Confero 1.0 User Guide

confero-logo-glossConfero is a standalone program designed to streamline JPG-to-PDF sorting and file creation by searching for QR codes in your photographs and allows you to enter data for all of your image-groups before creating a PDF. This process reduces a user’s ‘keyboard’ time to minutes.

Installation:

  1. Download the file using the link in the email you received.
  2. Run the installer.
  3. Run Confero and input the serial key included in your purchase email.  You need to be connected to the internet to complete this step.

Common Installation Problems:

Confero requires Java to run.

If you run Confero and receive the following error message, your computer either does not have java installed, or your installation is not up-to-date.  Please download the latest version of Java for free at java.com/download/.

If your java is up to date but you still receive an error message the Java installer is not working correctly.  A small proportion of our users encounter this problem.  Many users get around this problem by installing the 64-bit “offline” installer available for download here.  This installer tends to be more reliable than its 32-bit counterpart.

If java still does not run, you were probably running anti-virus or third party firewall software.  Oracle recommends that you temporarily turn off these security programs, reinstall either of the aforementioned version of java, and then reboot your computer and re-enable your security software.

If you are running OSX and receive the following error message, you need to adjust your computer’s security settings. By default, OSX does not trust third party applications that are not purchased on Apple’s App Store.  To allow Confero to run, go to System Preferences —> Security & Privacy —> and under the “Allow Apps downloaded from:” section select “Anywhere.”

Photography for Confero:

Before you begin photographing you need to:

  1. Run Confero.
  2. Click “Get QR”.
  3. Select a directory to save the file ConferoQRCode.jpg.
  4. Print a copy of ConferoQRCode.jpg and keep it handy OR copy ConferoQRCode.jpg to your cell phone and ensure that you can display its screen.
  5. Begin photographing your documents.
  6. Whenever you finish photographing a series of images that you would like to later view as a multi-page PDF™ document, take a photograph of your QR code (in whichever form you selected—see step 4).
  7. NOTE: Only photograph the QR code after you finish photographing your subject or file. Confero treats photographs containing QR codes as markers and deletes them during its sorting process.

Optimal QR Code Recognition

For optimal performance obey the following guidelines:

  • If you use your cell phone to display the QR code, ensure that the camera does not capture glare from overhead lighting.
  • Position the QR code so that it is straight. Confero sometimes fails to recognize angled QR codes.
  • Folded paper can compromise Confero’s QR code recognition.
  • A partially faded QR code can compromise code recognition.  Ensure that your printer has plenty of ink.

Post-Photography:

When you are ready to create PDFs™:

  1. Copy your images on your computer. NOTE: We recommend you keep a temporary copy of your files in case Confero encounters problems.
  2. Run Confero.
  1. Click “Browse” and select the directory where you placed your camera’s images before clicking “Choose.” A preview of the first image in your batch will appear in the window.
  2. Click “Analyse.” A progress bar will appear at the bottom of the window while Confero checks each image for a QR code. Depending on the number of files and your computer’s hardware, this process can take hours. Feel free to leave Confero running in the background or leave your computer while it examines each file.

NOTE: Please ensure that your operating system’s power saving settings will not sleep or turn off your computer.

When Confero finishes examining your images QR codes, a new screen will appear. Each group of images appears in a numbered list on the top-left of the window. Most users will want to name their PDFs something descriptive. (If you do not want to name your PDFs, skip to step 3)

  1. Click “1.” The first image the batch will appear. Enter the filename information into the box below and click “Create Name.”
  2. Repeat this process for each of the remaining numbers.
  3. When you are satisfied with the file names click “Create PDFs.”

A screen will appear prompting you for the directory you want your sorted file folders and PDFs to be stored in. Select the directory and click “Choose.” Depending on the number of files and your computer’s hardware, creating the PDFs can take hours. Feel free to leave Confero running in the background or leave your computer while it completes this final step.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows 7, 8 (64 bit); OS X
  • Java 7
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Internet access during installation