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OCR Find and Replace Feature

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000033697D
Publication Date: 2004-Dec-23
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

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Abstract

This disclosure allows the user to edit/change a hard copy document by defining a word or text string that the system would search for and replace (using OCR technology) during the scanning and/or processing of originals. This results in output that reflects the programmed edits. By offering the user access to this technology at copy programming time, their workflow is made simpler and faster. Rather than following a convoluted scan and save, OCR, edit at workstation, and submit for print workflow, this concept adds a simple find & replace feature to the familiar Copy workflow.

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OCR Find & Replace Feature

Today, in order to edit an existing hard copy document, a user is required to scan their document, use OCR technology to convert the document to an editable format (e.g. ASCII), edit the resulting file at a workstation with word processing software, and submit the file to print. 

This disclosure allows the user to edit/change a hard copy document by defining a word or text string that the system would search for and replace (using OCR technology) during the scanning and/or processing of originals.  This results in output that reflects the programmed edits.  By offering the user access to this technology at copy programming time, their workflow is made simpler and faster.  Rather than following a convoluted scan and save, OCR, edit at workstation, and submit for print workflow, this concept adds a simple find & replace feature to the familiar Copy workflow.  This results in an integrated solution to the described problem. 

OCR-based Find & Replace copy feature process flow:

(1) The user defines rules and actions for the system to take when the rules are encountered (e. g.  Whenever the word VHS is encountered, replace it with DVD). 

(2) The scanning process is initiated and the document is searched for content that satisfies the defined rules. 

(3) The system applies the defined actions according to the specified rules. 

By specifying a certain text string or word, the user could program the system to perform scan and replace, insert page breaks, or add a specified number of pages on the fly.  Detected text strings could have their attributes altered just as any text string can be edited in a word processor.  The string’s font, color and size could be altered, as well as other attributes such as bolding, italics, underlin...