The main benefit of using GlyphViewer application is that it allows users to generate and build their own text from parts of a image, build translations, identify glyphs from ancient languages. Basically this process is structured into 3 parts:
- Discover glyphs
- Group glyphs into words
- Use the found words to create translations
The user will have to use the dialog forms functionality on the right side to apply the above steps. Let's take a quick look on how the application looks with all forms opened:
The first thing you need to do after you added your image to the project is to start to generate glyphs.
Glyphs are basically characters that form a language. For a latin language they would be letters, numbers. For ancient languages, such as hieroglyphs, the would be signs in the image such as a bird, hand and so on.
In GlyphViewer application glyphs have a coresponding area, and they can have have one or more symbols associated from different languages with a degee of confidence. A glyph may have more than one symbol because you may not be sure of which one is corect (for example for incomplete glyphs).
You have the ability to either manually identify glyphs or use an OCR (optical character recognition) method to allow GlyphViewer to identify them for you.
OCR accuracy greatly depends on the image's resolution and how the character distinguashes from the background image. So if you will be using this method always check your results.
The easiest way to start building glyphs in your image is to use the 1. Identify Glyphs option from the 2Glyph menu, or use the buttons on the upper right side. You will need to open 2 dialog forms on the left as seen in the image:
- language dialog will allow you to automatically recognize glyphs using an OCR technology. All you need to do is select a language you believe the glyphs belong to in 3 then click on the Select Area button. A rectungular transparent selection area will appear over the image, like the one at 11.