Sunday, May 09, 2010

OmniPage 17 Review: Nuance's Latest OCR Software

Another year has passed and the technology for document scanning software or optical character recognition software (OCR software) in 2010 keeps getting better and better. Never before has it been easier to create, store, and edit your scanned documents. Nuance is still leading the way with their latest OCR software solution OmniPage 17.

Omnipage 17 allows you to convert your scanned documents (paper, PDF files, digital photographs) into a format that you can easily manipulate and edit. There are two versions of this product: the standard version, which is geared more towards home users, and the professional version. Let's take a look at both.

OmniPage 17 Standard Version

US Imaging - OmniPage 17
OmniPage 17 is one of the fastest and most accurate ways of transforming your paper documents, PDF files, and digital photographs into an easy-to-edit format. Documents that would take hours to retype are transformed in an instant. The standard version of OmniPage 17 has everything you liked about OmniPage 16 but packs some new features like:

  • New Hyper-Binary Conversion delivers 42% accuracy increase for scanned documents

  • 23% overall accuracy increase for PDF and digital documents

  • 99%+ accuracy for document conversion and archiving critical business documents

  • 200% faster launch speed

  • Support for the iPhone, 2-megapixel phone cameras, and the Amazon Kindle

  • Works with ANY scanner

These are just a few of the key features of OmniPage 17. One of the huge advantages of OmniPage is that the software works with any scanner you have. You're not dependent upon the software that might come with your scanner.

The standard version of OmniPage is perfect for home office users, small business users, and students. Not to mention it is also a couple hundred dollars cheaper than the professional version. You get all the power you need for a very reasonable price.

OmniPage 17 Professional Version

United States - Nuance OmniPage Professional 17
The professional version of OmniPage 17 is practically identical in all of the previous mentioned ways but does set itself apart from the standard version in that gives you the ability to do batch processing.

Batch processing allows you to schedule large volumes of files from folders or emails to be processed in real time. This allows you to leave OmniPage completely unattended to handle these large tasks. This is just one of the features that sets the professional version of OmniPage from the standard version.

The professional version is perfect for larger business organizations that require this sort of power and automation.

OmniPage for Mac Users

While OmniPage 17 is created only for PC users, Nuance has also created OmniPage Pro X for Macintosh. It's definitely worth checking out if Macs are your cup of tea.

US & Canada - OmniPage 16