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Enhancement Request: Laserfiche Forms & Incoming Documents to Laserfiche

asked on October 9, 2014 Show version history

We would like to request the following functionality be added to Laserfiche moving forward. When submitting a document within Laserfiche Forms, it will only come into Laserfiche client as the native document type. We would like to see the ability to have PDF submitted documents be converted to TIFF documents and ocr'd as the are imported into Laserfiche. 

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replied on October 9, 2014

I'm assuming you are referring to uploaded attachments to a form as far as the coverting to TIFFs, correct?

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replied on October 9, 2014

I'm pretty sure that's what the request is. If we just had access to "generate pages" through workflow or through the distributed processing we'd be all set. 

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replied on October 9, 2014

Yes. We have individuals that will be submitting the documents as PDF to a forms page, but the organization would like the ability to have to utilizing the TIFF document format. This provides additional functionality for processing and marking up the document.  

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replied on October 9, 2014

It would also be important to have the documents ocr'd during the process of converting the documents from PDF to TIFF. 

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replied on October 9, 2014

I would imagine that the OCR option would have to depend on the distributed processing utility. I like the idea of being able to have documents converted though.

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replied on January 16, 2015

Blake, you are correct. The ability to have a PDF imported as a TIFF will provide end-users more flexibility when working with the document. There is times when a PDF is needed, but if we can bring it in as a TIFF, it will save time. 

We implemented the workaround the Chris Hagen suggested, but would like to see this added in a future release of the software. 

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replied on October 10, 2014

I was thinking about this yesterday and I realized there is a way to do this now, even if it is a little convoluted.

 

You need to have Forms, Import Agent 9 and Distributed Processing installed.

 

Import your PDF via a Laserfiche Form. If the file ends in .PDF or .Tif, use workflow to export it to a directory that import agent monitors.

 

Import Agent 9 has a new ability to “Generate Pages” when importing PDF’s but for some reason it doesn’t actually let you OCR the generated pages. This is where Distributed Processing kicks in, with workflow kicking off a DC process that now has a completely OCR’d document.

 

It’s a roundabout way to do this but it should work. 

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replied on November 6, 2014

Similar to Chris Hagen's suggestion, you could use Workflow to export the PDF to the file system. Then Quickfields Agent could monitor the file system and convert the PDF to TIF and OCR the document back into the repository. This assumes you have Quickfields Agent.

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replied on November 30, 2016

I would like to second the request to have the ability to seamlessly have attachments in forms generate pages when imported into Laserfiche.

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replied on July 14

Has this ever been implemented?

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