How to Configure Document Separation

ABBYY FineReader Server 14 allows you to split batches of images scanned by a high-speed scanner into documents. Each document will be saved to a separate output file. You can set the separation options on the 3. Document Separation tab of Workflow Properties dialog box. Document processing and separation is done within a job.

By default, one document is created for each job. To split image batches into documents, do the following:

  1. Create a new workflow or modify an existing one (see Creating a New Workflow). Open the 3. Document Separation tab of the Workflow Properties dialog box.
  2. On this tab, select one of the following document separation methods:
    • Create one document for each job
      All files of the job will be merged into one document.
    • Create one document for each file in job
      Each image file is converted into a separate output file.
    • Start a new document after every N page(s)
      Use this option if all the documents in the batch have the same number of pages.
    • Start a new document from blank page
      A new file will be created at each blank page found in the document flow. To delete blank pages after separation, select Delete blank pages.
    • Start a new document from page with barcode
      A new file will be created at each page with a barcode of the specified type. Select a barcode type and specify whether barcode pages are to be deleted after separation. See hints on working with barcodes below.
      Note. Code 32 barcodes are a subtype of Code 39 barcodes, and are also less common, hence they will be recognized as Code 39 barcodes during document separation. For a Code 32 barcode to be recognized correctly, it needs to be explicitly selected it in the drop-down list.
      Note. There is a sample of a separation sheet with a barcode in the file SeparatorSheet-Code39.pdf of the Samples folder (Start > Programs > ABBYY FineReader Server 14 > Samples), which contains barcode of Code 39 type with barcode value 012345.
  3. In addition to built-in document separation methods, you can implement your own, more flexible, separation scenario with the help of a script. To do this, click Script... and, in the Script Editor dialog box, enter the script text. For more information, see Creating a Script for Document Separation.

Hints on working with barcodes

Barcode recognition quality depends on their print quality and the settings used during the document scanning process. In order for the barcodes to be recognized well and for the separation method to work correctly, use the following recommendations:

  • Barcodes should be placed at right angles to page borders.
  • It is better not to print barcodes in a frame.
  • It is better not to print barcodes over a text or a picture.
  • The optimal barcode height is more than 10 millimeters. The size of barcode should be less then the size of an A4 page.
  • Grayscale scanning mode is the best for OCR purposes. When scanning in black-and-white, adjust the brightness setting. If the barcode is "torn" or very light, lower the brightness to make the image darker. If the barcode is distorted, or its parts are glued together, increase the brightness to make the image brighter.
See also

Document Separation tab of Workflow Properties Dialog Box

Creating a Script for Document Separation

29.08.2023 11:55:30

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