DFAS sharpens up its images

 The image-assessment software checks each Group 4 TIFF scanned image to
detect flaws that range from double feeds or dog-eared pages to illegible image contrast
and excessive skew. These and similar glitches confuse optical character recognition
engines, said Jane Bartlett, project manager for Kodak's commercial and government systems

 Manual inspection of images always has been the rule. But with scanners now running
as fast as 240 pages per minute, manual inspection ranks as the second costliest step in
document management, right after document preparation, said Glenn Colliss, program
development manager for Kodak.

 Kodak officials estimate it takes 55 hours for personnel to assess 100,000 image
pages. The assessment software could cut that to 1.1 hours, according to Kodak estimates.

 The image-assessment product sells both as a $750 run-time application and as a $500
tool kit for computers running Microsoft Windows NT.

 The Kodak product competes with other assessment products such as ShipShare from
Seaport Imaging Inc. of San Jose, Calif., and ScanFind from Sequoia Data Corp. of
Burlingame, Calif.

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