Glypher Data

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:

  1. Discover glyphs
  2. Group glyphs into words
  3. 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:

 

Discovering glyphs

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:

Depending on the confidence value of a symbol associated with a glyph GlyphViewer will use different colors for drawing the bounding box in the image view. As you can see in 8 the glyph has a high confidence value and is shown in green. Near it you can see a glyph with a low confidence value in a gray bounding box. At any time you can remove a glyph and all it's symbols by clicking on its bounding box as in 8 the clicking on the Remove button in 2. You can also edit the glyph's value by clicking on it's bounding box. More information about this can be found in Glyph View.

 Recognizing words

After discovering some glyphs in the image, either manual or through an OCR engine, and associated some symbols to those glyphs, it's time to start to convert them into words. This is a paid feature of GlyphViewer application, each word in worth 1 credit. More information about this can be found at 1. Becoming a glypher.

In any case now it's time to see if we can add some meaning to the found glyphs. This stage can be done through the language dialog.