Google Desktop Plug-In Enables PDF Search
ScanSoft provides a plug-in that can scan text PDFs as well as index and search image-based documents such as faxes and paper scans.The Google Desktop utility went live Monday, after about a six-month beta cycle. The 1.0 release supports PDF search, for the first time. Moreover, ScanSoft has brought to market a beta plug-in called OmniPage Search Indexer that not only supports PDFs containing text, but also can OCR and index image-based PDFs with scanned text and return the results on a locally served Google-type page. "Were very pleased to be one of the first developers to work with Google and their new API to enable this," said Robert Weideman, senior vice president of marketing and product strategy for ScanSofts Productivity Applications Division. eWEEK.coms Steven Vaughan-Nichols puts Google Desktop Search 1.0 through its paces. Read his review here.
Weideman added that OmniPage Search Indexer also handles other image file formats such as BMP, MAX and TIFF. "We see this as an important event [for ScanSoft] and one were evaluating, should we decide to support OmniPage Search Indexer with other desktop search products."