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Beta: Multipage Export Plugin

Available: on-premises, cloud

The Multipage Export plugin is a custom plugin available for Ephesoft Transact.

This plugin runs in the Export module and generates multipage PDF and TIF files in the final drop folder for each document type in a batch. The Multipage Export plugin is a refactored version of the Create Multipage Files plugin. It removes inefficiencies, leading to the following improvements and changes:

  • Improved OCR quality
  • Improved output PDF quality
  • Larger selection of output file size options
  • Reduced processing time

Public Beta

The Multipage Export plugin is in public beta and, based on customer feedback, is expected to replace the Create Multipage Files plugin in the future.

This public beta version is provided as is, without warranties. Ephesoft uses public betas to collect valuable feedback to improve features before adopting them into the main Transact product. Ephesoft cannot guarantee that fixes can be provided for this plugin according to any service level agreement (SLA).

If any critical or blocker issues are discovered, we recommend returning to the Create Multipage Files plugin for your workflow needs.

Download

Download the current version of the Multipage Export plugin:

Prerequisites

To use the Multipage Export plugin, the following prerequisites must be in place:

  • You will need a batch class with a document type configured. For detailed steps, refer to Add New Document Type.
  • You will need to remove the CREATE_MULTIPAGE_FILES plugin and its dependencies from the batch class. You can control plugin dependencies from System Configuration > Workflow Management. Refer to Workflow Management for more information.

Supported Environments

The Multipage Export plugin can be deployed in the following environments:

  • Transact Version — Ephesoft Transact 2020.1.03 or above
  • Environment types — cloud or on-premises
  • Operating System — Microsoft® Windows

Deployment Overview

Here is a high-level overview of the steps to deploy the Multipage Export plugin:

  1. Import the Multipage Export plugin to Transact.
  2. Add the plugin to your batch class.
  3. Restart Ephesoft Transact.
  4. Configure the plugin according to your workflow requirements.

Importing the Plugin

For on-premises environments, you will need to import the plugin into Transact. Refer to Importing Custom Plugins and follow the steps listed there.

This plugin is automatically available in Transact Cloud environments.

Adding the Multipage Export Plugin

To add the Multipage Export plugin to your batch class, perform the following steps:

  1. From the Batch Class Management page, select your batch class and click Open.
  2. Go to Modules > Export.
  3. If you have not done so already, remove the CREATEMULTIPAGE_FILES plugin and its dependencies. Refer to the Prerequisites for steps.
  4. Add the MULTI_PAGE_EXPORT plugin from the Associated Plugins to the Selected Plugins column. This should be the first plugin in the Export module.
  5. Click Deploy.
  6. Restart Ephesoft Transact.

Configuring the Multipage Export Plugin

Perform the following steps to configure the Multipage Export plugin.

  1. In your batch class, go to Modules > Export > MULTI_PAGE_EXPORT.

Figure 1. Plugin Configuration

  1. Set the Multi Page Export Switch to On.
  2. Configure the remaining properties according to your workflow requirements. Refer to the following table for more information.
Configurable Property Options Description
Multi Page Export Switch
  • ON
  • OFF
This switch enables the plugin.
PDF Creation Process
  • iText
  • System Default
  • OFF
This property determines the underlying technology to create PDF files.

Note: System Default uses RecoStar.

This plugin can create both TIFs and PDFs. When this property is set to OFF, Transact will not create PDFs.

Use Original PDF Pages
  • NO
  • When EText Detected
This property determines whether Transact will use a transformed image when a text layer is detected, or use the originally uploaded PDF.
PDF Compression Profile
  • System Default Compression
  • Higher Quality / Low Compression
  • High Quality / Medium Compression (recommended)
  • Medium Quality / High Compression
  • Lower Quality / Max Compression
This property determines the compression profile for the created PDFs.

Based on your selection, this property will balance file size against the expected quality of images, text, and other file content.

System Default Compression uses a single-stage compression method. All other profiles use a dual-stage compression method.

PDF Compliance
  • None
  • PDF/A (for use with iText created PDFs)
This property determines if the exported PDF files will be PDF/A-1b compliant.

Note: To select PDF/A, the PDF Creation Process must be set to iText. Documents will not go through PDF/A-1b transformation if:

  • Use Original PDF Pages is set to When EText Detected.
  • PDF Creation Process is set to System Default.
TIF Creation Process
  • OFF
  • ON
This plugin can create both TIFs and PDFs. When this property is set to OFF, Transact will not create TIFs.

Note: The Multipage Export plugin can create both PDF and TIF files for export, depending on your configuration. Refer to the following table as a guideline for determining your output file types.

Output File Types PDF Creation Process TIF Creation Process
PDF only iText or Default OFF
PDF and TIF iText or Default ON
TIF only OFF ON
  1. Click Apply to update the batch class.
  2. Click Deploy to update the workflow.

You have successfully configured the Multipage Export plugin for your batch class.

Removing the Multipage Export Plugin

This section describes how to remove the Multipage Export plugin. When installing a newer version of a custom plugin, you will need to remove the existing version and import the updated custom plugin.

  1. Remove the existing plugin. Refer to Removing Custom Plugins for steps.
  2. Add the updated version of the plugin. Refer to Importing Custom Plugins for steps.

Limitations

  • In a new batch class, the values manually configured in the MULTI_PAGE_EXPORT plugin for the previous batch class are displayed instead of default plugin configurations.
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