object is created and defined and added to this list using the Add method. Finally, this list is assigned to the FormTableDefinition’s ColumnHeaderDefinitions property.
// Create a table definition
FormTableDefinition tableDefinition = new FormTableDefinition();
tableDefinition.Name = "Line Item Table";
// Setup the columns of the table
List<FormTableColumHeaderDefinition> columnHeaderDefinitions = new List<FormTableColumnHeaderDefinition>();
FormTableColumnHeaderDefinition descriptionColumn = new FormTableColumnHeaderDefinition();
descriptionColumn.DataType = FormFieldDataType.GeneralText;
descriptionColumn.Name = "Description";
FormTableColumnHeaderDefinition amountColumn = new FormTableColumnHeaderDefinition();
amountColumn.DataType = FormFieldDataType.Currency;
amountColumn.Name = "Amount";
tableDefinition.ColumnHeaderDefinitions = columnHeaderDefinitions;
// Add the table definition to the form definition