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Replacement for PhotoDocs?

asked on June 7

Hi all,

Now that PhotoDocs is no longer available in LF vers11+, I am wondering what software people have found to replace that functionality? I have a workflow where I will scan in auto-detect colour, since I have end users who at one time thought orange, red, pink, and blue were lovely colours to print on... If I use the scanner in greyscale or B&W, those pages turn black. My work around was to scan in auto-detect colour, and then run PhotoDocs to convert the colour pages to greyscale. Worked great and gave me very readable content, with a much reduced file size.

So I am hoping that perhaps some of you had a similar workflow to address paper items printed on coloured paper. If so, what program or programs have you replaced PhotoDocs with?

Thanks!

Sue

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replied on June 7

I'm curious about this as well. The loss of PhotoDocs puts me in a bit of a tough spot because although I didn't use it often, it did solve certain problems that can't be addressed any other way.

For example, we sometimes get documents that are far too large because they were scanned in all color and PhotoDocs was the only way to effectively address the issue.

The reason PhotoDocs was so important is that we could choose which pages to convert to monochrome or grayscale case-by-case, and select multiple pages at a time, and that's critical because these documents can have over 1,000 pages and some things have to remain in color.

We can't convert entire documents to monochrome or grayscale so we don't really have any viable alternatives with the existing modules.

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replied on June 7

Despite all the business acumen, some of us are still using Laserfiche to maintain a document repository with the need to produce readable digital documents from scans. PhotoDocs was an invaluable tool in producing such material, and enhancing the scans of often not so good original copies. It even had a straightening function that did not dictate the percent of movement. There is always that one piece of paper that will not feed properly, or the one copy that itself was crooked. I find it odd that they removed a tool but did not produce something to replace that functionality.

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replied on June 7

Hi Sue,

I definitely agree that PhotoDocs is a tough thing to lose, but I must admit that some things are always better handled at the image source.

Realistically, higher quality scanners and scanning software can do a lot more than PhotoDocs to improve image quality, especially since they are working with the raw image data rather than an already-rendered image file.

As an example, we use Fujitsu scanners which do a really great job of keeping pages straight when they are well-maintained, and their software has some exceptional tools for auto-color detection, image cleanup, and other things that makes PhotoDocs fairly unnecessary for scanned images.

To present an analogy, cleanup/enhancement at the scan source is like choosing options on a new build home whereas PhotoDocs is like a remodel/renovation; it can get the job done, but it will never be as efficient or yield the same quality results as if it had been handled from the start.

That being said, I still think PhotoDocs was an invaluable tool because not all documents are coming from a scanner and without PhotoDocs we don't have an out-of-the-box option for cleaning up the documents imported from other sources; this is becoming a bigger concern as more of our content is coming in via electronic submission rather than on paper.

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replied on June 7

We have a number of clients who now will not upgrade clients to Laserfiche 11 because of this loss. Hope they maintain this backwards compatible link for some time.

I am just hoping Snapshot will not be next as they do not seem to want to implement it into Cloud or Web after all these users.

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