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Old 04-27-2008, 02:33 PM   #6
RJ Emery
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Originally Posted by Howard Allen View Post
You'd better test the trial version of any OCR software you're thinking of buying, to make sure it'll do what you want. I can't give any specific recommendations ...
I really don't use PDF creation and OCR capabilities all that often, perhaps just once a month -- and each time, I encounter one show stopper or another.

From other recently uncovered shortcomings, I now realize I should have purchased Acrobat Professional rather than the Standard version. I compared the feature list of the two products, and not knowing any better, falsely concluded the Pro version had features I really don't need, opting then to purchase just the Standard version. How wrong I was.

With OCR software, I really can't predict what I need, nor do I know enough to truly undersand what one product offers vis-*-vis another. I simply have to go with whatever is affordable and otherwise highly recommended by others, take what I get and hope it will do what I require when the need arises.

With OCR, there are only three choices:

1) ABBYY FineReader Pro at $400 is too expensive for my budget.

2) Nuance OmniPage Pro 16 is affordable at $90 and is the successor to the PaperPort SE 9 that I have. However, I am not impressed with PaperPort. For one reason, the W98 version of the same software was more robust and usable than the same implementation when re-installed on my new XP system.

3) That leaves IRIS ReadIRIS Pro 11 at $110. I will most likely go with it.

RJ Emery, Eastern USA
WordPerfect 8 User on XP Pro SP3 System
OCR ScanSoft PaperPort SE v9 on
Brother MFC-8840DN Printer/Scanner/Fax
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