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Subject: NEW OMNIPAGE PRO OCR SOFTWARE VERSION 7.0
Date: Mon, 29 Apr 96 08:09:39 PDT
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Subject:  CAERE ANNOUNCES IMMEDIATE AVAILABILITY OF OMNIPAGE PRO FOR WINDOWS
95; VERSION 7.0 RAISES THE BAR FOR OCR USABILITY; PROVIDES EXTENS
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Caere Announces Immediate Availability of OmniPage Pro for Windows 95; Version
7.0 Raises the Bar for OCR Usability; Provides Extens
Caere Announces Immediate Availability of OmniPage Pro for Windows 95; Version
7.0 Raises the Bar for OCR Usability; Provides Extensive Set of Windows
95-Specific Features and Powerful New Capabilities
LOS GATOS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 29, 1996--Caere Corporation
(NASDAQ:CAER), the worldwide leader in optical character recognition (OCR)
technology, today announced the immediate availability of OmniPage (R) Pro for
Windows 95 Version 7.0, a major new upgrade to the world's number one selling
OCR software. OmniPage Pro eliminates the need to retype information and
converts paper based documents and on-line faxes into editable text for use in
word processing and other text-based applications. A native Windows 95 based
application, Version 7.0 provides unprecedented OCR ease of use features and
includes an extensive set of new Windows 95-specific capabilities. OmniPage Pro
also includes other new capabilities that add to the product's robust feature
set. OmniPage Pro leads the industry with OCR accuracy and innovative features
like OCR Wizards, OLE `in-place editing,' and unattended schedule OCR.
OmniPage Pro for Windows 95 is available in a retail upgrade version for $129
and a non-upgrade version for $499 (a). The $129 retail upgrade product is
available to owners of any Caere OCR product (including all versions of OmniPage
or WordScan (R)) purchased by itself or received bundled with most flatbed and
edge-fed scanners, including the Hewlett-Packard ScanJet series. The $129 retail
upgrade is available at major resellers including Egghead, CompUSA, Computer
City, Best Buy, and OfficeMax.
Version 7.0 Raises the Bar for OCR Usability
With a major focus on usability, Caere has included innovative features to make
OCR extremely easy. Version 7.0 includes an enhanced AutoOCR Toolbar, the
industry's first OCR Wizard, Microsoft (R) Office compatibility, and other key
features that raise the bar for OCR usability.
`OmniPage Pro has been a major force in driving OCR to mainstream adoption by
providing key enhancements in accuracy and lowering the price of full-featured
OCR for most scanner owners,` said Kristy Holch, a leading analyst of the
scanning and image capture market and Principal of InfoTrends, an analyst firm
in Plymouth, MA. `In the most recent version, Caere is providing major
ease-of-use enhancements that make OCR easy to learn and use for even the less
technical, mainstream computer user.` New Usability features include:
- - -- an expanded AutoOCR Toolbar (TM) that guides the user through the major steps
of the OCR process including Loading/Scanning, Zoning, Recognizing, and now
Saving. Version 7.0 adds a Save As button to complete the OCR process and allows
the user to easiy save output text in a variety of word processing,
spreadsheet, and other text-based formats. The Toolbar also includes a new `Load
from Exchange` option to easily open faxes from the Exchange Inbox and a new
`OCR and Check` option that automatically launches the `Check Recognition`
feature to verify the output text immediately after recognition is complete. The
Toolbar offers the flexibility to control sophisticated OCR settings easily
while providing one-button automatic processing of image documents.
- - -- the OCR Wizard that interactively guides the user through the entire OCR
process. The OCR Wizard asks the user simple questions and performs OCR based on
the answers. OmniPage Pro also includes the Installation Wizard that assists
the user in the installation of the software and scanning peripherals.
- - -- Microsoft Office Compatibility, which makes OmniPage Pro immediately familiar
to users of Microsoft Office by providing similar menu structures, toolbar
icons, dialog boxes, and commands as Microsoft Office. Users benefit from a
consistent look and feel of the programs with which they are already familiar.
- - -- Thumbnail Representations of document images open in OmniPage Pro. The
thumbnail views increase the manageability of multipage OCR jobs.
- - -- Advanced Windows 95 Help including Hover Help, ToolTips, and Tip of the Day.
OmniPage Pro Takes Full Advantage of Windows 95
A native Windows 95 based application, OmniPage Pro goes beyond basic Windows 95
based conventions like; long file names, floating toolbars, and tabbed dialog
boxes, and provides sophisticated features that allow the user to take full
advantage of the capabilities available in Windows 95.
`OmniPage Pro for Windows 95 includes sophisticated Windows 95 features like
integration into the Exchange Inbox and OLE in-place editing, allowing users to
take greater advantage of Windows 95,` said Chad Kinzelberg, vice president of
marketing. OmniPage Pro provides Windows 95-specific features that users expect
from the OCR market leader. New Windows 95-specific features include:
- - -- Designed for Windows 95. OmniPage Pro is a native Windows 95 based
application and provides both a 32-bit bit OCR engine and application interface.
- - -- OCR Aware (TM) (previously Direct Input (TM)) that allows OmniPage Pro to be
accessed directly from within native Windows 95 text-based applications,
including Word 7.0. OmniPage Pro adds an `OCR Aware` option to the File menu of
most text-based applications for easy access of OCR capabilities.
- - -- Seamless Integration with Microsoft Exchange that enables users to easily
convert received faxes in the Microsoft Exchange Inbox into editable text.
OmniPage Pro replaces the Microsoft Exchange Fax Viewer and offers the basic
rotate, zoom, print, and save capabilities of the Fax Viewer. OmniPage Pro adds
functionality beyond these basic capabilities by converting faxes into editable
text. Users can double-click on a fax file in the Microsoft Exchange Inbox or
load Microsoft Exchange faxes directly in OmniPage Pro for automatic conversion
- - -- OLE Support for both `in-place' editing and automation. With `in-place'
editing, OmniPage Pro acts as an OLE client. Users can work with graphics in
recognized documents using an image editor that supports OLE. Automation allows
the user to easily drag a page onto any text-based application that is an OLE
drop target for automatic conversion to text. Users can also drag document
images into OmniPage Pro for processing.
- - -- Property Sheet Support that allows the user to `right click' on any image on
the Desktop or in Explorer to convert that image to text with the click of a
button. Using Windows shell extensions, OmniPage Pro adds a `Convert To ...`
option to the image file's right click context sensitive menus.
- - -- Basic Windows 95 Conventions including support for long files names,
pre-emptive multitasking, tabbed dialog boxes, floating toolbars, and Uninstall.
Version 7.0 Includes Additional New Features
OmniPage Pro for Windows 95 also includes new capabilities that add to the
product's robust feature set. Version 7.0 allows the user to work with graphics
using most major image-editing applications and also provides hypertext markup
language (HTML), output capabilities, enhancements to Caere's True Page
technology, and new Schedule OCR. New features include:
- - -- Image Editor Integration that enables the user to use most popular Windows
based image editors to manipulate graphics in a scanned document. Simply
double-clicking on a graphic in a scanned document accesses most of the popular
Windows based image editors including Adobe PhotoShop, CorelDRAW/PhotoPaint,
Micrografx Picture Publisher, and Microsoft Paint (TM). OmniPage Pro will use
OLE 2.0 integration with OLE-compliant image editors. Otherwise, OmniPage Pro
will launch the appropriate application and update the image upon closing.
- - -- HTML Output Capability that facilitates the creation of Web pages and
provides basic HTML formatting like bold, underline, and italic. Caere's
OmniPage Pro 6.0 for Macintosh (shipped January 1996), was the first software
application to convert paper based information directly in HTML.
- - -- Improved Editability in True Page (TM), a page-format retention technology
pioneered by Caere, that maintains text and graphics in their original page
layout. Version 7.0 improves the editability of output text with a Remove Frames
on Export option that reduces the number of `frames` when the output text is
placed into major word processing applications. Users will benefit from text in
- - -- Schedule OCR that allows the user to schedule a time to automatically OCR
documents. The user identifies document images on the hard drive or documents on
the scanner and schedules a convenient time for processing. At the appropriate
time, OmniPage Pro will load identified images or scan documents and then
automatically zone, OCR, and save output text to a selected destination. System
OmniPage Pro for Windows 95 Version 7.0 requires Microsoft Windows 95 or the
Windows NT (R) operating system 3.51 and a minimum of 15 MB free hard disk
space, 8 MB RAM for Windows 95 and 12 MB RAM for Windows NT, a 386-based or
higher PC, a Windows 95-compatible pointing device, and a 3.5-inch high-density
floppy disk drive.
OmniPage Pro for Windows 95 Version 7.0 includes support for over 100 flatbed
and edge-fed, black and white, grayscale, and color scanners, including the HP
ScanJet series. Pricing and Availability
OmniPage Pro for Windows 95 version 7.0 is available immediately at all major
Current owners of any Caere OCR product (including all versions of OmniPage or
WordScan purchased by themselves or bundled with a scanner) are eligible to
upgrade to OmniPage Pro for Windows 95 for $129 by purchasing Caere's retail
upgrade packages. The upgrade packages are available at major resellers,
including Egghead, CompUSA, Computer City, Best Buy, OfficeMax or directly from
Users who purchased OmniPage Pro 6.0 after November 13, 1995, and April 29,
1996, (with proof of purchase) are eligible for a free upgrade to OmniPage Pro
for Windows 95. Users should contact Caere by May 15, to be eligible for the
Caere can be reached at 1-800-535-7226 x110. The Company
Caere Corporation, with U.S. headquarters in Los Gatos, Calif. and European
headquarters, Caere GmbH, in Munich, Germany, is the leader in OCR technology
and a leading developer of desktop form processing and document management
products. Caere's products include the OmniPage and WordScan lines of OCR
software that convert printed and faxed documents into electronic text; the
PageKeeper line of Windows based document management software that effortlessly
retrieves a wide range of information from virtually any source; OmniForm, which
converts paper forms to electronic format; the M/Series high-speed, high-volume
OCR hardware and software for commercial applications; and a broad array of OCR
and bar code readers that accelerate transaction processing. (a) Expected
street prices may vary among resellers, and prices may vary outside of the U.S.
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Note to Editors:
Trademark References: Caere, OmniPage, Image Assistant, PageKeeper, and WordScan
are registered trademarks, and Language Analyst, True Page, Direct Input, 3D
OCR, AutoOCR Toolbar, OmniForm, and M/Series are trademarks of Caere
Corporation. Microsoft Windows and Windows NT are either registered trademarks
or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation, in the United States and/or other
countries. Paintbrush is a trademark of WordStar Atlanta Technology Center.
Other products named may be trademarks of their respective manufacturers and are
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