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18.18. Life Cycle of a Tif Document in Symphony OCR

By default, Symphony OCR does not process .tif files.  The reason this is not enabled by default is that because it is not possible to add an invisible layer of text to a .tif file, Symphony OCR actually converts the tif files to pdf.   This provides firms with the option to enable if they choose to do so.

Here's the life cycle of a .tif file in Symphony OCR:

Finder Tool

The "Finder" tool in Symphony OCR is responsible for finding .tif, files in the document repository (amongst other file types).    It will search for .tif files regardless of whether or not the firm has chosen to process .tif files.  Once the Finder has found the documents, it passes them to the Analyzer Tool.

Analyzer Tool

The "Analyzer" tool in Symphony OCR is responsible for analyzing documents to determine if they're eligible candidates for OCR.  The Analyzer will determine if the .tif file can be OCR'ed regardless of whether or not the firm has chosen to process .tif files.  If the .tif file is eligible for processing, it will place the .tif file in the "Processing" queue.

Processor Tool

When .tif processing is *not* enabled

When the Processor determines that the file is a .tif file, it will immediately place the .tif file in the Not Processed \ Wrong Type list.

When .tif processing is enabled

The Processor will process the .tif file by converting the .tif file to a .pdf file.  Why?  The .tif format does not allow the invisible layer of text to be added.  Therefore, it must be converted to a .pdf file when processed. 

Analysis Only

If you wish to simply determine how many .tif documents are eligible for OCR in a particular document repository you can simply *not* enable .tif processing.  Then check the "Wrong Type" list's Timeline to determine the number of documents / pages that could be processed.

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