• Client: various
  • Date: 2014-10-01
  • Skill: VB; PaperVision Capture; PaperFlow.Net

We’ve been hard at work on various projects across the globe, and our development team have put together a piece of code that I think will prove as popular as some of our other projects, especially in end-user environments and busy services bureaus.

If you remember the original PaperFlow, then you remember how easy it was to use. PaperVision Capture and PaperFlow.Net revolutionized the capture environments, but by necessity they added some layers of complexity that, to this day, can sometimes be a bit difficult for the average user.

One area that proved frustrating for some of our clients was the ASCII import environment. Sure, the code is provided by the manufacturer, and it’s not terribly hard to use, but the average bureau user, and the average end-user, don’t like going in to modify C# or VB code every time there is a minor change. Especially in the bureau environment, having to get the network guy or the PVC guru involved every time can be time-consuming and an unwelcome distraction.

Enter the new Scanfree ASCII Import GUI for PaperVision Capture and PaperFlow.Net. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here you go:

ASCII Import Gui - Main Screen

Brings all the potential settings for an ASCII import to a graphical interface that is easy to use.

The goal here is to take all the settings that are generally set up within the code itself and let the user change and edit these settings on the fly, without ever having to leave the job that is open on their Operator Console (or in PaperFlow.Net user screens).

The code detects which index fields are available on the active project/job, and presents the user with the appropriate options, including a detaield mapping field that recalls the simplicity of the original PaperFlow:

ASCII Import GUI - Field Mapping

Easily map fields in the active job to incoming columns.

As an improvement to the original ASCII import, the Scanfree ASCII Import GUI analyzes the incoming ASCII file to warn the user of any potential problems they may encounter with the import data – essentially “pre-processing” the data before performing the actual import.

And the import process itself has a handy progress bar to let users know where they are in the process.

To learn more about the ASCII Import GUI and to use it in your facility, contact Scanfree today.