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Open Converter API Overview

CES converters are responsible for extracting content and metadata from the documents gathered by the CES connectors. Once a document is converted, it can be added to the index to make it available for user queries. While CES comes with a fully functional conversion process, it can easily be enhanced and tweaked using open converters, preconversion scripts and postconversion scripts.  

Open Converters

CES native converters support the document types listed in Supported File FormatsOpen converters are VBScripts or JScripts that convert a document from an unsupported format to a format for which CES has a native converter. This functionality enables CES to index documents from any format.

Preconversion and Postconversion Scripts

Conversion scripts are VBScripts or JScripts used to manipulate document content and metadata before (preconversion) or after (postconversion) conversion. For example, conversion scripts can be used to update the extracted key concepts of documents. Two types of conversion scripts exist: global and source scripts. Global scripts apply to all the sources indexed; whereas, source scripts only apply to a single source. Only one global preconversion and postconversion script can be applied to the index at a time; moreover, only one source preconversion and postconversion script can be applied per source.

 See also: What are Converters?, What are Open Converters?, Conversion Scripts Overview, What Are the Conversion Phases?