PixEdit 8 - PixEdit Document Scanning Software - BatchWizard

PixEdit Document Scanning Software

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Macros in PixEdit are useful for performing repeated actions on multiple documents. Consider the following example: You need to process 2000 documents, execute a noise filter, deskew, and then store the files in another storage format. Instead of manually repeating this process 2000 times, you may specify the task in a macro, mark the files for processing, and start. Your instructions are executed until all files have been processed.

In Watch mode, PixEdit can look for incoming (or existing) image files in a folder, execute a composed macro, and save the file in another folder.

If your only task is to convert files into another storage or compression format, you do not need to build or specify a macro since this process is a default part of the macro execution system.

In addition, macros may be saved in a batch job for later processing.

In Recording mode, every edit function performed on a page is recorded. When you have finished recording the macro press the stop button and you will be prompted for a name. If you provide a name, the macro will be saved under My Documents/PixEdit Macros and the macro will be available for playing and processing in the Batch Wizard. To play a recorded macro on your opened document, select a macro from the drop down list and just press the play button located on your toolbar. A macro may also be replayed on page ranges.

Batch Wizard for batch processing files

The Batch Wizard is an easy to use tool that helps you to create or execute batch jobs. The Batch Wizard contains the following easy steps:

Batch Wizard – Step 1

The first step in the Batch Wizard contains some basic information about the use of macros and the Wizard itself.

Click Next to continue.

Batch Wizard – Step2

In the second step of the Wizard you will need to choose between selecting the files and folders to be processed by a macro, or if PixEdit should process files that arrives in a “Watched directory”.

If you choose the first alternative, you must select the files to be processed by PixEdit at this point. Check “Include Sub folders” if you want to process files in sub folders, and choose between processing colour or monochrome image files. Use the following standard Windows procedure for selecting files to be processed: To select a single file, click on the file name. To select a group of files in sequence, click on the first file to be selected, press and hold down the shift key and click on the last file. To select groups of files out of sequence, press and hold down the ctrl key while clicking on each file to be selected.

Click Next to continue.

Batch Wizard – Step3

Specify if you would like to process image files with a macro. If your only task is to convert files between file formats, uncheck this option and click Next. If you want to process the files with a macro, you will have to select a previously composed and saved macro from the drop down list. When done, click Next to continue.

Batch Wizard – Step4

In normal cases you would like to save the result of your macro. For test purposes however, you may want to uncheck the option for saving image files after processing and go directly to the final step in the Wizard by clicking Next.

Choose the folder to be used for saving the image files, as well as file and compression format.

The extension part of a filename usually indicates the type of image format. PixEdit does not need this extension to select the decompression method, but other programs may need a file extension to detect the file type automatically. When running macros to convert from one file format to another, you may use this option to give the converted file an extension which indicates the storage format.

Do not use this option if your original file extension represents page numbers or other important information.

Click Next to continue.

Batch Wizard – Step5

This is the final step in the batch Wizard. Your selected options and folders will be displayed, as well as file and compression format.

If you selected Watch Mode in step 2, simply click Enter Watch. PixEdit will constantly monitor the specified folder for incoming image files to be processed. If for some reason PixEdit fails to process an incoming file, it will be moved to sub folder Not Processed. PixEdit will continue to monitor the watched folder until you click the Stop button.

Several options are available from this final step by clicking the Options button. You may choose to hide control bars during processing, select zoom factor and pan position for the displayed files, as well as how often PixEdit should monitor the configured Watch folder.

You may now choose to execute the batch job right away, or to save the entire batch job for later processing. If you would like to process the batch job later, specify a name and click Finish.

Saved batch jobs may be executed later by TOOLS, BATCH EXECUTE.

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