FileConverterPro (FCpro) – Installation requirements from version 1.0.86

With the FCpro installation starting from the version 1.0.86 certain installation requirements are checked – if they are fulfilled then these installation steps are skipped by the setup and not executed.

The following components are checked and, if necessary, downloaded and installed via the internet:

If these components are already installed, they will not be reloaded and only FCpro will be installed. If an installation without internet connection is to be made, the setups of the components should be downloaded in advance and installed in this order.

The FCpro settings and the license are retained during the uninstall / update to the new version. If a user account was used for the Windows service, it must be reconfigured after updating to a new version – User / Password / Domain will not be retained.

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FileConverterPro 1.0.86 – iOCR innovations

Innovations – FCpro version 1.0.86:

  • FCpro’s iOCR Standard OCR component is now based on the new Tesseract OCR version 4.0. This makes it now possible to recognize documents with multiple languages. Multiple languages should only be activated if required, as each additionally activated language increases processing time accordingly.
  • Option to select OCR accuracy/speed – There are 3 different recognition profiles available for OCR detection – “Speed / Standard / Accuracy”. By default, the “Speed” profile is preset, which in this selection corresponds to the OCR recognition accuracy of that of the previous version. “Standard” and “Accuracy” bring improvements in OCR recognition quality to the previous versions, but take longer to process than the “Speed” profile. However, different settings can be preconfigured and easily and quickly switched using the FCpro processing profiles.

  • The new version of iOCR will be installed as “vsOCR4” in version 1.1.4 via the FCpro setup. This results in a new FCpro installation requirement. iOCR now also requires the “MS Visual C ++ 2015” instead of the “MS Visual C ++ 2005” runtime. The presence is automatically checked during installation and installed if necessary.

  • Configurable parameter for splitting OCR documents with multiple pages: During OCR processing, the iOCR component loads the document to be processed completely in the main memory. In this case, e.g. a 500 pages Black&White, 300dpi document needs about 1.2GB of main memory. However, FCpro can also run several processes in parallel, which can quickly run out of resources depending on the configuration and size of the documents being processed. In order to be able to better control the required resources and their distribution to several parallel processes, it is possible to specify via a parameter from which number of pages for OCR processing a document automatically splits, processes the sub-documents seperately and finally reassembles it into a complete document.

FCpro determines a default value based on the available resources using the following formula:
Number of pages for OCR Split = Number of Cores/CPU * 5 + (GByte RAM/2)*5
This results in e.g. with 2 cores/CPU and 4GB RAM = 2*5 + 2*5 = 20 as default value, which can be changed individually.

  • Advanced options for conditional OCR processing: The OCR conditions can now be set individually for each file extension. In addition, the file size (in kB) and the color depth (Black&White, grayscale, color) can be used as criteria. For multi-page file formats (PDF, TIFF) the criteria are checked based on the parameters of the first page.

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FileConverterPro 1.0.84 – Conditions for OCR processing

OCR processing is a compute-intensive and time-consuming process. Previously OCR processing could be controlled by profiles – used or not used – but if OCR processing was enabled, all image formats supported by the OCR engine (JPEG, PNG, BMP, TIFF) were generally OCR processed.

With the FCpro version 1.0.84 there is now the possibility to specify criteria for the OCR processing in order to subject only certain criteria defined image files to an OCR recognition. If the criteria are fulfilled then no OCR processing takes place and the files are converted directly into an image PDF. For multi-page documents, the criteria are checked on the first page. Planned are additional criteria for the file size (in kB), the color depth (black and white, grayscale, color), as well as the option to set the criteria per file format individually.

Conditions:

  • File format – TIFF, JPEG, PNG, BMP, PDF – OCR – yes / no
  • Number of pages – smaller / equal / larger
  • Page format – width / height in mm or pixels – smaller / equal / larger
  • Resolution – dpi – less / equal / greater

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FCpro Explorer Extension (EE) – convert documents to PDF(/A) via context menu in MS-Windows Explorer / create complete file / insert as email attachment

The FileConverterPro (FCpro) provides a central service for converting many document formats into PDF or PDF/A via its web service interface. The FCpro Explorer Extension (FCpro EE) is a free Windows client application available for the FCpro converter. The FCpro EE integrates MS-Windows clients, via the context menu in Windows Explorer, with the FCpro PDF conversion service and enables easy and direct PDF(/A) conversion for a variety of documents and container formats.

Functions FCpro Explorer Extension (FCpro EE):

  • Free MS-Windows client application available for the FCpro.
  • PDF or PDF/A – conversion is provided via the file context menu in Windows Explorer.
  • Documents can be converted individually or merged into a PDF total file.
  • Pre-editable bookmarks are added to the individual files in the overall PDF file.
  • The order of the individual files in the PDF total file can be set/changed interactively.
  • The PDF’s can either be stored in a specified output folder or in the same folder as the source file.
  • As an alternative to filing in the file system, the PDF’s can also be inserted directly as an attachment in a new email message.
  • Settings can be managed via profiles.
  • Logging the actions

 

                  

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FileConverterPro – PDF(/A) conversion via REST Web-Service

To convert a file via the FileConverterPro via the REST web service interface, the following functions have to be executed:

FileConverterPro 1.0.73 – converts HEIC / HEIF – High Efficiency Image File Format – to PDF and PDF/A

Apple has implemented the new HEIC – High Efficiency Image Compression – Image data format instead of JPEG with iOS version 11. The photo format is called HEIF and stands for High Efficiency Image Format. Apple wants to enforce this format as an alternative to JPEG the outdated quasi standard.

The HEIF format was developed by the Motion Picture Experts Group (MPEG) and licensed under the protection of patents. MPEG has already developed and standardized several other audio and video compression techniques in the past. Well-known examples are MPEG-2, MP3, H.264 and HEVC (H.265).

HEIF is supported since September 2017 by Apple from iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, but not all Apple devices – currently this is the iPhone 7 & 7 Plus, iPhone 8 & 8 Plus, and the new iPhone X. Google has in March 2018 Announced HEIF Support for Android P Microsoft also supports this new file format with Windows 10 Build 17123. For older versions of Windows there is no direct support from Microsoft. However, there is the possibility to install the additional application CopyTrans HEIC for Windows in order to also be able to display and convert HEIC / HEIF files on older Windows versions.

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With the FileConverterPro version 1.0.73 it is now also possible to process HEIC image files and convert them to PDF or PDF / A. HEIC files can be processed individually or via container formats (EML, MSG, ZIP ….).

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FileConverterPro 1.0.69 – Convert CSV files

CSV (Comma Separated Values) files can also be converted to PDF or PDF/A using FileConverterPro. Either as individual files or as email attachments or files in container files (ZIP, 7ZIP ….).

Configuration:

  • The CSV extension must be defined as “alias” for the XLS extension.

  • The conversion can be done either “directly” or via “MS Office” / “MS Excel”. It should be noted that in the direct conversion for the CSV file a “,” (comma) or in the “MS Office / MS Excel” a “;” (Semicolon) must be used as a separator. If a different delimiter is used then the CSV file is not processed like an XLS but like a normal text file and no columns are generated. However, this only applies to MS Office / operating system in German. If MS-Office and the operating system are used in English then “,” and not “;” as CSV separator.

 

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