Filtering Documents and Files

Describes how to use Philter Studio to remove sensitive information from text.

Philter Studio has two methods of filtering documents and files, Quick Filter and Advanced Filter. The methods are available on Philter Studio's main screen under the respective tabs. The two methods are described below.

For both methods, the filtered file or document will be written to the same folder that contains the input file with _filtered appended to the file name. For example, for an input file c:\My Documents\file.txt, the filtered file will be written to c:\My Documents\file_filtered.txt.

Quick Filter

The quick filter is intended for instances in which you have one or more files in a single directory that you want to quickly filter. For more customization options use the Advanced Filter described further below on this page.

On the quick filter tab you can drag and drop one or more files to Philter Studio. When dropped, each file will be sent to Philter for identification and removal of sensitive information. The filtered file will then be written to on your computer to the output directory. By default, the output directory is the directory containing the input file but this location can be changed in the settings.

Plain text files (.txt) and Microsoft Word documents (.doc and .docx) can be dragged and dropped to be filtered with the quick filter.

When using the quick filter, the default context and default filter profile is used. These values can be customized in the settings. By default, the context is none and the filter profile is default.

Advanced Filter

The advanced filter tab provides more control over how files and documents are filtered. To filter one or more files or documents, click the Select Files and Documents to Filter button on the toolbar. A window prompting for the filter profile name and context will be shown. The values for both of these fields will be the default values as set in the settings.

To filter all files in a folder click the Select Folder tab. In this tab you can select the types of files you want to filter from the available file types by checking the respective boxes. Click the Select Folder button to pick the folder. All files matching the selected file types will be found and added to the List of Files to Process. To add additional folders repeat these steps.

To select one or more individual files to filter, click the Select File(s) tab and then click the Select Files(s) button. You can now select the files to filter. Selected files will be found and added to the List of Files to Process. To add additional files repeat these steps.

Click the Filter button to begin the filtering. Each file will be sent to Philter and the filtered file will be saved to your computer in the output directory.