Ligature Software Releases New OCR Packages

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Ligature Software, Inc. has released a groundbreaking optical character recognition (OCR) software package--CharacterEyes for Windows release 2.5. CharacterEyes offers "one-button" simplicity and excellent recognition accuracy at less than half the price of competing products, according to Ligature.

CharacterEyes is priced at $49.95 ($79.95 retail with a $30 manufacturer's rebate). CharacterEyes incorporates advanced neural network technology that allows users to capture text at up to 300 characters/ second with a very high level of recognition accuracy.

CharacterEyes reads documents that commonly give users trouble, such as faxes, small and large typefaces, dot-matrix text, and degraded documents. Character Eyes supports all Western European character sets, and it is the only OCR product on the market that supports Hebrew characters.

With CharacterEyes, a click on a mouse button scans in a document. The software then analyzes the page layout and recognizes the text. Users can export the text directly into their word processor, retaining all original text and page attributes such as point size, tabs, margins, and bold and italic formatting. CharacterEyes also allows direct scanning from Windows applications.

CharacterEyes supports all major scanners and image file formats, as well as the TWAIN industry scanning standard. The software also incorporates Hewlett-Packard Co.'s AccuPage scanning technology, which can scan from colored or stained backgrounds and recognize small typefaces.

CharacterEyes requires less than 3 MB of hard disk space and 4 MB of RAM, so a 486 computer can accommodate the software without requiring additional memory. CharacterEyes runs in 32-bit mode, allowing users to capture text faster than with most traditional OCR packages.

For those users with more advanced OCR requirements, Ligature has also released CharacterEyes Pro for Windows ($495 retail), a full-featured, 32-bit standalone program. The professional version offers the functionality and ease-of-use of CharacterEyes, plus a collection of high-end features geared toward individuals who rely heavily on OCR and often have more specialized needs. …

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