OmniPage Update Adds Speech Features
The updated OCR software also boosts improved accuracy for the conversion of paper documents and images into electronic form.ScanSoft Inc. on Tuesday released a new version of its OmniPage optical character recognition software that incorporates new speech technologies and improves the accuracy of converting scanned documents into electronic ones. With OmniPage Pro 14 Office, ScanSoft has incorporated its automatic speech recognition technology into the product. It allows a user to speak commands in order to initiate OmniPage workflow processes and to conduct proofing of documents by voice, said Chris Strammiello, director of product marketing at ScanSoft, of Peabody, Mass. The latest OmniPage release also makes use of ScanSofts text-to-speech technology so that users can output converted documents or scans into speech in the form of WAV files, Strammiello said.
ScanSoft in recent years has bolstered its speech technology offerings through a series of acquisitions. Most recently, in August, it completed the acquisition of leading speech vendor SpeechWorks International Inc. OmniPage itself came into the ScanSoft fold through the acquisition of Caere Corp. in 2000, Strammiello said. OmniPage has become ScanSofts main focus in the optical character recognition (OCR) arena, though it continues to offer an entry-level software product called TextBridge.