Error when importing Office format documents: The Image File Format Has not been recognized

Symptoms

Error when importing documents of Office format via FlexiCapture Web API:

The Image File Format Has not been recognized

Cause

Incorrect API call. 

Resolution

Here are some troubleshooting steps:

  1. Make sure that Processing of Office documents is enabled inside Batch Type Properties:
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  2. To process MS office documents, MS office has to be installed on the server. If authentication is required for MS office, supply the credentials under the Import profile > Image processing > Authentication.
  3. To ensure the cause lays in the code, set up and trigger the Hot Folder import for the particular document: Image import profiles.
  4. If the Hot Folder import and further recognition succeed then it's a code-base issue and the code must be reviewed. Here is the code sample for Office documents import via FlexiCapture 12 API:
    using System;
    using System.IO;
    using System.Linq;
    using System.Net;

    namespace OfficeDocumentsVSwebAPI
    {
        class Program
        {

            static void Main(string[] args)
            {
                string endpoint = "http://127.0.0.1";
                string tenant = "";
                          string projectName = "Invoice Processing (AU)";
                string path = @"C:\Clients\ARM IT Group\3521-Anglican.docx";

                //Open session
                var _client = new FlexiCapture.FlexiCaptureWebServiceApiVersion1();
                tenant = !string.IsNullOrEmpty(tenant)
                    ? $"?Tenant={tenant}"
                    : string.Empty;

                _client.Url = $"{endpoint}/FlexiCapture12/Server/API/v1/Soap{tenant}";
                _client.Credentials = CredentialCache.DefaultCredentials;

                int _sessionId = _client.OpenSession(10, 12);

                //Get project
                var project = _client.GetProjects()
                    ?.FirstOrDefault(item => item.Name.Equals(projectName, StringComparison.InvariantCultureIgnoreCase))
                    ?? throw new ArgumentException($"The server has no project '{projectName}'.");

                var batch = new FlexiCapture.Batch()
                {
                    Name = "Test " + DateTime.Now.ToString("yyyy-MM-dd HH-mm-ss"),
                    BatchTypeId = 0
                };

                //Create a new batch
                int batchId = _client.AddNewBatch(_sessionId, project.Id, batch, 0);

                //Upload document
                _client.OpenBatch(_sessionId, batchId);
                using (var stream = File.Open(path, FileMode.Open, FileAccess.Read))
                {
                    FlexiCapture.File file = new FlexiCapture.File
                    {
                        Name = Path.GetFileName(path),
                        Bytes = new byte[stream.Length]
                    };
                    stream.Read(file.Bytes, 0, file.Bytes.Length);
                    _client.AddNewImage(_sessionId, batchId, file);
                }
                _client.CloseBatch(_sessionId, batchId);

                //Start recognition
                _client.ProcessBatch(_sessionId, batchId);
            }
        }
    }

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