Transact

  1. Home
  2. Transact
  3. Get Started
  4. Quick Reference Guide

Quick Reference Guide

Introduction

This quick reference guide provides a brief overview of Ephesoft Transact features and terminology, user roles, and main operating interfaces.

Ephesoft Transact captures document data using context-driven productivity and open source technologies, and can operate both on-premises and in the cloud. Ephesoft Transact processes incoming documents and extracts data in the following workflow:

Figure 1. Ephesoft Transact Workflow

For a list of workflow terms and definitions, refer to the Glossary of Terms and Definitions.

Getting Started

Ephesoft Transact Home Page

Upon navigating to the Ephesoft Transact host URL, the home page displays:

Figure 2. Home Page

The home page includes resources and navigation menus to access Ephesoft Transact as an administrator or operator. Additional resources are listed at the bottom section of the home page.

Figure 3. Additional Resources

User Roles and Login Screens

The following table outlines the three supported user types and their responsibilities.

User RoleResponsibilities
Super administratorManages initial deployment, cloud configuration, security configuration, and tasks associated with back-end operations and setup.
AdministratorPerforms ongoing administrative functions with batch class management and batch instance management.
OperatorUploads batches for processing, reviews document type classification results in the Review interface, and reviews data extraction results in the Validation interface.
  1. On the right side of the home screen, select an operation icon under either the Administrator or Operator menu to prompt the login page. The icon selected will determine the page that displays after login.

Figure 4. User Icons at Login

  1. Enter your login credentials.

A screenshot of a cell phone Description automatically generated

Figure 5. Login Screen

  1. Your selected page displays upon login. As an example, the Administrator > Batch Class Management screen is shown below.

Figure 6. Batch Class Management Screen

  1. To navigate to other screens, hover over the left-hand tab to display the navigation menu.

Figure 7. Navigation Menu

Administrator Functions

Administrators are responsible for creating, configuring and maintaining batch classes, and managing batch instance processing.

The Administrator navigation menu options are displayed below.

Note: Access to System Configuration is restricted to Ephesoft Transact users with super administrator permissions.

Figure 8. Administrator Menu

The following table provides a brief overview of each administrator interface and its functions.

FeatureOverview
Batch Class ManagementPrimary configuration area where workflows, classification rules, and extraction rules are configured and managed.
Batch Instance ManagementDashboard that displays all batches that are being processed, as well as a real-time status per batch in the overall workflow. Administrators can also view which batches are currently locked for use by other users.
Folder ManagementWeb browser access to specific areas of the Ephesoft Transact server, to allow uploads and downloads of files without logging onto the server. Stores document images that were used as part of training the system.
System Configuration (Super Administrator only)Administrators can use the System Configuration interface to manage user security, database connections, licensing, security tokens and keys, and the regular expression pool.
ReportsReporting dashboard that provides access to standard and advanced reports.

Batch Class Management

The Batch Class Management screen displays all existing batch classes and enables administrators to add, remove, and configure batch classes. The configuration options include creating document types, index fields, and extraction rules.

Figure 9. Batch Class Management Screen

Batch Class Configuration

Batch classes provide the global settings and configurations from which all additional operations in the Ephesoft Transact workflow are derived.

To access Batch Class Configuration, navigate to the Batch Class Management screen.

  • Click Add to create a new batch class and view the configuration screen.
  • To view and edit any existing batch class configurations, double-click the batch class name or select the check box for the batch class and click Open.

The following screen illustrates the general layout of the Batch Class Configuration screen:

A screenshot of a social media post Description automatically generated

Figure 10. Batch Class Configuration Screen

For more details on batch class configuration options, reference the Glossary of Terms and Definitions.

Document Types

The Document Types screen displays all document types that have been created within a selected batch class.

To access Document Types from a batch class, locate the batch class name in the left navigation tree and expand the Document Types node.

Figure 11. Sample Document Types Folder

The following screen will display:

Figure 12. Sample List of Document Types

Within the Document Types node, the following configuration options are available:

Document Type SettingDefinition
Index FieldsIndividual pieces of metadata that will be extracted from documents of a specific document type.
TablesAllows the user to define extraction rules for various types of tables that can be found inside each document type.
Function Key MappingAllows the user to configure a custom script to be used when a function key is pressed.
DB Export ConfigurationAllows the user to map document type index fields to columns in a database table. During export, Ephesoft Transact will insert the index field metadata into the database table.

Note: This functionality only supports index field extraction, and not Ephesoft Transact table extraction.

Fixed Form ExtractionWhen a document type requires fixed-form extraction such as handprint, check boxes, or signature detection, this setting maps the external fixed-form project to the individual pages of that document type.
Fuzzy DB Extraction ConfigurationEphesoft Transact supports two different fuzzy database lookup options, each described below.
Document FuzzyDocument Fuzzy allows the user to use either all document OCR content, or individual extracted values to perform a lookup to an external database. The data returned can be assigned to specific index fields.
Field FuzzyField Fuzzy allows the user to extract index fields from a document, then use those values for a database lookup, and return the values into the same (or other) index fields.
REST API LookupAllows the user to look up external data using index field data extracted from a document. Index field data is passed to the external API, and pieces of data returned from the API can be mapped to other index fields.

Modules and Plugins

Modules represent specific stages of the batch class workflow. To access the modules used in any batch class, open a batch class and expand the Modules node.

Figure 13. Modules in a Workflow

Within each module are a set of plugins. Plugins can be added, arranged and edited within a module to configure a workflow that will satisfy a customer’s requirements. From the expanded Modules node, select any specific module folder to view the plugins used in that module.

A screenshot of a social media post Description automatically generated

Figure 14. Folder Import: Available and Selected Plugins

Within a module, selecting a specific plugin will direct users to its configuration settings.

A screenshot of a cell phone Description automatically generated

Figure 15. Sample Plugin Configuration

For details on module configuration options, reference the Glossary of Terms and Definitions.

Email Configuration

The Email Configuration screen enables administrators to configure document ingestion from an email account.

The Email Import plugin is responsible for importing documents from an email account. Administrators can specify the types of documents to be ingested, including determining if the body of the email should be ingested.

Scanner Profiles

The Scanner Profiles section allows administrators to add and configure multiple scanner profiles to support different scanning needs. These profiles are used by the Ephesoft Transact Web Scanner, a client application that integrates Ephesoft Transact directly with local scanners.

CMIS Import

The CMIS Import feature downloads files from a CMIS-compliant repository (such as Alfresco, Nuxeo, or Documentum) and processes them as batches. Once processed, the completed documents and index field metadata can be exported using any of Ephesoft Transact’s supported export mechanisms.

Batch Class Field

This feature allows administrators to add fields at the batch class level. If a custom field exists, it will prompt the operator to complete field details during the initial steps of batch processing. Fields can be used to include various types of information not found on all documents, such as customer business process information or commonly audited details.

Batch Instance Management

A batch instance contains all files and pages that are to be processed in a particular work session (a “job” or “instance”). Whenever documents are ingested on the server, a new batch instance is created.

The Batch Instance Management section allows administrators to configure, add, or remove batch instances. Tasks for batch instance management include the following:

  • View and prioritize all existing batch instances.
  • Select any batch instance to display batch execution details and current status in the workflow.
  • Open, restart, unlock, or delete batch instances.
  • Troubleshoot batch instances.
  • View batch instance performance metrics.

For more details on batch class configuration options, reference the Glossary of Terms and Definitions.

View Batch Instance Status and Details

On the left side of the Batch Instance Management screen, a pie chart displays the number of batch instances per processing status type.

http://wiki.ephesoft.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/word-image484.png

Figure 16. Sample Pie Chart of Batch Instance Categories

The stacked chart located below the pie chart shows the number of batch instances backlogged in either Review or Validation status, organized by the following 4 time periods:

  • 0-1 hour
  • 1-4 hours
  • 4 hours – 1 day
  • 1 day+

Figure 17. Sample Bar Chart of Review-Validation Backlog

This feature allows an administrator to check batch instance status. When a batch instance is selected from the grid, the details of the batch instance are displayed in the bottom panel.

To view configuration details for a particular batch class, such as name, processing priority, or current processing status, navigate to the Batch Execution Details screen located at the bottom of the Batch Instance Management page. If the selected batch class is running, the colored bars represent the stage progression and real-time status of the batch instance within the overall workflow.

A screenshot of a social media post Description automatically generated

Figure 18. Sample Batch Execution Details

Adding, Sorting, and Filtering Batch Instance Columns

For enhanced visibility, sorting and filtering is available in the Batch Instance screen inside the Batch Instance Grid.

To add additional columns to the grid, select the drop-down icon (▼) on any existing column, navigate to Columns, and select the desired column types.

Figure 19. Custom Columns in Batch Instance Management

Set Batch Instance Priority

Batch instance priority defines the order in which batches are executed. The priority of the batch instance is a numerical value from 1 to 100, with 1 as the highest priority and 100 as lowest. When multiple batches are running simultaneously, they will be executed in order of highest to lowest priority.

Set Batch Instance Auto-Refresh

Administrators and operators can modify the auto-refresh interval in the Batch Instance Management and Batch List screens. To modify the auto-refresh interval, navigate to the Refresh Interval drop-down menu at the bottom of the screen and select the preferred option.

Figure 20. Refresh Interval Drop-down Menu

Troubleshooting Batch Instances

The Troubleshooting Batch Instance window is found in the bottom right section of the Batch Instance Management screen and provides the option to download multiple types of logs, batch instance files, and batch class files.

If hidden, click the arrow (◄) to view and expand.

A screenshot of a social media post Description automatically generated

Figure 21. Troubleshoot Window

Folder Management

The Folder Management screen provides a browser-based folder navigation tool for administrators to browse, view, and modify files, folders, and batch class configurations. This feature is useful when users don’t have direct access to the Ephesoft Transact server at the operating system level.

Super administrators have further functionality to view batch XML files for each batch instance, as well as the final output PDF or TIFF files generated by the Ephesoft Transact workflow.

The following image illustrates a sample Folder Management screen and its components.

Figure 22. Folder Management Landing Page

The following image displays sample sub-folders found in a typical Ephesoft Transact environment:

A screenshot of a cell phone Description automatically generated

Figure 23. Sample Sub-Folders

Reports

This section provides administrators with the following types of reports.

Dashboard Reports

Dashboard reporting options include the following:

  • System Health: displays server status for the specified date.
  • System Reporting: displays overall batch processing metrics.
  • Batch Processing: displays page processing metrics.

A screenshot of a social media post Description automatically generated

Figure 24. Dashboard Reports

Throughput Reports

Throughput reports summarize metrics per workflow variable including hourly throughput, user throughput, and batch size throughput.

A screenshot of a social media post Description automatically generated

Figure 25. Throughput Reports

System Configuration

The System Configuration screen is enabled only for Super Administrators. For details on configuration options, reference the Glossary of Terms and Definitions.

Operator Functions

The following section describes the Operator role and responsibilities. Operators can perform tasks related to batch instances, such as uploading batches, reviewing document classification and separation, and reviewing index field extraction.

The Operator navigation menu options are displayed below.

Figure 26. Operator Menu

The following table provides a brief overview of each page and its functions.

PageFeatures
Batch ListDisplays all batch instances waiting for review or validation, and their priority as set by the administrator.
Review ValidateAllows operators to review document type classification and verify data that has been extracted from documents.
Web ScannerBrowser-based scanning interface that allows local TWAIN-based scanners to scan documents directly to the Ephesoft Transact server.
Batch UploadProvides an interactive environment for the user to upload electronic documents into Transact for processing.

Batch List

The Batch List screen shows the list of batch instances that are In either Review (document type classification) or Validation (data extraction verification) status, and is divided into 3 parts:

  1. Batch List Charts
  2. Batch List Option Panel
  3. Batch List Grid

By default, batches that are in Ready for Review status will be shown first. Clicking Validation will display all batches that are in the Ready for Validation status.

The following image illustrates the Batch List screen:

A screenshot of a cell phone Description automatically generated

Figure 27. Sample Batch List Review Screen

Set Batch Instance Auto-Refresh

Administrators and operators can modify the auto-refresh interval in the Batch Instance Management and Batch List screens. To modify the auto-refresh interval, navigate to the Refresh Interval drop-down menu at the bottom of the screen and select the preferred option.

A screenshot of a cell phone Description automatically generated

Figure 28. Batch Instance Auto-Refresh Screen

Review and Validate

The Review and Validate screens allow operators to review and verify data that has been extracted from the ingested documents through batch instance processing. If extracted data falls below the batch class confidence threshold, Ephesoft Transact alerts the operator of a potential wrong value, and directs them to the review and validation screens to verify the extracted data values and make necessary corrections. Operators can also perform various other modifications such as classifying the document type, splitting documents, merging pages to form a document, and deleting unnecessary pages from a document.

The following image is an example of the Validation screen.

Figure 29. Sample Validation Screen

Web Scanner

With Web Scanner, users can scan documents directly into the Ephesoft Transact server using a web application interface allowing the user to preview, rotate and re-scan necessary images as part of the overall batch to submit to Ephesoft Transact.

For more information on web scanner features and operations, refer to the Web Scanner User Guide.

Upload Batch

The Upload Batch screen allows operators to upload files directly from their computer. The uploaded files will be processed as a single batch instance.

The following image illustrates the Upload Batch screen.

A screenshot of a social media post Description automatically generated

Figure 30. Upload Batch Screen

To upload a set of files for batch instance processing, drag and drop the files from your workstation into the lower panel. This will create a single batch instance. Once the upload is complete, select the batch instance and click Start Batch at the top of the screen to begin processing.

This completes the Quick Reference Guide for the basic features and user roles available in Ephesoft Transact. For more information, refer to Ephesoft Transact Features and Functions.

Glossary of Terms and Definitions

The following tables provide key terms and definitions that users may encounter while using Ephesoft Transact.

Ephesoft Transact Workflow

TermDefinition
Document CaptureThere are multiple ways to capture data: scanners, multi-function peripherals (MFPs), UNC folders (network folders), fax, email, mobile devices or through an outsourced business process organization (BPO).
Image ProcessingDocuments and images are normalized and rotated in preparation for classification. The system can apply filters to improve image quality and more easily identify documents for data extraction.
Document Classification and ReviewEphesoft Transact uses patented AI and ML algorithms that can “learn” document types and their extractable content. This workflow stage separates and classifies individual pages into separate documents.

If the system does not meet minimum confidence levels for pages it attempts to classify, the process will revert to the operator for review.

Data ExtractionEphesoft Transact uses Optical Character Recognition (OCR), Intelligent Character Recognition (ICR) and Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) as well as AI and ML algorithms to extract data from ingested documents.
Data ValidationIf any extracted data fall below pre-set confidence scores, the system prompts operator review. Validation may be needed when there are smudges, spills, blurry characters, or missing fields. The system alerts the operator of these documents and data values for manual verification and correction as necessary.
Data and Document ExportOnce all documents have been validated, the exported documents and extracted data are moved to a repository or other business system. The exported documents and data can be stored on a local server or cloud-based storage, such as Alfresco, Box, or SAP.

Module Functions

ModuleFunction
Folder ImportContains plugins that govern how documents, data or images are ingested or imported into Ephesoft Transact at the start of the workflow. Also defines additional compression, image optimization and image resolution attributes.
Page ProcessDefines how Ephesoft Transact performs OCR. Plugins are available to, for example, create display and thumbnail images, or enable multidimensional classification.
Document AssemblyResponsible for separating and classifying single pages into documentsproduced in the Page Process module above. This module emphasizes two definitive plugins:

• DOCUMENT_ASSEMBLER

• DOCUMENT_ASSEMBLER_SCRIPTING_PLUGIN

Review DocumentDetermines if batch instance contains documents with low confidence needing operator review and suspends workflow processing for this activity. The REVIEW_DOCUMENT plugin is the key component of this module.
ExtractionLocates and extracts defined data values from documents based on the OCR results produced in the Page Process module above. Extraction can entail key-value extraction, table extraction, fixed-form extraction, text extraction, and more.
Automated ValidationAutomatically performs data type checks. This module contains all the extracted values for index fields, and checks index fields for matches in data type and appropriate values. It marks exceptions when they are present.
Validate DocumentDetermines if batch instance contains extracted values that were marked for exception and suspends workflow processing for operator validation.
ExportDefines how documents and the extracted data are distributed to external storehouses or other forms of output after all document processing and workflow operations are complete.

Batch Class Management Functions

A batch class is a collection of document types. Each batch class has its own custom workflow. This table defines the buttons associated with this screen.

ButtonFunction
OpenOpens the batch class and displays the configuration screen.
ApplySaves all changes that have been made to the selected batch class or classes.
AddAdds a new batch class.
CopyCopies a batch class.
ExportExports a batch class and creates a .zip file with the configurations and images used in document training.
UnlockBatch classes can only be configured by one user at a time. If any administrator idles on a configuration screen, other administrators can use the unlock button to unlock the batch class.
EncryptSecures data from unauthorized access

Important: Only super administrators have permissions to encrpt a batch class.

DeleteRemoves the batch class and any associated training documents from the Ephesoft Transact server.

Batch Instance Management Functions

The batch instance processes ingested documents using an assigned batch class and its configurations. This table defines the buttons associated with this screen.

ButtonFunction
OpenThis button opens the selected batch instance that is in the processing queue.
RestartRestart provides a precise way to execute specific workflow modules in batch instance processing. The following diagram illustrates the granular options.

A screenshot of a cell phone Description automatically generated

Figure 31. Restart Menu Options: Administrator > Batch Instance Management

UnlockTo prevent multiple operators from reviewing the same documents, active batch instances are locked. An administrator can manually unlock batch instances. A screenshot of a social media post Description automatically generated

Figure 32. Unlock Batch Instance Administrator > Batch Instance Management

A screenshot of a cell phone Description automatically generated

Figure 33. Unlock Confirmation

DeleteDeletes a selected batch instance from the processing queue.
Troubleshoot Batch InstanceTroubleshoots errors or failures that occur during batch instance processing.

Batch Execution Details

FieldFunction
Batch Class NameThe name of the batch class to which the batch instance belongs.
Batch IdentifierThe identifier of the batch instance.
Batch NameThe name of the batch instance.
Batch DescriptionThe description for the batch instance.
Batch PriorityThe priority of the batch instance. If the priority is edited, the batch must be restarted to reflect the new priority.
Current StatusThe status of the batch instance. For example: RUNNING, ERROR, NEW, LOCKED, READY_FOR_REVIEW, READY_FOR_VALIDATION, DELETED, etc.
Drop Folder PathThe final export folder path for the batch class to which the batch instance belongs.
Workflow Start TimeTimestamp indicating when batch processing began.
Error CauseThis field will only be available in the grid if the batch instance is in ERROR state. It shows the details of the cause for the batch instance’s ERROR state.

System Configuration Functions

ButtonFunction
Regex GroupAll available regex groups in the database will be displayed as a grid and can be edited directly from the grid.
Regex PatternAccessed by expanding the Regex Group node to display each regex folder and its patterns.

Figure 34. Sample Regex Patterns for “Address” Regex Group

Generate KeyUsed to generate an application-level key for image encryption.

Important: A key can only be generated once.

Regex BuilderDefines regular expressions used to process each document type.
Workflow ManagementDisplays plugins and their dependencies on other plugins in the workflow.
Ephesoft CloudProvides registration accessibility and configuration settings for the Ephesoft Cloud HyperExtender.
Connection ManagerDisplays all connections to supported external databases.
License DetailsDisplays license details for the Ephesoft Transact host environment.
Access ManagerAllows super administrators to restrict each user’s visibility into the administrative and operational screens (ie. Batch Instance Management, Reports, etc).
Currency ConfigurationAllows super administrators to configure for currencies found in the documents they process.
Was this article helpful to you? Yes 5 No 1