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How to Clean Up Your Documents

by | Feb 23, 2017

Snowbound recently added the ability for users to utilize our DocClean technology in Java (they were previously available for our .NET & DLL RasterMaster products), so I wanted to highlight some of the benefits of DocClean for those unfamiliar with the technology.

Our DocClean solution provides document and image clean-up capabilities to fix messy documents, including older images that may be inverted, distorted, or just plain hard to read or OCR. For the most part, these are black and white raster images, but can also include color and grayscale documents that have been scanned or faxed.

These clean-up capabilities include:

Hole punch removal (removes the hole punch circles from the sides of documents)
Blank page detection (removes blank pages from multipage documents)
Deskew (fixes skewed or slightly-rotated images)
Despeckle (removes noise or small dots from images)
Auto-invert (detects and fixes inverted black and white images)
Auto-orient (detects and fixes rotated images)
Line removal (removes horizontal and vertical lines from images)

These DocClean tools provide significant benefits for users across a variety of industries, especially those using automation at the point of capture. This includes banks, insurance companies, medical records organizations and basically any other business that regularly processes scanned or faxed documents.

An additional benefit of the DocClean technology is it helps these organizations to maximize their archiving and storage efficiency by reducing file sizes for storage. DocClean is well-designed for batch conversion of documents and can be run in a multithreaded environment.

If you have any questions about how to best clean up your documents, leave us a comment or send us an e-mail to


Jim Palo is the co-founder of Snowbound Software and the VP of Research & Development. He has specialized for 30+ years in imaging software. He has a great deal of computer industry experience, working with Data General, Polaroid, Lotus, and in his own ventures. His expertise covers engineering management and the creation of sophisticated imaging applications as well as inventing imaging and compression algorithms and imaging APIs. He is an expert in C and Java programming.