Readiris PRO11, Powerful OCR

box_ri11pro_new.gifReadiris PRO11 $129.99 is very powerful and easy to use “OCR software allowing you to convert your paper documents, PDF files, and image files into information you can edit, archive, and share.”

I was somewhat surprised how useful I found this application. I have said before that I am not a big PDF user but I am striving to convert as much of my old data and information into a digital format, and living in Spain where they have a love affair with generating paper for pretty much everything I have collected an unbelievable amount of Spanish language documentation over the last 4 years.

This is particularly true with all the articles that I have accumulated over the years. I have always thought the idea of scanning them into the computer pointless as although it would in theory save some space, all I would be able to do with them was read them …… or print them out, which would take me back to square 1. The real beauty of Readiris PRO11 is that after a very simple scan to import the document, or importantly for me the image, there is one simple task to complete. Click “recognise and save” and the world is pretty much your oyster as the newly converted digital file can be sent to a wide range of application for editing, manipulation and inclusion in pretty much whatever task you are doing.

I found it very fast, accurate and easy to use. Most surprising for me was that I found it really really useful. If you have any old PDF’s, images, or documents you want to scan in and manipulate you could do at a lot worse than take a look.

Key Information

# Everything you expect from the most powerful OCR software
Readiris™ Pro 11 is the best solution for home and professional users. Save an incredible amount of time when converting any paper, PDF, or image document into digital files you can edit, archive, and share.
# Convenient interval scanning mode
Manually set the time interval between scans to greatly simplify the scanning process for multi-page documents on a flatbed scanner.
# Input formats
Readiris™ Pro opens the most commonly used images (JPEG, BMP, TIFF, etc.) and PDF files. It supports the compression formats DjVu and JPEG 2000 .
# Perfect table creation – NEW SPREADSHEETML
The new Microsoft format SpreadsheetML is supported. Based on XML, it generates richer editing and formatting of Excel files optimized for Windows Office 2003. Your tables are perfectly reproduced in Excel 2003, retaining the text and the colored background.
# Powerful PDF support
1. Create PDF files
Readiris™ Pro converts your incoming faxes, letters, or any paper documents into fully searchable PDF files at blazing speed! Share or archive your PDF files in up to 4 different types of PDF outputs: Image over Text, Text over Image, Text only, Image only.
2. Edit your PDF into Word, Excel, etc.
Turn your PDF files into Word, Excel or any of the supported output format!
# Capture handprinted notes
Digitize your handprinted notes thanks to I.R.I.S.’s latest technology. Simply follow the provided instructions and take advantage of this unique feature!
# Barcode recognition
Automatic recognition of 23 different types of barcodes, even 2-D barcodes! The information contained in your barcode is automatically retyped into your application.
# Intuitive and more functional user interface
Readiris™ Pro logical interface is the easiest to use of any OCR software on the market. 21 interface languages allow users to interact with the application in their own language.
# Open format compatibility
Perfect compatibility with open source office suites ‘OpenOffice’ and ‘StarOffice 8’.
# New optimized engine for speed or accuracy
The new OCR engine of Readiris™ Pro is optimized for speed or accuracy.
# New version of Autoformat™ technology
I.R.I.S.’ powerful Autoformat™ technology retains color backgrounds, text, and underlined text. Improved formatting of columned documents perfectly retains the original lay-out.
# Support of WordML and SpreadsheetML
Readiris™ Pro 11 supports Microsoft’s new format WordML and SpreadsheetML for a better lay-out reproduction and easier editing of your office documents.
# Impressive list of output files
Automatically send the recognized document into your favorite application such as: Word, Excel, Acrobat (PDF), Internet Explorer (HTML), Microsoft’s new WordML and SpreadsheetML or save it as an external file.
# Smart tools for easier use!
– Right-click any text zone to directly send it to your clipboard-Quickly print an overview of your scanned documents, in thumbnails, such as in MS PowerPoint
– Automatically attaches recognized documents to a new e-mail for even easier information sharing
– Right-click any image or PDF in Explorer to instantly load it in Readiris™ Pro

Recognized languages
The Best Multilingual OCR Software
– Recognizes more than 120 foreign languages
– New OCR languages: Moldovan, Bosnian (Cyrillic and Latin), Tetum, Swiss-German and Kazak
– For each language, I.R.I.S. develops its own in-house dictionary built for better integration and faster recognition.
– Offers 21 user interface languages (Arabic, Brazilian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, etc.)

Recognized languages
American English, British English, Afrikaans, Albanian, Aymara, Balinese, Basque, Bemba, Bikol, Bislama, Brazilian, Breton, Bulgarian, Byelorussian, Catalan, Cebuano, Chamorro, Corsican, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Fijian, Finnish, French, Frisian, Friulian, Galician, Ganda, German, Greek, Greenlandic, Haitian (Creole), Hani, Hiligaynon, Hungarian, Icelandic, Ido, Ilocano, Indonesian, Interlingua, Irish (Gaelic), Italian, Javanese, Kapampangan, Kicongo, Kinyarwanda, Kurdish, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luxemburgh, Macedonian, Madurese, Malagasy, Malay, Maltese, Manx (Gaelic), Maori, Mayan, Minangkabau, Nahuatl, Norwegian, Numeric, Nyanja, Nynorsk, Occitan, Pidgin English, Polish, Portuguese, Quechua, Rhaeto-Roman, Romanian, Rundi, Russian, Samoan, Sardinian, Scottish (Gaelic), Serbian, Serbian (Latin), Shona, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Sotho, Spanish, Sundanese, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tahitian, Tok Pisin, Tonga, Tswana, Turkish, Ukrainian, Waray, Wolof, Xhosa, Zapotec, Zulu, Bulgarian – English, Byelorussian – English, Greek – English, Macedonian – English, Russian – English, Serbian – English, Ukrainian – English, Arabic (Readiris Pro 11 Middle-East only), Farsi (Readiris Pro 11 Middle-East only), Hebrew (Readiris Pro 11 Middle-East only) – Simplified Chinese (Readiris Pro 11 Asian only), Traditional Chinese (Readiris Pro 11 Asian only), Japanese (Readiris Pro 11 Asian only), Korean (Readiris Pro 11 Asian only).
+ Moldovan, Bosnian (Cyrillic and Latin), Tetum, Swiss-German and Kazak

System requirements
– An Intel® Pentium® based PC or equivalent is recommended.
– 128 MB RAM is recommended to process grayscale and color images
– 120 MB free disk space.
– The Windows® XP, Windows® ME, 2000, 98, NT4 with IE4 operating system.

Supported Scanners & Digital Cameras
Scanners supported: Acer, Agfa, Black Widow, Brother, Canon, Compaq, Epson, Escom, Fujitsu, Genius, HP, Kodak, Lexmark, Logitech, Microtek, Mustek, Niscan, Primax, Ricoh, Silitek, Tamarack, Umax, Visioneer, Xerox, Yellow Dragon etc. and all other Twain compliant devices.

Digital Cameras supported: Canon, Casio, Fuji, HP, Kodak – All TIFF and JPEG formats generated by digital cameras are recognized.

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