Using Area Templates

If you are processing a large number of documents with an identical layout (e.g. forms or questionnaires), analyzing the layout of every page will be time consuming. To save time, you can analyze only one document in a set of similar documents and save the detected areas as a template. Then you can use this template for the other documents in the set.

To create an area template:

  1. Open an image and either let the program analyze the layout automatically or draw the desired areas manually.
  2. From the Areas menu, select the Save Area Template… command. In the saving dialog box, provide a name for your template and click Save.

Important! To be able to use an area template, you must scan all the documents in the set using the same resolution value.

Applying an area template:

  1. In the Document window, select the pages you wish to apply an area template to.
  2. From the Areas menu, select the Load Area Template…
  3. In the Open Area Template dialog box, select the desired area template (area template files have the *.blk extension).
  4. In the same dialog box, next to Apply to, select Selected pages to apply the template to the selected pages.

    Note. Select All pages to apply the template to all the pages in the current ABBYY FineReader document.

  5. Click the Open button.