OmniPage Pro 10 could be the best software on the planet when it comes to the nuts and bolts of scanning documents into a PC and accurately converting their words into readable text.
The reason is that OCR (optical character recognition) giant Caere merged with two other OCR powers, Calera Recognition Systems and Recognita, and also merged these companies' features into its own product.
The result: What Caere misses, Calera or Recognita often catches.
When the software is set for maximum accuracy rather than top speed, the performance is downright awesome, churning out 99 percent accurate conversions of simple black text on white paper documents.
Even tougher jobs such as dark gray ink on lighter gray paper work well.
The crowning glory of Caere Pro 10 software remains its strength in earlier renditions in allowing one to snip a page out of a magazine and create a computer document complete with all the pictures, headlines, captions, tables and other material in computer-editable form.
You need to see this to believe it, but the software delivers as promised.
While the price quoted is for upgrades, the fact is that everybody with a scanner probably qualifies, since all come with some form of OCR and the upgrade accepts any other product.
A final fillip is a feature that takes the text that is converted during scanning and then reads the words aloud on any multimedia computer, which is certain to prove a blessing for users with disabilities.
OmniPage Pro costs $499 for the full version and $99 for upgrades from previous releases. It runs under Microsoft Windows 95/98/2000. For information, call 408-395-7000 or surf to www.caere.com.