The Foldr server can process and analyse image files and documents containing graphical elements to extract text that is then searchable by users. The Optical Character Recognition (OCR) process can be performed either using the Foldr server’s built-in OCR engine (Tesseract), or cloud OCR engines hosted by AWS (Textract) and Google Vision.
This article assumes that Search has already been configured on the Foldr server. This is covered by the following KB article
Creating the AWS IAM/user for Textract
Log into the Amazon AWS console with a suitable administrative account
In the Search for services bar, search for IAM – then select IAM from the results
Click Add Users (found on the right of the screen)
Give the user a suitable Username and select Access Key – Programmatic Access as the AWS credential type
Click Next: Permissions
Click Attach existing policies directly
Filter the permissions and add the following:
Click Next: Tags
Click Next: Review
The create user and permission summary will be shown
Click Create User
A success message will be shown
Below the success message, the Access Key ID and Access Secret are shown. Click the ‘show’ link to display the secret and make a note of both values.
Create Foldr Service Account
A Service Account for the Textract OCR process should now be configured in Foldr Settings.
Select Integrations in the Foldr web admin interface
Click the Service Accounts tab
Click + Add New and configure the service account.
Type = AWS S3
Enter the Application Key (Access Key ID) and Application Secret (Secret Access Key) as shown in AWS Console.
Select the appropriate Region and click Update
Enable Textract OCR on the storage item/share
Within Foldr Settings, select Files & Storage and edit the appropraite storage item.
Selet the Search and Data tab and then select Settings
In the Crawl tab, scroll down and enable the toggle Index file contents
Now, select the OCR tab (top of screen)
Select the Enable OCR toggle, select AWS Textract as the OCR Engine and the Textract service account.
Click Save Changes
The AWS Textract integration is now complete and an initial crawl can be started by the administrator by clicking the Search and Data > Activity tab > + Crawl Now. Additionally, all files now uploaded to this storage item will be indexed by the Foldr server and processed by AWS Textract for OCR.
Note – All SMB shares will require a suitable service account (read access to the backend share and files contained within) to be configued and selected under Foldr Settings > Files & Storage > Access tab and This service account should use the account UPN for the username.