Exo System

GIADAscan Reviews is a module that can be integrated into the GIADAscan database, and will allow the production of press reviews by scanning the articles of interest. Each stage of construction including choosing, cutting, composition, modification and filing is completely automatic.

Using technological advance in editing with the aid of the mouse, the review composition is simple and immediate. The Reviews module combines together the flexibility and the power of the GIADAscan optical filing system and allows not only the quick production of a review but also the quick retrieval of important information contained within it. This module takes into account the specific requirements of clip reviews editorials and is therefore perfect for anyone involved in the production of press reviews, public and company printing offices, companies involved in public relations, documentation centres (archives), libraries, and daily paper and periodical editorial offices.

Scanning can occur as a batch where all pages of interest are scanned using an A4, A3 or A0 scanner. Alternatively it is just possible to scan the page that is to be included in the composition. Contrast, brightness and dimensions of the paper to be scanned are predefined for each particular publication saving precious time during scanning. Compatible scanners include all TWAIN low speed and high speed models (up to 55 pages per minute) along with compression hardware.

The scanned paper is often not perfectly aligned at the borders at the base of the page, and therefore the image will be reproduced on the skew. The "Reviews" module automatically realigns the entire scanned page, during scanning or afterwards at the user's prompt. If carried out afterwards, realignment only takes a few seconds and it is instantaneous when carried out during scanning. The amount that the paper is skewed is automatically calculated, but it can be modified as desired using a 'protactor'. It is also possible to align only the transferred columns, making the whole process very quick and fully cmprehensible for the user.
The entire scanned area is examined and the text columns are automatically recognised by a simple 'click'. The position of images (photographs, drawings etc.) is clear because of the use of double borders. This quickens composition as it allows the positioning of text and images into the appropriate window.

The "Reviews" module enables the simple specification of autocomposition form by choosing from tha appropriate dialog window. There are at least four different forms available concerning the layout of text and images that are to be transferred. The user can also specify the maximum number of columns to be produced and the percentage of enlargement associated with them. Transferred columns are automatically balanced during autocomposition.

The user needs only to indicate the column area, including titles and images to be transferred, in order to autocompose. Titles and subtitles are distinguishable by a double border and thus they are automatically recognised by the optical character recognition (OCR) which generates the necessary credentials for filing of the review in the associated database.
Each item that is transferred into the composition window can be moved or reorganised as wished. Furthermore other items can be transferred without adversely affecting the autocomposition. This flexibility gives the user complete control of the page. It is also possible to highlight important parts of the text using graphic tools (arrow, rectangle, straight line). Using a tool called 'Marker' (Underliner), it is possible to highlight important parts of the text by precision underlining by simply clicking on it. The system can also automatically reduce the dimensions of the columns relative to the article size in order to allow the placing of a 'mini' copy in a trial position. This enables the reader to understand the importance of a particular article from its size in the original paper (we call it a 'look-up').

A useful editing tool is the 'intelligent' cutter that enables precise column cutting under the desired line, dissecting it into two and allowing its repositioning. It is also possible to precision cut vertically or horizontally (for example when bordering an image) by clicking in the appropriate place.
Transferred titles and subtitles can be 'rearranged' and repositioned automatically to occupy the number of lines desired. The system uses 'intelligent' line cutting and horizontal repositioning. The items thus reassembled can be repositioned as wished.
Once formed, the article can be framed by simply specifying the area occupied by it using the appropriate tool. The frame will automatically include certain information, such as the publication title, the date and the page where the article can be found. It is also possible to take the image used as the publication logo and thus produce a more professional review. Personalised data such as the author's name or tha destination of the review can appear in each frame.
Once the composition is finished it is possible to transfer a new article onto the same page, or to continue with tha creation of the page itself. The 'print preview' function presents the page that will be produced, removing the panels around the items which are only to be used during the editing phase.

During construction of the page information relevant to its filing is automatically extracted. The optical recognition of the text according to the title of each article allows the creation of a file associated to it. This file is saved along with the files of all the other articles present in the review.
The files are organised to produce maximum flexibility when carrying out a search. Thus article, review, author, editorial publication and vocabulary dictionary files are all arranged separately.

Article file: where article related data is placed (for example the author's name).

Review file: here the user can access the articles and their contents.

Author file: here the user can access all existing articles via author, and therefore find out where (in which review) they have been reviewed.

Editorial publication file: enables the recovery of all articles of a particular publication.

Vocabulary dictionary: this file contains all vocabulary found within the articles, and thus enables article recovery by using vocabolary present within.
Reviews WEB/LINK is a module, built up in ASP/Microsoft technology, that allows the immediate pubblication of the review either on the public part of the company site or in the inner one. Once composed and filed, each review can be automatically publicated and the retrieval of the article of interest will be possible indicating the keyword desired in the search engine integrated into the product. Articles are saved as PDF documents, and either a single article or the entire review can be analysed going to the website where Reviews module is installed. Reviews WEB/LINK is used by many important companies both for the inner review composition and for supplies of services to customers.

The website rassegneonline.bpress.it s an important example of the REVIEWS product application. This website supplies services of daily, weekly or monthly review to client companies in whose name the proper subscription has been issued.