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Custom Export Plugin

Available: on-premises, cloud


This document describes the concepts, configuration, and additional information about using the Custom Export plugin with Ephesoft Transact. This plugin can be used with other export module plugins to maximize the desired outcome.

Benefits of the Custom Export Plugin

The Custom Export plugin includes significant flexibility for data and metadata output from the workflow. Benefits of this plugin include the following:

  • Customizing the output filenames for metadata and documents
  • Enabling a variety of output formats
  • Customizing the path and folders for output
  • Choosing specific data for output to reduce the export footprint
  • Using numerous additional options to configure metadata and document export

Primary Functions of the Custom Export Plugin

The Custom Export plugin is designed for the administrator responsible for configuring the batch class. This plugin provides two major output functions as follows:

1. Exporting the data/metadata file:

    • Users can select the document type to be exported.
    • Users have an option to export the desired metadata in the selected schema format (based on document type).
    • Users can export metadata with the following file extensions:
      • CSV — comma-separated value
      • HL7 — Health Level 7
      • HTML — Hypertext Markup Language
      • JSON — JavaScript Object Notation
      • TXT — text-only files
      • XML — eXtensible Markup Language
    • Users can configure dynamic file names and folder paths using a set of dynamic placeholders (e.g., replacement variables and XPath)
    • Users can download and upload schema files to be used with the Custom Export plugin. This allows the administrator to edit the schema file and leverage existing schema files to create new schema files.

2. Exporting the image files with ability to name the output files and target folders:

    • Users can specify the file type or extension.
    • Users can customize the filename and folder path with dynamic placeholders.

Limitations for Custom Export Plugin

The Custom Export plugin in Ephesoft Transact has the following limitations:

  • The Custom Export plugin currently does not support exporting data in a tabular format. It can only export data extracted for configured Index fields.
  • The schema file must be created and edited outside of Ephesoft Transact, and uploaded into the Custom Export plugin.

Configuring the Custom Export Plugin


Ensure that Ephesoft Transact is properly installed and licensed.


The Custom Export plugin is configured in Batch Class Management.

Perform the following steps to enable and configure the Custom Export plugin for the batch class:

1. Log in to Ephesoft Transact as an administrator. Navigate to the Batch Class Management screen.

Figure 1. Batch Class Management Screen

2. Open the batch class that will use the Custom Export plugin. The components and settings for this batch class display.

Figure 2. Viewing Current Configuration for a Batch Class

3. Expand the Export module. The plugins that are configured for this module display in the left-hand navigation panel.

Figure 3. Export Module Prior to Configuring Custom Export

4. Add the Custom Export plugin to the Export module:

a. On the right side of the screen, locate the CUSTOM_EXPORT plugin in the Associated Plugins field. Select it and move it to Selected Plugins field on the right.

Figure 4. Example of Adding the CUSTOM_EXPORT to the Export Module

Note: The CLEANUP plugin should always be the last plugin to run in the Export module. If the CLEANUP plugin is not last in the workflow, move it below the CUSTOM_EXPORT plugin.

   c. Click Deploy. The CUSTOM_EXPORT plugin displays in the Export module for this batch class.

Figure 5. CUSTOM_EXPORT Added to a Batch Class

5. Enable the Custom Export plugin:

a. Select CUSTOM_EXPORT in the left-hand navigation pane.

b. In the Plugin Configuration section on the right, set the Custom Export Plugin Switch to ON. Click Apply.

Figure 6. Custom Export Plugin Switch

6. Configure the Custom Export plugin:

a. Select Configure under the CUSTOM_EXPORT plugin on the left navigation pane. The current configurations for this plugin display.

Figure 7. Configuring Settings for Custom Export

This screen contains the following columns and information:

      • Document Type — Document type for which this export configuration will be applicable.
      • Export Schema Name — Name of the schema file for the metadata export. This file tells Ephesoft Transact which metadata fields (e.g., index fields, batch class fields, batch instance information, etc.) need to be exported and in which format.
      • Export Metadata Location — Location on
      • Export Metadata File — Name of the metadata file. The name can also have dynamic placeholders to generate dynamic file names.
      • Export Image File — Name of the exported image file.

b. Click Add to create new configurations, or click Edit to display and adjust the existing configurations. The Custom Export Configurations screen displays.

Figure 8. Custom Export Configurations Screen

c. Configure the settings for this plugin to include the output format and folder structure.

      • Document Type — This drop-down list is used to select the document type that exists within the batch class.
      • Export Metadata File section — This section contains the following fields and commands:
        • Export Schema — This drop-down list is used with the three buttons immediately beneath it. Select an existing schema, upload a schema, or download the schema and edit it locally. The buttons are defined below:
          • Upload Schema — Uploads the new schema file onto the server within the Batch Class Document Type location.
          • Download Schema — Downloads the selected schema file to the client workstation.
          • Refresh — Refreshes the values in the Export Schema drop-down list. If a new schema file was added directly into the file system folder, click Refresh so that the file displays in the Export Schema drop-down list.
        • Encoding — This drop-down list is used to select the encoding format for a schema file. Ensure that you provide the correct encoding for the schema file. The output metadata file will also use the same encoding as that of the export schema file. The following encoding formats are available in this drop-down list:
          • ASCII
          • UTF-7
          • UTF-8
          • UTF-16
          • UTF-32
          • ISO-8859-1
        • File Name — Field where you define the format of the file name and have ability to customize it.
        • Folder Path — Field where you define the desired folder path for the metadata file. This is the output path for the exported metadata file using optional replaceable variables for desired customization.
      • Export Image File section:
        This section contains the following fields:

        • File Extension — Choose from the following supported output formats:
          • PDF
          • TIF
          • PDF + TIFF
        • File Name — Field where you define the format of the file name and have ability to customize it.
        • Folder Path — Field where you define the folder path to be used. This path can be customized using the variables under Using Dynamic Placeholders.
          Note:  There are several limitations related to folder paths and file names.  A combined folder path and file name must not exceed 255 characters. File names cannot contain /*:<>|,? characters (if any of these characters appear in a file name at export time, they will be removed).
      • Export Schema File Content section:
        This section displays a customer generated file containing placeholders and XPath expressions configured within it. For example, if you want to export metadata from Ephesoft Transact into a JSON file format, you must create a JSON schema file. The JSON schema file is a JSON file with placeholders for Ephesoft Transact values. When a batch instance is exported, Ephesoft Transact will replace those placeholders with their actual values and export the resultant file at the location provided in the Folder Path field. See the examples below for sample JSON and XML schema and output files:

Figure 9. Sample Invoice and JSON Files

Figure 10. Sample Invoice XML Files

Using Dynamic Placeholders

Replacement variables and XPath syntax can be used as dynamic placeholders to provide custom names for folders and files, and to export specific metadata from your documents and batches.

Replacement Variables

Placeholder variables are available for several common elements within a batch.

The following table shows the variables and the syntax to be used to generate dynamic metadata file names, document file names, file locations, and metadata content. Refer to the Figure 10 above and the samples in the table below to see how placeholder variables in the table can be used.

  • Sample file system locations:
    • C:\Ephesoft\SharedFolders\final-drop-folder\CustomExport\~BI:Identifier~\~DOC:Type~ will create a folder named C:\Ephesoft\SharedFolders\final-drop-folder\CustomExport\BI1\UsInvoice
    • C:\Ephesoft\SharedFolders\final-drop-folder\CustomExport\~BCF$UserName:Value~ will create a folder named C:\Ephesoft\SharedFolders\final-drop-folder\CustomExport\TestUser
  • Sample file names:
    • Invoice_~DLF$PONumber:Value~ will create a file named Invoice_2005012345
    • Invoice_~DLF$PONumber:Value~_~BCF$UserName:Value~ will create a file named Invoice_2005012345_TestUser
      Note: Ephesoft Transact will append the appropriate file extension (i.e., .PDF or .TIF) to the exported files.

To enter a replacement variable in any of the File Name or Folder Path fields, perform the following:

1. Click into the text box (e.g., for the File Name field), and enter a tilde (~). A drop-down list with all available variables displays.

2. Enter the variable values or select variables from the drop-down list.

3. Separate the values by entering the desired separators (e.g., dashes (-) or underscores (_)).

Figure 11. Enter Variable Values

Variable Relates to XML Field Name Placeholder
Batch class BatchClassIdentifier ~BC:Identifier~
Batch class BatchClassName ~BC:Name~
Batch class BatchClassDescription ~BC:Description~
Batch instance ReviewedBy ~BI:ReviewedBy~
Batch instance UUID (Unique identifier for the batch) ~BI:UUID~
Batch instance BatchCreationDate ~BI:CreationDate~
Batch instance UNCFolderPath ~BI:UNCFolderPath~
Batch instance BatchInstanceIdentifier ~BI:Identifier~
Batch instance BatchInstanceName ~BI:Name~
Batch instance BatchInstanceDescription ~BI:Description~
Batch instance ValidatedBy ~BI:ValidatedBy~
Batch class field <Specified batch class field value> ~BCF$<name of batch class field>:Value~

The placeholder above must be replaced with the name of the batch class field.

Example: ~BCF$User_Name:Value~

Document level field <Specified document level field value> ~DLF$<name of index field>:<name of index field>~

The placeholder above must be replaced with the name of the index field.

Example: ~DLF$FED_TAX_FORM_1040:SSN~

Document UUID (Unique identifier for the document) ~DOC:UUID~
Document Type ~DOC:Type~
Document Identifier ~DOC:Identifier~
Document Description ~DOC:Description~
Document Page count in the current document ~DOC:PageCount~
System SharedFolders location ~SYS:SharedFolderLocation~
System Date with specified format ~SYS:Date(MM-dd-yyyy)~
System Server name ~SYS:ServerName~

XPath Syntax

Using XPath syntax provides a simple way of locating data in an XML file when nested XML header tags are separated by slashes. For example, the XPath expression ~/Batch/BatchSource~ in Figure 12 can be used to extract any information from your batch.XML file to the exported metadata file.

Figure 12. Using XPath to Extract Data from a Batch XML File

Also, consider Figure 13 below that shows a portion of an XML file for a batch.

Figure 13. XML File for a Batch

See the following for examples of retrieving XML values using XPath:

  • ~Batch/BatchSource~ returns the BatchSource value of Upload Batch
  • ~Batch/BatchPriority~ returns a value of 1
  • ~Batch/Documents/Document[1]/Confidence~ returns a value of 8.36
  • ~Batch/Documents/Document[2]/Confidence~ returns the confidence value from the second document in the batch
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