Describing original layout

You are invited to provide a description of the layout of the original document to assist the program when auto-zoning is performed. See When does auto-zoning run?

The OmniPage Toolbox has the Layout Description drop-down list.

Select a setting that best describes how your original document looks. Your setting may also reflect how you want the layout to be handled. The default value is Automatic, and for most processing this is the quickest and easiest way to proceed. The other options exist to give you greater control over the layout handling.

Choose from the following options:

Omnipage icon lay auto Describing original layout Automatic

Choose this to let the program make all auto-zoning decisions. It will decide whether text is in columns or not, whether an item is a graphic or is text to be recognized and whether to place tables or not. Forms are not automatically detected. To get form processing (Professional only), you must explicitly set Form as Page Layout or draw form zones.

Choose Automatic if:

  • you want to process your document quickly.

  • your document contains pages with different or unknown layouts.

  • you have a page with multiple columns and a table.

  • you have any pages containing more than one table.

Omnipage icon lay single Describing original layout Single column, no table

Choose this setting if your pages contain only one column of text and no table. Business letters or pages from a book are normally like this. Choose it also for a page with words or numbers arranged in columns if you do not want these placed in a table or decolumnized or treated as separate columns. Graphics may be detected.

Omnipage icon lay multi Describing original layout Multiple columns, no table

Choose this if some of your pages contain text in columns and you want this decolumnized or kept in separate columns, similar to the original layout. Columns can be retained in the output document: you specify at saving time whether this is done with frames or flowing columns. If table-like data is encountered, it will be placed in columns, not in a gridded table. Graphics may be detected.

Omnipage icon lay singletabl Describing original layout Single column with table

Choose this if your page contains only one column of text and a table. Auto-zoning will not look for columns but will try to find a table and place it in a grid in the Text Editor. You can later specify whether to export it in a grid or as tab separated text columns. Graphics may be detected.

Omnipage icon lay spreadsheet Describing original layout Spreadsheet

Choose this if your whole page consists of a table which you want to export to a spreadsheet program, or have treated as a table. No flowing text or graphics zones will be detected. For information on saving documents to Excel, see Formatting levels.

Omnipage icon lay form Describing original layout Form

Choose this if your page contains a form. Form objects and elements will be detected on the whole page. (Available in OmniPage Professional only).

Omnipage icon lay custom Describing original layout Custom

Choose this for maximum control over auto-zoning. You can prevent or encourage the detection of columns, graphics and tables. Make your settings in the Custom Layout dialog box. To open the Custom Layout dialog box, click the Custom Layout… button in the OCR panel of the Options dialog box.

Omnipage icon lay template Describing original layout Template

Choose a zone template file if you wish to have its background value, zones and zone properties applied to all acquired pages from now on. In manual processing the template zones are also applied to the current page, replacing any existing zones. For more detail, see Zone templates.


Describing original layout