The PSIcapture End User Guide: Capture/Import Module covers the entire User Interface, Navigation, and Functionality of the Capture/Import Module within PSIcapture. A valid PSIcapture Capture Profile is required to begin importing documents and processing them through a configured workflow. To learn more, visit the links below:
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The Capture module performs the core work of physically and logically connecting PC based scan stations to the scanner and/or file systems. The connection is used to capture images and convert them to electronic format. Device profiles are used to define specific setup options for different scanner devices (such as simplex/duplex, double feed detection, etc…) and file system capture methods (such as import, auto-import).
Barcodes and patch codes are read by the Capture Module to distinguish between the end of one document and the beginning of another. In addition, barcode values may also be configured to automatically populate index fields.
The Capture Module can also perform image cleanup via Image Processing. Cleanup may include removing black hole punch marks, de-skewing or rotating the image, removing extraneous specks that may appear on the image (called de-speckle within the program), cropping, and more. The Capture Module produces a grouping of enhanced TIFF images for use in the next step of the Capture workflow.
Select Capture Profile
To begin the capture process, click on the Capture/Import icon in the Navigator Pane. The user can specify when the Select Capture Profile window opens up by making a selection from the dropdown menu at the bottom left of the window. The default setting is to open this window when the Capture module is started.
If there is a large amount of Capture Profiles to choose from the user can search by name, description, created, or modified to find a specific profile.
Show Capture Profile Selection Dialog When Options
- Selected from File menu - The dialog box will only come up when the user chooses Select Capture Profile from the ribbon menu.
- Opening Capture Module (default) - This option will automatically open the dialog box when the Capture Module is started.
- Creating a New Batch - The dialog box will open when the user creates a new batch or starts Capture on a new batch.
The various Capture Profiles can be designated as members of different groups, similar to groups of contacts in a phonebook. Specification of groups can be made in Capture Profile - General configuration settings.
Capture Ribbon Menu
Create Batch – Opens the Create Batch dialog box.
Select Batch – Opens the Select Batch dialog box which will list only those batches that are in the Capture/Import workflow step. By highlighting a batch and clicking Select the selected batch will open.
Brings up the Close Batch dialog box. Prompts the user to select one of three options described below:
- Close Batch - Closes the current batch. The user stays in the Capture/Import Module, and the Select Batch dialog box comes up.
- Close Batch and Continue in next Workflow step - Closes the current batch and the Capture/Import Module. The batch is immediately reopened in the next module of the workflow.
- Suspend Batch in Quality Assurance - Suspends the batch in the Capture/Import workflow step for processing at a later time. The Capture/Import Module remains open and the Select Batch dialog box comes up.
Select Capture Profile - Brings up the Capture Profile window in order to choose a profile.
Import Batch – This icon is only available for selection if there is an Import Batch step within the capture workflow. It provides the ability to perform batch import.
View Batch Information - Brings up the Batch Information window.
Start Capture – initiates capture process.
Stop Capture – Stops the current capture process.
Select Capture Device – Allows the selection of the device used to capture images.
Configure Device Profiles – Allows for the creation of device profiles for capture device settings. For scanners, driver settings can be configured and named for quick recall during capture operations. For the Import Device, folder paths can be specified for quick access to image directories.
Toggle Index Data Editing – Enables and disables the editing of index data in the Indexing Pane.
Contains numerous commands specific to the Capture module and the current Batch.
Start Single Page Capture
Capture one page from the currently selected capture device.
Import/Export Device Profiles
Enables the user to export a device profile from a workstation and import that profile on an alternate workstation. Because device profiles are stored locally on each workstation this is often helpful when having multiple capture stations using the same type of capture device.
Device Driver Information
Provides information on the device driver information for the selected capture device.
Open New Viewer
Opens a new viewer in the Image Viewer Pane. Multiple viewers may be opened simultaneously. Various viewers may display different pages, as well as be adjusted using the viewer tools (i.e. zoom, rotate, magnify). See Viewing Ribbon Menu for more details.
Toggle Capture Progress Viewer
Opens a Progress Viewer to display the current progress of the captured pages.
Toggle Thumbnail Viewer
Opens a Thumbnail Viewer displaying thumbnails of the capture pages.
Initial Values Entry
Allows the user to enter data into index fields that are defined as either Sticky or Auto Incrementing. The data entered here will be carried over for all corresponding Sticky fields, and as a starting point for all Auto Incrementing fields.
Brings up the Capture Settings dialog box. NOTE: All settings should be defined previously by the system administrator. However, some scan operators may wish to make adjustments to individual batch settings to suit their needs.
Image Processing Options
Brings up the Image Processing window where a user can add image processing for the documents in the current batch.
Brings up the Recognition Settings dialog box, where barcode, patch code, and blank page detection method can be configured and previewed. See Recognition in Capture Profile Configuration for more details.
Exits out from PSIcapture. NOTE: If a batch is currently open, the user will be prompted to close or suspend the batch. The PSIcapture application will then close.
Capture Panes & Toolbars
Batch Viewer Pane
Displays the current progress of the batch being captured/imported. The current workflow type and Capture Profile is shown at the top of the pane, as well as a collection of various toolbars.
Reject Batch – Rejects batch and suspends it in the Capture/Import workflow step.
Combine with Previous Folder – Combines the current folder with the folder that comes before it. This function will append all of the documents in the selected folder to the previous folder.
Rename Folder – Allows the currently selected folder to be renamed.
Delete Folder – Deletes the selected folder and all its contents from the batch.
Reject Folder – Rejects the folder and sends it to the Exceptions Batch linked to the current batch. If the current batch does not have an associated exceptions batch yet, it will be created.
Page Information - Brings up the Page Information window. For further detail see the Page Information article.
Create New Folder – Creates a new folder containing this document and all the documents that follow it in its original folder.
Combine with Previous Document – Combines the current document with the document that comes before it. This function will append all of the pages in the selected document to the previous document.
Delete Document – Deletes the selected document and all its contents from the batch.
Reject Document – Rejects the current document and sends it to the Exceptions Batch linked to the current batch. If the current batch does not have an associated exceptions batch yet, it will be created.
Save Document - Saves the current document.
Print Document - Prints the current document.
Page Information - Brings up the Page Information window. For further detail see the Page Information article.
Page Editing Toolbar
Split Document – Splits one document into two documents with the selected page being the first page in the new document. The selected page and all the pages that follow it in its original document will be added to a new document that will be created immediately after the original document.
Save Page – Allows the user to save a page from the batch to disk.
Print Page – Allows the user to print the current page.
Insert Page Before – Inserts a new page into a document before the currently selected page.
Insert Page After – Inserts a new page into a document after the currently selected page.
Replace Page – Replaces the selected page with a new page.
Crop Page – Allows an area of the current page to be cropped out. The cropped portion can replace the current page’s image, be inserted as a new page in the current document or inserted as a new document.
Redaction – Allows a selected area of the current page to be blacked out.
Delete Page – Deletes the currently selected page from the batch.
Page Information – Brings up the Page Information window. For further detail see the Page Information article.
Capture Image Pane (Viewer window)
Displays the current image being captured or the image for the currently selected page when done capturing. The Viewer toolbar located at the top of the window has the same tools as the Viewer Ribbon.
Index Field Pane
The Index Field Pane in the Capture Module is used to enter index data for the folders and documents in the current batch. It consists of a list of the Index Data Fields defined for the current Capture Profile and textboxes for entering values for those index data fields. The values in the fields pertain to the currently selected document/folder in the batch.
To navigate between Index Fields, users can hit either the tab or enter key. When on the last index field of a document, pressing tab or enter will automatically move the cursor to the first index field on the next document. Users can also jump to any document in the batch by selecting it on the batch tree.
Upper File Browser Pane (Import Only)
Only available when performing import capture. Like a standard Windows Explorer, this window allows users to browse all local and network folders. The user can also specify via a drop down menu how PSIcapture imports the contents of a folder.
Selection by Files
The user must select the files within the selected folder that they would like to import.
Selection by Directory
PSIcapture will automatically import all supported files contained within a selected folder. Contents of any subfolders will also be imported if the Include Subfolders box is checked (default). Only the files with the extension specified in the filter at the bottom of the File Browser will be imported. So, for example, if the directory contains PDFs and TIFFs and the filter specifies TIFF Images, only the TIFFs will be imported.
Check Include subfolders when using Selection by Directory. All folders below the selected folder will be scanned for images to import.
Refreshes the contents of the File Browser.
Lower File Browser Pane (Import)
Displays the contents of the current folder.
The contents of the highlighted folder can be filtered using the File Filter selection list at the bottom of the pane. When selecting files to import, this pane will be used, and can use the same hotkeys as Windows Explorer to Select, Shift-Select, and Control-Select specific files.
Creating a Batch
Once you have selected files to import, this function Initiates the creation of a new batch to capture the content. The Create Batch dialog box will open allowing for Batch settings to be set on the new batch.
Create and name a new batch. Information on Batch Fields, Batch Totals, and Batch Summary are also displayed. NOTE: If the batch naming method has been set to automatic, the current date and time will be automatically populated in the Batch Name field. See Capture Profile - General for further detail.
Two options are available for users to set batch as High Priority or Hold.
Allows users to override expected count validation and default separation profiles for the current batch.
Expected Count Validation
The three choices are No Validation, Validate Batch Totals, and Validate by Level. See Capture Profile - Validation and Exceptions for further detail.
Default Separation Profiles
Displays the default separation profiles for both document and folder separation. If multiple profiles have been defined, the user can select a different default separation profile at this time. This default profile will only be used for the new batch being created. See Capture Profile - Separation for further detail.
Allows the user to attach a note to the batch. The note will follow the batch throughout the entire workflow and can be viewed at any time.
Shows the history of the batch. NOTE: At this stage, the history is always blank, as the batch has yet to be created.
Capture Profile Summary
A brief summary of the Capture Profile configuration settings presented in a tree structure.
A record of the lookups performed. NOTE: At this stage, the log is always blank, as the batch has yet to be created.
Modify Document Type Definition
Selecting this brings up the Capture Profile Configuration dialog box. All aspects of the Capture Profile configuration (with exception to the Capture Profile name) can be edited for the current batch. All other batches new or existing are unaffected. See Capture Profile Configuration for further detail.
Print Batch Summary
Allows a Batch Summary to be printed for the current batch. At this stage the batch summary will contain little useful information, as the capture process has not yet begun.
Opens the Select Batch dialog box which will list only those batches that are in the Capture/Import workflow step. By highlighting a batch and clicking Select the selected batch will open.
A Capture Profile set as Local will show its batches on the Local tab if it was created on that computer. A Capture Profile set as part of a multi-station deployment would typically be configured as Shared, and therefore its batches would be found on the Shared tab. See Capture Profile - General for further detail.
Imports a batch from an external or third party source. NOTE: This button is available only if Batch Import is enabled as the first step of the workflow.
Brings up the “Close Batch” dialog box. Prompts the user to select one of three options.
Close Batch - Closes the current batch and the Capture module. The user stays in the Capture Module.
Close Batch and Continue in next Workflow step - Closes the current batch and sends the batch to the next workflow step. The batch is immediately reopened in the next module of the workflow.
Suspend Batch in Capture - Suspends the batch in the Capture/Import workflow step for processing at a later time. The Capture/Import Module remains open.
Image Processing Options
The Image Processing Profiles dialog box has various profiles listed. A new profile can be added, or an existing profile edited. NOTE: All settings should be defined previously by the system administrator. However, some scan operators may wish to make adjustments to the settings to suit the needs of a particular batch or page.
When Edit is selected, the Image Processing Profile dialog box is displayed. Various image processing commands can be added, removed, or reconfigured.
The user may select any of the appropriate image processing functions by adding them to the right side. It is highly recommended that the Use default ordering be checked.
The following image enhancement processes are available:
Advanced Border Removal
Automatically removes black/white borders from an image using a sophisticated object detection algorithm.
Attempts to correctly orient images that are rotated when captured.
Converts a grayscale or color image to black and white using the selected Binarize method.
Removes solid borders from images. NOTE: Do not use if using Advance Border Removal.
Modifies the brightness of a grayscale or color image.
Enables the user to discard specific color(s) from color images. This is useful when scanning scantron forms or any other form printed in a color other than black.
Adjusts the contrast by:
- Automatically using the built in algorithm
- Manually using the slide bar provided to adjust the contrast intensity.
Allows an image to be either automatically or manually cropped.
- Auto Crop - Crops an image by removing solid color borders around the edge of an image.
- Manual Crop - Allows users to set a region on an image to be cropped.
- White Margin Crop - Crops an image by removing solid color borders around the edge of an image.
Reduces small black regions within the image.
Automatically deskews an image.
This command cleans the image of small spots by using either:
- Standard (1 x 1 pixel)
- Aggressive (3 x 3 pixel)
- Custom Filter - Allows the user to manually adjust the filter size.
Flips an image either horizontally or vertically.
Hole Punch Removal
This command is used when scanning to a black background and the desired result is to have the hole punches be white or filled in.
This command is used to remove lines on an image. Users can choose from three options:
- Remove Lines
- Reconstruct Lines
- Reconstruct Forms
Processes incoming images with one of the following filters:
- Dilation: Used to smooth small dark regions tending to enhance black features in the image. (Darken)
- Erosion: Used to smooth small light regions tending to reduce black features in the image. (Lighten)
- Open: The dilation of the erosion of the image used to reduce small black regions within the image. (Deshade)
- Close: The erosion of the dilation of the image used to reduce small white regions within the image. (Light Thicken)
- Boundary Extraction (B/W only): Perform a boundary detection/extraction on a binary image. This will generate an outline of the foreground features of the input image.
- Thinning (B/W only): Reduces the geometric size of an image, leaving only a skeletonized frame in its place.
- Top Hat (Grayscale Only): Enhances low-contrast, high frequency details within an image.
- Gradient (Grayscale Only): Highlights sharp gray-level transitions (edges) in an image.
This command resizes an image to a set of user defined dimensions.
Automatically rotates an image clockwise by 90-degree increments or by a number of degrees specified by the user.
Applies the selected smoothing option(s) to the image.
Select Capture Device
- ISIS Scanning
- TWAIN Scanning
- Import (File)
- Adrenaline / VRS Scanning
Image and Scanner Interface Specification (ISIS) is an industry standard interface that PSIcapture uses. ISIS works by implementing the piping method. It runs scanners at or above it's rate of speed by linking drivers together in a pipe so that data flows from a scanner driver to compression driver, to packaging driver, to a file, viewer, or printer in a continuous stream.
TWAIN is an applications programming interface (API) and communications protocol that regulates communication between software (PSIcapture) and digital imaging devices (scanner).
This selection adds the File Browser pane to the PSIcapture interface. Users may change the selection type at the top from Selection by Files to Selection by Directory. A filter is available on the bottom of the window to modify which file types are displayed in the list.
The user is prompted to select a scanner. The population of this list reflects the hardware installed on the workstation.
Configure Device Profiles
Device Profiles Setup (Scanning)
Allows for the creation of device profiles for capture device settings. For scanners, driver settings can be configured and named for quick recall during capture operations. For the import device, folder paths can be specified for quick access to image directories. NOTE: The profile settings are independent on each Capture Profile, device, and scan station.
Creates a new scan profile.
Changes an existing scan profile, including paper size, resolution, color level, etc. These parameters are device specific.
Deletes an existing scan profile.
Duplicates an existing scan profile and prompts the user to name the new profile.
Allows the user to rename an existing scan profile.
Designates the default scan profile the capture module loads when opened.
Exits the Device Profile Setup dialog box.
Device Profiles Setup (Import)
Creates a new import profile. Sets a default local folder, mapped drive, or network folder where images to be captured are located. NOTE: Selecting a network folder by using the Browse button\Network\Computer\share will place the UNC path in the Default Import Directory field. It is Strongly suggested that users use UNC paths when running in a Capture Server/ Network Station environment.
Changes an existing import profile.
Deletes an existing import profile.
Duplicates an existing import profile and prompts the user to name the new profile.
Allows the user to rename an existing import profile.
Designates the default import profile the capture module loads when opened.
Exits the Device Profile Setup dialog box.
PSIcapture Capture/Import Quick Start Guide
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