This chapter describes basic iDocs concepts you should know before scanning, importing or designing a new form. It includes the following sections:
Form Assistant is a dialog box that appears when launching iDocs. If you are new to iDocs, you might prefer to use the Form Assistant, which makes decision-making easy when processing a form. Later, you might choose to use the commands in the design toolbar or menu. See “iDocs Procedures,” for more information about using the commands.
This section contains the following topics:
There are several ways to open Form Assistant.
The Form Assistant dialog box contains six options for basic iDocs procedures as described in the next section. You can also select or deselect the option Show on StartUp, which determines whether the Form Assistant dialog box appears on startup.
This section gives a brief description of each option in Form Assistant. Through a series of dialog boxes, Form Assistant easily steps you through the process of converting your form into an electronic form.
Scan a Form or Image File
Select Scan a form or image file to scan a paper form or import an image file and to determine how you will work with the form in iDocs.
Fill in a Form
Select Fill in a form to fill the currently open form or to open a form and fill it. See “Filling a Form,” for more information.
Print a Form
Select Print a form to print the currently open form or to open a form and print it.
Search a Form for Information
Select Search a form for information to search the currently open form for information or to open a form and search it.
Work on a Form’s Design
Select Work on a form’s design to redesign the currently open form or to open a form in design view. See “Designing a Form,” for more information.
Create a New, Blank Form
Select Create a new, blank form to open a blank page in design view.
Form Usage Options
Form usage affects the way you can use a form once it is in iDocs. This section contains the following topics:
Decide how you will use a form in iDocs before you scan or import it: as a designed form, as an original form, or as a nondesigned form image as described below.
The following table provides the three usage options — designed, original, and nondesigned form — and recommendations for your choice.
| Choose Designed|
Form when you want:
| Choose Original|
Form when you want:
| Choose Nondesigned
Form when you want:
| full control over a|
| partial control over a|
| to input a form of such poor quality that
it would cause recognition problems
|to edit all form elements in design view||to maintain a form’s origi¬nal look||to draw new fillable objects on the form in design view|
|to create new objects in design view||to create new fillable objects on the form in design view||print or mail the form only|
|to fill fields in fill view||to fill fields in fill view|
Different form usage options are available depending on whether you open Form Assistant or choose Scan Form… in the File menu.
You can choose to scan in or import either a designed form or an original form in Form Assistant.
This dialog box is one of several in Form Assistant and appears during the scanning or import process. See “Form Assistant Options” for more information.
Scan Form Dialog Box
You can choose to scan in or import either a designed form or a non-designed form in the Scan Form dialog box after choosing Scan Form… in the File menu.
Choose Form Usage… in the View menu to change the way you can use a form. For example:
To change form usage:
Your form changes to reflect the selected option.
You can change the form usage from a non-designed form to a designed form. However, the form will be blank except for any fillable objects you may have added.
iDocs supports different language and cultural conventions. You can choose from 45 different locales in the International tab in the Options dialog box. A locale — as defined for iDocs usage — is a combination of a language and a region. The language you select for a particular region affects how your form displays currency, numbers, and dates.
The Language drop-down list displays the language being used for the currently open form. If you have the International English, French, or German versions of iDocs or if you have multiple dictionaries, a dictionary in this language will also be used during a spell check.
The Language drop-down list displays the default language that will be used for the next form you open, scan, or import.
The language selected for a new form will also become the Current Form selection when that form opens in iDocs.
Selections made in the International tab do not affect selections made in the Regional Settings control panel.
Only the List Separator option in these control panels affects how data is displayed in iDocs.
Below the Language selection, iDocs displays readouts: the international symbol for the selected language (which appears in the status bar); and currency, number, and date conventions specific to that language The readouts show:
If you select German (Austrian) as the Current Form language, the numbers 123456 entered in an appropriately defined currency field would display as öS 1.234,56.
If you select German (Liechtenstein) as the Current Form language, the numbers would display as CHF 1’234.56. Date
If you select English (United States) as the Current Form language, the date 2/ 5/96 entered in an appropriately defined date field would display as February 5, 1996.
If you select German (Standard) as the Current Form language, the date would display as 2. Mai 1996.
Select the Use euro currency symbol to format currency fields with the euro currency symbol. You can use this feature if your system supports the euro currency symbol, that is, it can be entered via the keyboard, displayed on your screen, and printed.
The New Form language selection appears in the Options dialog box, which is selected from the Scan Form dialog box.
The Current Form language selection affects available formatting options for fillable objects defined as Number, Date, or Currency in the Object Definition dialog box. For example, the long-date format for English (United States) is MMMM dd, yyyy. The long-date format for German (Standard) is d.MMMM yyyy.
How it Works
You can select Allow Multiple Languages in the Scan Form dialog box (by first clicking Options… in this dialog box and then selecting the Recognition tab) for multiple-language forms. iDocs then recognizes all characters in all languages that it supports. The setting does not affect the language(s) selected for your form in the Options dialog box and vice versa.
When you select Allow Multiple Languages, iDocs turns off dictionaries during optical character recognition (OCR) so that all recognizable characters are allowed. If dictionaries were on, special characters such as umlauts might be discarded or questionable words in one language could be mistaken for words in another language.
Do not select Allow Multiple Languages for a single-language form. OCR may not be as efficient with dictionaries turned off.
Selecting the New Forms Language
Determine which language composes the majority of your form and select that as the New Forms language before scanning. To do so, click Options… in the Scan Form dialog box.