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OmniPage 17 Delivers First Scan-to-Kindle Capabilities
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Written by Amanda Green   
Tuesday, 29 December 2009

          In 2009 Nuance Communications Inc., a leading provider of speech and imaging solutions, introduced OmniPage 17, the newest version of one of the most popular optical character recognition applications for Microsoft Windows operating systems.

          OmniPage 17 comes with notable improvement in accuracy. Nuance proudly announced a 40 percent increase in accuracy compared to older versions, which allows OmniPage 17 to produce nearly impeccable results when turning paper documents into editable digital files. But one of the major improvements of the new version is the so called “Scan-to-Kindle” feature which not only provides a practical alternative to the convenience and portability of paper but actually brings advantages over it. Scan-to-Kindle allows automatical re-formatting of the scanned documents for easier reading and navigation using the Kindle 2 form-factor. In this way any distortions caused by misaligned images are automatically corrected so that the images are turned into fully editable text or searchable PDF documents which can then be sent to the Amazon Kindle electronic book reader. In addition, OmniPage 17 creates text used for the text-to-speech (TTS) read-aloud feature which is built into the Kindle 2 and other devices.
           OmniPage 17 also features an integrated into Microsoft Office “Direct OCR” button which allows for immediate conversion of paper and PDF into completely formatted documents, complete with columns, tables and graphics from within Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint. Additionally, users can capture documents, articles or images not only using scanners but also with the cameras of their mobile phones, which is another major improvement in OmniPage 17.
           Some of the other noteworthy features include an Easy Loader - a new Windows Explorer-style window which allows for fast and convenient loading of multiple files for OCR conversion, as well as the PaperPort 11 and PDF Create software, included in the Professional version of OmniPage 17, which lets users create industry-standard PDF files from any application.

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