Magazine article Technology & Learning

Product: OmniPage Professional 18

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Product: OmniPage Professional 18

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www.nuance.com * Retail Price: OmniPage Professional 18, $499, Educational Price, $425.00 (JourneyEd); OmniPage 18, $150, Educational Price, $127 (JourneyEd).

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Nuance Communications, makers of the popular Dragon NaturallySpeaking software, recently released an upgrade of its flagship OmniPage OCR software for Windows. OmniPage 18 has a slew of tools to help users digitize nonsearchable text and image documents, and transform them into editable Microsoft Word, RTF, PDF, Excel, HTML, and CSV files.

QUALITY AND EFFECTIVENESS: Scanners, digital cameras, tablets like the iPad 2, and Smart phones capture printed pages as images, not editable text. OmniPage 18 makes this text editable. Not only does it recognize as many as 125 languages, it can process several types of digital formats, including files saved as PDF, CSV, DOC, XLS and more. It also handles many types of images. User Preferences allow you to choose which word processor will open the "rec ognized" document automatically after performing OCR. OmniPage 18 also lets you create searchable PDF files from image-only PDF files or files containing some text elements.

EASE OF USE: The program's Start Page option (new to OmniPage 18) helps new users get their bearings with program options, and the pre-programmed workflows serve as document processing templates that automate tasks like converting a camera image to a searchable document.

CREATIVE USE OF TECHNOLOGY: Not only does OmniPage 18 scan and convert single scanned documents, it can handle batches of documents at one time. …

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