by November 17, 2005 0 comments

Have you ever wanted to use the printed material immediately on your computer for your reports or just for editing? Nuance OmniPage Pro14 is just the product that fits this need. The OCR software is meant for everyone who needs to covert hard copy documents into editble text, whether it’s a small organization or a large one. 

OmniPage Pro14 has the capability to recognize the graphics, text format and page format of the document automatically. The minimum system requirement for the Omnipage is an Intel PIII processor with 128MB RAM and 135 MB of free disk space.

The software is designed for Windows 98 SE and higher. It allows you to convert not only the scanned image into editable text but it also allows you to convert PDFs into RTF and a Word DOC to text files. OmniPage will first get the scanned image either from the scanner or from the local hard drive and perform OCR on it. Then, it would export the document to a specified destination. Customized workflows can be created to automatically perform the task at the given time, freeing you from managing the jobs yourself. The main page of its interface has a document manager, a page preview, text editor and a thumbnail image view. The document manager has the list of the jobs performed or to be performed on the image. The OCR is done on the page image for the character and image recognition after which the user can use the information of the page. A good feature of Omnipage is that the software can also be trained to recognize users’ handwriting! We found this feature to be excellent, as it recognized our handwriting after being trained. 

We also tried to make it recognize different kinds of documents. Here, it managed to recognize pure text documents, but had some zone-defining difficulties in documents with both text and graphics. In this, it can’t distinguish between an image and the text. 

The software comes with a manual which gives complete information for the installation and software. The manual is detailed enough to let you understand, configure and master the software. 

BOTTOM LINE: Overall, a really good software for organizatons wanting to digitize all their paperwork. 

Anubhav Verma

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