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ELAN Technical Manual Converter™

The ELAN Technical Manual Converter™ software is used to convert complex and large, paper-based documentation to searchable, bookmarked, interlinked and web-optimized PDF format. The generated files can be easily accessed in a WEB-environment despite the large size.
Technical Manual Converter™ in general

ELAN Technical Manual Converter™ (TMC) provides an automated way to accurately convert large volumes of documents into interactive, searchable, highly marked-up PDF files. By automating the conversion process, TMC dramatically reduces the cost-per-page of document processing and conversion. Black and white, color, and oversized documents can be scanned and the resulting images automatically cleaned-up using TMC’s advanced image processing capabilities.

Image Processing:

    • Automatic, rule-based image separation
    • Image content detection
    • Margin positioning
    • Odd-even page support
    • Skew, punch-hole, speckle, border removal
    • Comprehensive resize operations

Content Discovery:

Following image cleanup, content discovery and hierarchy building is performed. The internal structure of the document is discovered using highly automated methods with the help of OCR and parsing. The discovered document structure information will be later converted to PDF bookmarks. The following structure mining tools are available:

    • Table of Contents extraction
    • Extraction of list items (Table of Illustrations, Table of Tables, list of pages etc...)
    • Automatic page match between logical and physical pages
    • Powerful QC tools to validate and correct links

Internal Linking:

The internal linking process will find certain references present on the page, and will establish a link to the correct page where the reference is present. These are text entities like Figure 3-2, or Tab. 21 and will be converted to a PDF internal link later on. The following features are present:

    • Customer-defined strings with template mask
    • Comprehensive QC capabilities using visual feedback and fast navigation
    • Manual editing of corrections and new links

PDF conversion:

PDF conversion is the last step in the conversion process. Our proven PDF libraries produce standards-compliant, highly interlinked and searchable documents. The output is Image + Text PDF format, and is optimized for WEB delivery. The following features are present:

    • Fully automatic conversion of several jobs
    • Directory haunting
    • Linearized PDF output
    • Bookmark creation
    • Internal linking

For further information, please contact our Sales Department. Based on our very flexible software development infrastructure, we are able to customize our software to fit your workflow and unique requirements.