The company was founded in 1991
and sold our first DOS based imaging system that year for
$15,000. It consisted of a 286 PC with 16Mb of RAM and a 210Mb
hard drive. Images were stored on 540Mb optical disks and
capture was with a 5 page per minute Panasonic scanner.
Please take a look at the site
and let us know what you think. Your feedback is essential! It is our
intention to educate and plant seeds for the future. If you come
back to this site in the future we hope to impress you by
updating it on a regular basis and provide additional insight
into ECM, IDM, ASP, SaaS, and all of the other alphabet soup of
this wonderful industry.
ACE scanner settings
Adaptive Contrast Enhancement settings are available on Bell+Howell
scanners with ACE boards. They provide automatic image enhancement,
increasing success rates for bar code recognition and OCR applications.
The zone on an image available for processing. When a zone
is active, its border has sizing handles.
The Automatic Document Feeder on a scanner. The feeder holds
several pages and automatically loads one page after another
into the scanner, like a copier. Sometimes called an autofeeder.
For scan operations, a text annotation is a string of characters
permanently added to an image before the image is compressed
and written to disk. Annotations are typically used with scanners
that support endorsers so the scanned image matches the endorsed
hard copy document.
For print operations, an annotation can be any text or graphic
printed on the printed output (printed page or output file).
Ascent Capture Internet Server (ACI Server) module
Module that adds remote scanning and processing capabilities
to Ascent Capture.
Ascent Capture network server
The Ascent Capture server installation when Ascent Capture
is installed in a client/server configuration at your central
site. Contrast with Ascent Capture station.
Ascent Capture station
Workstation on which Ascent Capture is installed at the central
site. If Ascent Capture is installed in a client/server configuration,
this term refers to the client station.
The size relationship between the width and height of an image.
When images are resized, distortion will occur if the aspect
ratio is not maintained.
Adaptive Threshold Processor settings are available on Kodak
scanners with ATP boards. They provide automatic image enhancement,
which produces cleaner, sharper images. This can increase success
rates for bar code recognition and OCR applications, and decrease
compressed file sizes.
The scanner's ability to detect when the end of the page being
scanned is reached and end the page. If there is another page
to scan, scanning continues on the next page.
A scanner's ability to sense the difference between text and
photos and adjust itself accordingly. When enabled, this feature
allows the scanner to switch between line mode and half tone
scanning in one pass. Also called automatic separation.
What is rubber banding?
A set of operations initiated by placing and dragging the mouse
pointer on a displayed image. For example, you can zoom an image
by placing the mouse pointer on the image, pressing and holding
the mouse button, dragging a box around the area of the image
to be zoomed, and releasing the mouse button. Other banding
operations include panning and zoning. Also called rubber banding.
A method of portraying information in a linear sequence of
machine-readable elements. The elements are made up of rectangular
black bars and the white space between the bars. Predetermined
groupings of the elements form characters as defined for specific
bar code types. Bar code types include Code 39, Interleaved
2 of 5, UPC, and others. In document imaging, bar codes are
typically used to encode index data and/or separate documents.
Business process management (BPM) is no longer a static activity
for sending workflows down a process pipeline. It evolves as
your processes are continually tuned to meet the changing
In a bar code, the thickness of a bar.
A group of one or more documents to be processed in a single
scan operation. Typically, the documents are of the same type
(for example, invoices or tax forms).
Black and white, with no shades of gray or color.
Its a license that allows a single connection to a dedicated database by any one of a group of authorized users. An
example of this would be a company that is licensed with fifteen
concurrent clients may actually have seventy-five potential users but at any given time can only have
fifteen of them connected concurrently or simultaneously.
With Kodak scanners, the process of scanning a special calibration
sheet (supplied by Kodak) to set the intensity of the lamps
in the scanner. Calibrating the scanner contributes to the overall
quality of the scanned image.
Properties that identify valid values for a feature. They are
usually Booleans or bitfields and are always paired with corresponding
setting properties. In this way, the capability property can
be checked before a setting is specified to ensure the setting
Site at which your central Ascent Capture installation is located.
The process of rebuilding text characters after a line removal
operation. This helps to maintain the integrity of the image
for readability and OCR recognition.
An additional character added to a bar code providing a mathematical
method for determining the integrity of the bar code. Not all
bar code types support a checksum. Of the bar code types that
do, some support an optional checksum while others support a
A software or hardware process that shrinks images so they
occupy less storage space and can be transmitted faster. Compression
is generally accomplished by removing the bits that define blank
spaces and other redundant data, and replacing them with a smaller
symbolic code that represents the removed or redundant bits.
The algorithm used to compress an image. Kofax supports a wide
variety of compression formats such as CCITT Group 4, PackBits,
PCX, and others.
The range between the lightest and darkest shades in an image.
A high-contrast image has less gray shades between black and
white; a low contrast-image has more gray shades. Contrast determines
how many gray shades are scanned and density determines the
intensity of those shades. Contrast is sometimes called sensitivity.
The balance of light and dark shades in a scanned image. A
high density setting produces a light image; a low density setting
produces a dark image. Contrast determines how many gray shades
are scanned and density determines the intensity of those shades.
Density is sometimes called brightness or intensity.
The process of removing unwanted shaded areas from an image.
The process of straightening a crooked image. See skew.
The process of removing unwanted groups of black pixels from
An electronic document is a collection of one or more digital
document imaging system
A combination of hardware and software that is used to convert
paper documents into digital images. Additional processing can
then be performed on the images.
A piece of paper or form that is used as a divider between
documents within a batch. Normally, the separator contains a
bar code or patch code that, when detected by the scanner, indicates
the beginning of a new document.
Process by which published batch classes and settings are transferred
from the central site to a remote station.
Dots Per Inch. See resolution.
Dynamic Threshold Circuit settings are available on Fujitsu
scanners with IPC boards. They provide automatic image enhancement
such as noise removal and smoothing which can increase the success
rates for bar code recognition and OCR applications.
The process of scanning/printing both sides of a page at the
same time. It requires a scanner or printer that supports this
feature. Sometimes called duplex or double-sided scanning/printing.
See dual-sided operation.
A set of display options that allow scaling factors to be determined
by the size of the display window. For example, an image can
be displayed so that the entire width of the image fits the
width of the display. Or, it can be displayed so that the entire
height fits the height of the display.
What is ECM?
Enterprise Content Management
(ECM) is the technologies used to capture, manage, store,
preserve, and deliver content and documents related to
organizational processes. ECM tools and strategies allow the
management of an organization's unstructured information,
wherever that information exists
In a bar code, rectangular black bars or the space between
An ink-jet or dot-matrix attachment on a scanner that prints
a text string on a page as it is scanned. Sometimes called an
A text string mechanically printed on a page as it is scanned.
Run-time software that enables the functionality integrated
into an application through the use of a toolkit.
An option that allows images to be resized to a precise scale
A mechanical lever on some scanners used to control the operation
of the scanner. For example, some foot pedals allow the operator
to start and stop the scan operation by pressing it with their
An image made up of shades of gray.
Intelligent Character Recognition. The ability of software
to recognize and translate handwritten characters into machine-readable
See Microsoft Internet Information Server
IIS Web server
This is the workstation on which the ACI Server is installed.
The station must be configured as an IIS Web server. The IIS
Web server must have a virtual directory that points to the
Ascent Capture installation on the same LAN.
The digitized representation of a picture, graphic, or document.
The process of loading existing electronic image files into
the system or application.
IP scanner settings
Image Processing settings are available on Ricoh scanners with
IP boards. They provide automatic image enhancement, increasing
success rates for bar code recognition and OCR applications.
IPC scanner settings
Image Processing Circuit settings are available on Fujitsu
scanners with IPC boards. They provide automatic image enhancement
such as automatic discrimination and edge enhancement, increasing
the success rates for bar code recognition and OCR applications.
The position of one side or the other in a printer's output
tray for the printed copies. Jog positions are typically used
for collating operations, and are not available on all printers.
What is a client license? It is
a license that allows an authorized user to attach to an aXs
Docs database. There are two types of licenses, Full Concurrent
client and the Read-Only Concurrent client license. The
difference between the two is that the Read-Only is for
retrieval, view, print, and integrate where as the Full
Concurrent client license includes the above as well as
scanning, OCR, and the Virtual Print Driver.
See: Virtual Print Driver
Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS)
A network file and application server for the Microsoft Windows
NT Server network operating system. It is the base component
for building an Internet or Intranet server solution on Windows
NT Server. Refer to your Microsoft documentation for details.
Extraneous speckles on an image. See speckle.
Optical Character Recognition. The ability of software to recognize
and translate machine printed alphanumeric characters into machine-readable
The relative direction of a page, either horizontal (called
landscape) or vertical (called portrait).
The process of adding white space from the end of the scanned
image to the length of the selected paper size. This can only
occur when using the ADF to feed pages into the scanner, and
only with scanners that support this feature.
The front panel on a scanner from which settings can be controlled.
The ability to move a zoomed image within the display window
with the mouse. See banding.
A pattern of horizontal black bars separated by spaces. Typically,
a patch code is placed near the top center of a paper document
to be scanned and used as a document separator.
patch code trigger
A patch code that when detected causes the application to perform
a predefined action.
A rectangular area of an image to be scanned or processed from
Page orientation where the page length exceeds the page width.
In a bar code, an unmarked area preceding the leading bar and
following the last bar.
How do I attach a
scanner? You install the desired scanner on a
workstation that will be used to access aXs Docs. Follow the
instructions that came with the scanner to physically attach it
and load the appropriate drivers and utilities. The ability to emphasize horizontal and/or vertical pixels
when scaling an image for display or print.
scale to gray
A process that makes a scanned image more readable on a computer
display. When a scaled image is displayed on a low resolution
monitor (for example, VGA), some of the image data is lost causing
slanted lines and text characters to appear jagged. The scale
to gray feature causes blocks of pixels around the edges of
lines and letters to be replaced with a representative pixel
of a gray shade, thus improving the appearance of jagged lines
A rectangular area of a certain height and width made up of
a regular pattern of evenly-spaced black speckles on an image.
The process of scanning or printing a single side of a page
at a time. Sometimes called single-sided operation.
The result of feeding a document into the scanner at an angle,
producing an image that is not square with the page.
A string name associated with a source device. See source device.
A combination of an engine specification, source type (such
as scanner or disk), scanner make/model specification (for scanner
sources), and engine-specific information (such as ISIS drivers
for software scanners). Source devices are configured with the
Kofax Source Manager (KSM).
A group of black pixels of a defined height and width surrounded
by white pixels (or white pixels surrounded by black pixels).
A software module that manages the tasks of storing and writing
images to/from a storage device (such as an optical drive or
a hard disk). Typically implemented as a DLL.
The process of removing unwanted streaks from an image.
Process by which batch classes and other settings at the central
site are downloaded to remote stations. If completed batches
exist at the remote station, the batches are uploaded to the
Process by which completed batches are transferred from the
remote site to the central site.
Virtual Print Driver
is a Print Driver? It is a driver loaded on the users
computer that shows up in the printer list when a user wishes to
print a document or file. The difference between it and a physical
printer is that it is a Virtual Driver and that it allows the user
to virtually print the document into the aXs Docs solution for
regulatory purposes or archiving. An example would be if you
received an e-mail with an attachment, you could easily Virtually
Print them both directly into aXs Docs without having to print and
scan a paper document. The files are converted into either TIF or
PDF files on the fly and stored based on Department, Document
Template, and the indexes you enter.
Workflow is a set of tools that
allows a user to design an automated process within a software,
aXs Info, Hyland, or AnyDoc, to
replace a manual business task. It includes timers, controllers,
e-forms and more for point and click creation of multiple flows.
Documents, files, and forms can be routed throughout your
organization electronically in a fraction of the time of routed
paper. The real benefit is that multiple people can work in the
flow simultaneously creating better efficiencies and
Your needs for information and
imagine management are unique. While not all solutions can be
configured to meet those needs we feel that, with our product
offering, we can customize a solution to meet in excess of 95% of
the business's need out there. So if you want to give us a call or
contact use at
email@example.com we would be delighted to discuss your
needs over the phone or in person.
A rectangular area on a displayed image to be recognized, captured,
or highlighted in some way. See banding.
The ability to increase scale factors of an image within a
window with the mouse. See banding.