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Hi guys.

This is one I've been googling for some time, and failed to find a solution. My basic needs are the ability to scan in household documents from a multi-page feed scanner, and easily add the documents in to a management system, with the ability to predefine 'document types' with possible data fields. I will also need to be able to append to existing files.

So for example, I will start a document for my electricity bills for the whole of 2011. The document type would be a predefined as 'Household Bill'. There would be data fields for 'Provider' and 'Account Number', which I'd fill out at scan time. I would add new bills that came in to this file over the year, by using an append function.

I've looked at loads of systems, but most seem focused on already digitised files, or can do scanning with the addon of an expensive commercial plug-in (such as Kofax). Does anyone have any further suggestions as to a Open Source project that would achieve this?

Many thanks :D
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This is probably not your end all answer but you are welcome to try our InfoScanLite free version. You can download it from this link http://www.ocrsolutions.com/Software/InfoScanSetupLite.exe 

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Hi there.

Thanks for taking the time to post, but this isn't really the kind of thing I'm looking for. Also, my request was ideally for a solution that was OpenSource, as I wanted to embrace something that was open to community modification, with no risk of 'vendor lock-in'.

Not to worry though - as your the only person to respond, it looks like there just isn't the product out there in the Open Source world (yet). With Google as my friend, I was unable to find anything either.

Cheers for your time.

Bluemercury
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Not a problem, good luck.
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Many thanks :) All the best with your product. Bluemercury
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Good luck!
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At the present moment in time, I am unable to find a document management system that is both Open Source, and meets the criteria I set in the question :(
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Found anything yet? This is what I am looking for too.
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I'm afraid not. I ended up becomming a reseller for, and implementing for myself, a system called FileDirector. It works very well for what I wanted, but is not Open Source (instead built on Microsoft IIS / .NET 2.0 framework). Sadly, there is nothing I'm aware of in the community that allows this kind of scanning / archiving. I guess there just isn't the demand for Open Source programmers to feel justified in spending their time on, although I haven't properly looked in years!
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