Zone types and contents

The zone type and zone content determine how a zone will be treated during processing.

Zone Type

Each zone on a page has a zone-type setting. You can select the following zone types:

Omnipage zone process Zone types and contents Process zone

for the automatic detection of zones. Auto-zoning will run inside the area you define a process zone. If you cover a varied area with a process zone, OmniPage may replace this with a set of smaller zones. Text will be decolumnized, tables and graphics will be detected.

Use the Text Editor views Plain Text view or Formatted Text view to see the texts decolumnized. Use True Page view  to keep the text in columns.

Click the Change Reading Order tool Omnipage tb f order change Zone types and contents in the Text Editor’s Formatting toolbar in True Page view if the order needs to be changed.

Omnipage zone ignore Zone types and contents Ignore zone

for parts of the page that you do not want processed. Ignore zones are displayed as shaded (they appear gray on white pages). They are typically drawn on a process background. Ignore zones can be placed in a template, so that a particular part of all pages in a document (such as a repeated logo or page numbering) can be excluded from recognition in just one move.

Omnipage zone text Zone types and contents Text zone

for text areas in a single column. Use this also to cover text areas that you do not want broken into separate columns. Use this zone type also to manually zone horizontal text in Japanese, Chinese and Korean.

Omnipage zone asian vertical Zone types and contents Vertical Asian text zone

for vertical text in Japanese or Chinese. Text direction can be auto-detected for these languages, but you can use this to force vertical handling. Do not use it for other languages. All vertical text zones should be rectangular.

Omnipage zone vertical left text Zone types and contents Vertical left-rotated text zone

for right-rotated vertical text in non-Asian languages; see an example at the end of Drawing zones manually. In some (but not all) cases these zones can be auto-detected. This zone type cannot be used to zone vertical text in table cells – only auto-zoning can do that.

Omnipage zone vertical right text Zone types and contents Vertical right-rotated text zone

for right-rotated vertical text in non-Asian languages. The information given above also applies here.

Omnipage zone table Zone types and contents Table zone

for text or numeric areas with data in rows and columns that you want treated as a table. Table gridlines can be automatically detected during recognition, or can be placed manually before recognition. All tables are displayed after recognition in the Text Editor with grids. You can edit the gridlines. The item Tables in the export converter options allows you to specify how the table data should be exported, for instance in grids or converted to tab separated columns.

Omnipage zone graphics Zone types and contents Graphic zone

for photos, drawings, signatures and areas of text that you want to retain as a picture in the Text Editor. These embedded graphic areas can be exported with the document to target applications that support graphics. The Retain graphics export converter option should be selected in this case. Graphics can also be copied to Clipboard.

Omnipage zone form Zone types and contents Form zone

for forms that you want recognized so they become fillable after export. You can edit the form elements in the Text Editor and then export them in pdf, rtf, html or xsn (Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003) format. Form zones are supported only in OmniPage Professional.

To change the zone type of an existing zone

Right-click inside the zone, then select Zone Type and the appropriate item from the shortcut menu.

To define a zone type for a new zone

Select the appropriate zone drawing tool from the Image toolbar, then draw the zone.

Zone Content

All text and table zones on a page also have a zone content setting. The zone content specifies the characters OmniPage looks for within a zone during processing. You can select Alphanumeric or Numeric as the zone content setting.

For example, if a particular zone only contains numbers and mathematical signs, you can specify the contents of that zone to be Numeric. OmniPage will only generate solutions containing numbers and number-related punctuation for that zone during recognition.

To change the zone content

Right-click inside the zone, then select Zone Content and the appropriate item from the shortcut menu.

  • OmniPage assigns a zone type to each zone created by auto-zoning. It also assigns a zone content setting to text zones. You do not need to change the zone properties unless you want to modify the way elements on the page will be handled during reprocessing.


Zone types and contents