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81. Presto! OCR Pro 4 Newsoft
$49.99 $49.88 list()
82. GMP ABBYY SCAN TO OFFICE ( STOFBW10
$299.99 $289.95 list()
83. FASTTRACK SCHEDULE 8.0 SINGLE
$89.99 $24.99 list($99.95)
84. Readiris Pro 7.0
$29.88 list($69.95)
85. Documents To Go Premium 5
$352.99 $339.99
86. Readiris Pro 10 Corporate Edition
$19.99 $17.88 list()
87. IMSI FORMTOOL 2004
$29.99 $28.44 list()
88. More MacFonts (Mac)
$26.99 $6.00 list()
89. Handmark Tetris Game Pack
$149.88
90. I.R.I.S. Business Card Reader
$16.99 $14.95 list($19.99)
91. Formulator 2.5 - Forms Software
$29.99 $25.97
92. Mac Fonts 2 (Mac)
$13.40
93. WEDDING ALBUM
$19.99 $17.88
94. Business Cards Plus Letterhead
$39.99 $17.00 list($49.95)
95. PowerPDF 2.0
$155.00 list($199.00)
96. Goldmine 6.0 Business Contact
$49.95 $46.91
97. Solid Converter PDF To Word
$9.95 $7.75
98. Printshop Resume Pro (Jewel Case)
$98.95 list($99.99)
99. Abbyy FineReader 5.0 Pro OCR
$59.95
100. G7 PRODUCTIVITY VersaCheck 2004

81. Presto! OCR Pro 4 Newsoft

Asin: B000053U5B
Catlog: Software
Publisher: NewSoft America, Inc.
Sales Rank: 10386
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82. GMP ABBYY SCAN TO OFFICE ( STOFBW10 )

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Asin: B00064V6VW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Global Marketing Partners
Sales Rank: 3733
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83. FASTTRACK SCHEDULE 8.0 SINGLE

our price: $299.99
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Asin: B00006H34S
Catlog: Software
Publisher: AEC Software
Sales Rank: 5126
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84. Readiris Pro 7.0
list price: $99.95
our price: $89.99
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Asin: B00005YTQT
Catlog: Software
Publisher: I.R.I.S.
Sales Rank: 1294
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

With the Readiris Pro series, I.R.I.S. has taken a quick, accurate OCR program and given it the ability to detect page layout and reproduce images. Readiris Pro 7.0 does a decent job at what it's supposed to do, but it's not without a fair number of flaws and flukes.

The problems for us started with installation. Readiris Pro didn't recognize our Microtek flatbed scanner when we went through the otherwise handy setup wizard. It did, however, when we asked it to check out our TWAIN drivers through the File menu. When we were further plagued, this time by error dialogs, we were told by I.R.I.S. tech support that XP users need a patch, which is available through the cluttered I.R.I.S. Web site.

Readiris Pro, like any OCR program, scans a document and then imports it into a word processing program such as Microsoft Word. The program scans text-only documents with alarming accuracy, and its error count is reduced by an interactive learning feature that verifies letters it doesn't understand. It faithfully recreates double-column text, and even text scattered in little blocks, newspaper style.

Readiris Pro is supposed to be able to grab pages with images and recreate them with similar ease, but it had trouble with some of the pages we scanned. Sometimes it saw parts of logos--which should come through as graphics--as letters. Stylized lettering gave the program recognition trouble. In one case, it saw a table as a graphic, making it impossible to edit in Word.

Through its problems, Readiris Pro is a workable OCR program, but it's worth your time to check out reviews of its competition. --Joel Durham, Jr. ... Read more

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Value for Home User
Readiris Pro 7 installed smoothly into Windows XP Home Edition on a Clean Boot, as recommended in Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 310353. It interfaces with many, possibly most, common word-processing software. The scanning and interpretation process is quick at the recommended 300 dpi level (my Epson scanner is on a USB 2.0 port.) Initial, out-of-box, accuracy seems to improve by tweaking the contrast and brightness options and hopefully will continue to improve by using the "learn" option of interpreting data which it questions. At Amazon's current price it's a good value for a home user! ... Read more


85. Documents To Go Premium 5
list price: $69.95
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Asin: B00006IZB4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Dataviz
Sales Rank: 2653
Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other files on your handheld with Documents to Go. You can also open PDF files, e-mail and attachments, pictures and graphics, and Excel charts. Increase your productivity by creating and editing documents on the go, and work smarter by having instant access to contracts, price lists, forecasts, presentations files, PDF documents, and more.

Documents to Go Premium has all the applications you need in one package:

  • Word to Go lets you create, view, and edit Word and other word processing file formats, including functions like tables, color, bullets, and numbering
  • Sheet to Go makes it easy to create, view, and edit Excel and other spreadsheet file formats with support for over 110 Excel functions.
  • Slideshow to Go lets you open, create, and edit PowerPoint files
  • PDF to Go makes it easy to open PDF documents and manuals
  • DataViz Mail allows you to open e-mail and attachments
  • Pics to Go is an easy way to view all your favorite pictures and graphics
  • Charting makes it easy to view, edit, and create Excel-like charts
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Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Excel Word Viewer For Palm I Have Ever Used!!!
This is by far the best Palm Excel / Word viewer I have ever used! I consider myself to be an intermediate/advanced PC user maintaining over 35 PCs... Take it from a stressed out Facility Manager, I do not have time or spare stress to mess around with junk software. A reviewer noted a problem with DTG not uploading data to his PC. Please note I only need this program as a viewer, and I do not make any changes to the file on the Palm. This potential problem aside, once I installed the program, and loaded my 15 sheet Excel program, I had navigation and all functions I needed mastered in two minutes WITHOUT THE INSTRUCTION MANUAL! >>TinySheet for Excel, which is a different program, bashing begins here>>. I have SUFFERED for more that a year with TinySheet. The Sync never worked correctly. I had to manually add the Excel document to the upload manager which crashed the computer after sync, reboot the PC, and it may work. To update the file I had to delete the file from upload manager, sync without it, and manually add it back in the upload manager to FORCE it to upload. TinySheet bad Documents to Go 5 Good! >>Mobile DB for Excel Bashing Begins Here>>. Since my job is about to double, I WAS (before discovering DTG) looking for something more reliable and less frustrating. I installed Mobile DB for Excel. It seemed to work, but it ONLY supports ONE sheet within Excel (I use 15 sheets), AND each file has to be manually saved as a CSV (comma separated) file which made this program a failure for my needs. I wasted $30.00 on that one... Mobile DB for Excel bad Documents to Go 5 Good! -Psalm 64, God Bless Our Troops!

5-0 out of 5 stars Creating Documents and Printing from my Palm PDA
I use Docs To Go strictly for word processing, and version 5.0 is definitely an improvement. Typefaces can now be chosen on the PDA; and text is shown in the typeface selected -- which definitely goes a long way towards improving readability. There are also more formatting options (such as bullet points and paragraph indenting). Color is also available either in type or as a background. The net effect is to make document creation (rather than just document modification) a real Palm capability.

The new software works great in both my Palm m515 and Sony Clie. And on the Clie, with its higher resolution color screen, documents look even better.

The only negative I have is that the "go to start (or end) of the document" command has been deleted to make room for the formatting options. I don't miss it as much, however, on my Clie which has a scroll wheel for moving quickly up or down the page.

As an add-on, I also like to print from my Palm using BtPrint (available at iscomplete.net), which will output from Docs To Go 5.0, as well as from my Palm's calendar, address book, memo and to do list. BtPrint will transmit via either Bluetooth or infrared (IR) from my Palm, and in IR from my Clie. I dispatch wirelessly to any one of the Bluetooth or infrared printers I have in my home or office, (using HP's excellent and reliable 990, 995, 1315 and 450 models, to be precise).

As a watch-out, BtPrint will not work with the Palm 5.0 operating system, so printing from either the Tungsten T or Sony's newest units is not yet an option.

I am, overall, quite happy. I can now create presentation quality documents on my Palm when I'm at home or while traveling - without having to take my bulky laptop computer with me. And when I use the new Palm ultra-slim keyboard, with its sleek, high-tech styling -- I'm the envy of all that I survey.

I also recently discovered that Avery (labels) has made a Palm PDA label printing software available as a free download (at Avery.com) - which, like BtPrint, will output via Bluetooth or IR to the above same printers. I've used it - and it works great!

In conclusion, why use a laptop to create a document - when using a Palm PDA is so much more convenient? Docs To Go 5.0 is definitely the way to go!

5-0 out of 5 stars Keeps getting better...
I started using Docs To Go at version 3 years ago on a IIIxe and I am now up to version 5 running on a Clie SJ-20. I'm a university professor and carry my Clie with me everywhere. With Docs To Go I can carry with me all the information about my courses and research. Most of the time I need it with me to keep it available in case I need to check something, but it also happens every day that I enter information on the Clie to especially Word and Excel files. I also love the feature of taking with me Powerpoint and PDF files. I tried QuickOffice but for me and my use Docs To Go wins on K.O.

5-0 out of 5 stars Uno de los mejores softwares creados para la Palm
Antes de conocer este producto mi deseo era comprar una Computadora Portatil, el unico incoveniente era el precio y tamaƱo, ya que la necesitaba para llevar algunos apuntes importantes de la clase y para tener los e-mails, ademas de una agenda y directorio telefonico. Lo unico que necesitaba utilizar era un procesador de texto y algun programa que soportara mi imagenes (power point), baje la version demo del internet y es lo mejor que podido hacer para tener todos mi apuntes en orden, al mismo tiempo que puedo crear mis presentaciones estando en universidad y revisar mi correo electronico, al mismo tiempo que modificar cualquier documento y trabajarlos simultaneamente en la computadora y en la Palm, a diferencia de la competencia Pocket, todo lo que uno edita en la Palm, se edita en la computadora y visceversa... Pienso que es uno de los mejores software que han podido inventar si lo unico que uno quiere es un procesador de palabras y tener sus presentaciones con uno, sin mencionar los otros programas para ver las fotos de la familia y el excel...

5-0 out of 5 stars Does what it's supposed to
I had another program for my MS office files but after the formatting got blown away a few times I bought Documents To Go. I've never been let down by this product, it just works. When I bought my Tungsten I bought version 5.0 Premium because of the rebate and it's better than ever. They did a nice job with the word processor and added some other good (less used) features. I use this everyday and would be lost without it, I highly
recommended it. It's a little pricey but the old saying is true, you get what you pay for. ... Read more


86. Readiris Pro 10 Corporate Edition
list price: $352.99
our price: $352.99
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Asin: B0008GQL7W
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: I.R.I.S.
Sales Rank: 11045
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Product Description

Rediris Pro 10 OCR Software Convert you paper documents and PDF files into editable text Readiris Pro 10 OCR software performs all the tedious retyping work for you in no time. Simply recognize your documents with Readiris Pro and within seconds you have an editable copy of it.Readiris Pro 10 recognizes scanned paper documents, PDF files and all popular image file format and turns them into word processor, spreadsheet, pdf, web pages, xml... files.Imagine how easily you could share and archive all your documents and spend your retyping time for more productive tasks!Readiris Pro 10 is a major release and features more than 40 improvements over previous versions. The power of the new OCR software boosts text recognition accuracy to an unprecedented level! - 30% increase in OCR accuracy! - Up to 200 times faster than manually retyped documents! - Intuitive and logically designed User Interface. Anybody can use Readiris Pro 10 instantly! - New barcodes recognition - More versatile PDF creation - More output choices and application compatibility - New capital hand printed text, numbers and symbols recognition - Reads and creates Jpg 2000 - And much more! In other words, with Readiris Pro 10, all your paper documents will be recognized and converted to editable text faster, easier and more accurately than ever before! ... Read more


87. IMSI FORMTOOL 2004

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Asin: B0000TFCEK
Catlog: Software
Publisher: IMSI
Sales Rank: 6838
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88. More MacFonts (Mac)

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Asin: B000227RMU
Catlog: Software
Publisher: macXware
Sales Rank: 2971
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89. Handmark Tetris Game Pack

our price: $26.99
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Asin: B0000CEYX2
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Handmark, Inc.
Sales Rank: 9577
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90. I.R.I.S. Business Card Reader ( Windows/Macintosh )

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Asin: B0006J0IAW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: I.R.I.S.
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Features

  • Update your address book instantly, using Outlook, Palm Lotus Notes, ACT! and other popular tools
  • Recognizes characters from up to 50 countries
  • Scan & display your own business cards in color
  • Synchronizes with your PDA and contact management tools

91. Formulator 2.5 - Forms Software
list price: $19.99
our price: $16.99
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Asin: B00005UE95
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Global Village, Inc.
Sales Rank: 5189
Average Customer Review: 2.33 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

With Formulator, you can scan forms, complete them onscreen, and print the finished form in no time. Choose from printing your data onto the original, or print a copy of the form with your entries included. Formulator offers nothing short of precision printing within your original form layout. Boxed letters are no problem. Field positioning is freely adjustable and mouse controlled. You set field order and criteria. Best of all, automatic completion of data fields, such as date and time, makes the entire process a breeze. ... Read more

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars This program rock!
I wuv this program, very nice. Much better than Winforms and I am even member of company! Very nice, yes. Very nice.

1-0 out of 5 stars Horrible Product
Horrible software program, however better than it's top competitor Zipform. Try getting THAT program to work. Good luck!! Error-mania.

1-0 out of 5 stars Lousy Customer Service
This software was unable to operate with my system configuration and Global Village Inc., has refused to refund my monies even though the software was sent back to them. Don't buy this product. ... Read more


92. Mac Fonts 2 (Mac)
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B0007RPW40
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: SUMITOMO CORP OF AMERICA
Sales Rank: 8437
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Cross-platform compatibility between Mac & PC
  • All new Classic, Refined & Designer font styles with extended font families
  • International character set, including Euro symbol
  • New FontManager that can view installed fonts in TrueType, Postscript & OpenType format
  • Improved language support and smaller font file size

Reviews (1)

3-0 out of 5 stars MacFonts 2
I am an amateur to the world of mac /computers in general, so with that being said... I have chosen, "Mac Fonts 2" for my first review!!! I found the installation to be a little confusing and very time consuming. I was hoping to be able to install all fonts at once, instead of clicking on each individual font. The good news however, is that the" Mac Fonts 2" has 1000 fonts to choose from and a great variety for whatever the occasion may be. The quick reference guide provided with this software indicates thatboth true type,and open type fonts are available; the open type format is designed to work cross platform on macs and pc's, however, you must have compatible software. I give this software a 3 for moose rating. ... Read more


93. WEDDING ALBUM

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Asin: B00006LK6D
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Victorymultimedia
Sales Rank: 11860
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94. Business Cards Plus Letterhead and Envelopes
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B0001N7SXI
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Summitsoft
Sales Rank: 2460
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Features

  • Work with a number of industry-standard templates
  • Match your cards to letterhead & envelopes
  • Customize templates, insert logos and images
  • Prints to any inkjet or laser printer
  • Works with Avery and other standard business papers

95. PowerPDF 2.0
list price: $49.95
our price: $39.99
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Asin: B00007L621
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Xelerate
Average Customer Review: 2.47 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (19)

3-0 out of 5 stars worked for 2 out of 3 files
I converted my first two files within about 15 or 20 minutes of recieving this software. The second file was an entire book with many diagrams. PowerPDF was very easy to use. The serial number was very clear and I had no problem with it. The third file that I tried to convert was also very big and complex and PowerPDF didn't convert it. I then went to the site to download the patch, but didn't find one. All these files were created with Microsoft Word 2000 and Microsoft Paint.

1-0 out of 5 stars EXTREMELY POOR piece of SOFTWARE - DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT!
Occasionally, it is possible to purchase a $49.99 program that performs many of the functions of the "REAL" program (e.g., Adobe Acrobat). Unfortunately, this is one of the WORST examples of jackleg software writing that I've had the displeasure to purchase in some 10 years. Absolutely idiotic! In addition to the FACT that the morons at XELERATE (& that's probably the way they think the word should be spelled!) provide a Serial Number that is ridiculously mixed with upper and lower case alpha-numerics, making the process of actually loading the program a bizarre exercise in frustration. Also, it appears that the code writers at DE-XELERATE have taken cues from the spelling and grammar branch of the company. It is pathetic. Folks, I rarely return software for any reason, knowing the difficulty in arguing credit for the purchase (I understand the argument)...however - this software is ridiculous. For those reasons, I'm going to give this product return venture my best shot. As a note, when attempting to read the absolutely illiterate so-called "Quick Start Guide", one discovers a myriad of mixed tenses, misspelled words, typos, and/or totally illogical sentences. In other words, this SOFTWARE and its MANUAL are awful. However, other than the problems with this software's functionality and the manual's readability, the CDROM could provide some use as a soft drink coaster, and I suppose the box could be used to help ignite a well built fire some cold evening. But believe me, these two virtues are the ONLY redeeming factors of this worthless, poorly designed, and inept piece of non-work.

2-0 out of 5 stars Indecipherable password prevents loading
These folks have topped Microsoft for hard to read software passwords. You must type in a long code containing upper case, lower case, and numerals, all mixed together and printed with a bubblejet in sanserif font. So you get i's and I's and L's and l's and O's and 0's and o's, but you can't tell which is which (it looks like lOl0, etc.) so you spend an hour trying all combos, without success. Go to their website and click on the password info page and you get testamonials about how much other customers love the program once the company gave them a password that worked. Huh? You should not have to do this! And besides, the page does not work, so you cannot send them an e-mail. There are other ways to get them, though not by phone; the company is unlisted. Just try the other websites and e-mails listed in various places on the box, the instruction booklet, and the CD sleeve. Good luck!

The program does work. I have not yet gotten it to integrate with Paperport, though I have not experimented much. I suppose I could use Paperport in the printer mode to make a direct PDF. I have been able to convert from Paperport files to PDF. The files are rather large, though.

5-0 out of 5 stars Works great under XP - No problems at all
Available for free after rebate. Couldn't pass it up.
Running windows XP.
Read the booklet!
Installation went exactly as described.
I no longer have to concern myself about wasting paper and ink and then having to store large printouts.

I expect I will find many other uses for this product.

1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible
THis program is not what I thought it would be. It is less of a program than it is a printer device. Once you edit and save .pdf files, you can no longer edit them. Thank god it was free after rebates! ... Read more


96. Goldmine 6.0 Business Contact Manager
list price: $199.00
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Asin: B00007B9NM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Goldmine Software
Sales Rank: 4072
Average Customer Review: 2.21 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

An affordable way to quickly share information, automate sales and marketing, and manage e-mail, GoldMine is a team-based contact manager. Specifically designed to help small and mid-size organizations grow, this solution reaches far beyond personal contact managers. Businesses can automate their sales and marketing activities, while utilizing powerful features that help centralize customer information. GoldMine Business Contact Manager provides results right out of the box, and can be even further customized with simple wizards. GoldMine calendar and contact information can also be synchronized with PDAs and other handheld devices. ... Read more

Reviews (14)

1-0 out of 5 stars Goldmine grew buggier over the years
We've been using Goldmine after switching from Act! several years ago. Believe it or not, but back then, Goldmine was an elegantly written software, much more stable than Act!

But since then the featurelist grew, and so did the bugs! Goldmine has given our software department (and please note that we ARE a software company) nightmares. Especially moving from its internal database format to SQL server has been painfull to say the least. Although we do have a support contract, the local reseller refuses any serious help, because they just wants to sell us consultancy hours.

It's (16 bit aging Borland based) database interface cripples the performance of our SQL server from 9000 records/sec to about 20/sec. And despite modern server, network and client PC, performance is a laugh. The amount of crashes of the GM client make the situation barely workable.

If only we had an easy way to convert to another program, we would have abandonned this badly written and badly supported program years ago. Its a shame. Without the bugs it would remain our number one choice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful - Can be a dream solution with the help of Add-Ons
I admit, I've had to give GoldMine time to grow on me. It is powerful, but unless you know sql or dbase, OR you have money to invest in a consultant, it can be a little frustrating, especially on reporting tasks. I now LOVE GoldMine, and this is largely due to finding a few select add-on products to make my life easier. For example, MasterMine software totally solved for my reporting and analytical needs (a BIG gap in GoldMine!!). Buy GoldMine for your business (it works GREAT for financial professionals using seminar marketing models, and for managing a sales force) but do yourself a favor and buy MasterMine too! You'll be much happier with your CRM tool!

5-0 out of 5 stars This is great software!
I have used many different contact management software systems in the past and Goldmine is definitely worth it's weight in gold! As an insurance agent, I have many customers who may have several different types of policies and I may send out many different types of marketing pieces based on my internal market research. Goldmine has allowed me to customize my database to gather specific information relevent to MY agency. It is not the easiest software in the world to learn but once I have invested the money in a good trainer, a world of options opened up. It's very easy to synch with Word or Excel and export client lists to labels or envelopes or form letters. It's great for running data-specific reports and has ultimately saved me thousands of man hours and money. More then worth it if you are willing to invest time and money into learning the system and all the customizable options.

2-0 out of 5 stars I give up
After trying to use Goldmine for 6 months, I finally gave up and switched to Act. Sure, you can customize to your heart's content but it was too complicated and had too many "bells and whistles" to make it practical for me and my small business. I never did figure out how to print labels or use half the features, evern after hiring a private tutor to help me out. I had to type all my addresses into a separate file for labels, etc. before importing them. So why bother doing twice the work? I'm no techno-babe but this was just too much for me. I've had Act for a month now and use it all the time, much more user-friendly for me.

1-0 out of 5 stars Goldmine Business Contact Manager
This software is a nightmare. Do not buy this. Installation was a nightmare in itself, will not read BDE. Support is not a big help. ... Read more


97. Solid Converter PDF To Word
list price: $49.95
our price: $49.95
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Asin: B0001IQN7A
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Escape Velocity
Sales Rank: 4520
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98. Printshop Resume Pro (Jewel Case)
list price: $9.95
our price: $9.95
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Asin: B00062VORK
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Riverdeep - Learning company
Sales Rank: 8139
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99. Abbyy FineReader 5.0 Pro OCR
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B00005B42L
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Abbyy USA
Sales Rank: 3302
Average Customer Review: 4.06 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

For optical character recognition (OCR) software to be more effective than hiring a fast typist, it has to be very accurate. It also helps if it can recognize a range of languages. FineReader Pro 5.0 comes with support for more than a hundred languages, although it spell checks only around 25 of the more common ones. It also recognizes programming languages like Java and Pascal.

The quality of recognition of the English texts tested was high--selected texts, from magazines, newspapers, and printouts, required little editing. FineReader Pro 5.0 saves images from the source documents as well as text, recognizes formatting such as column breaks, and will recognize tables. You can send scanned material to the clipboard for pasting into any editor you choose, or send it directly to Microsoft Word, Lotus Word Pro, Corel WordPerfect, Sun StarWriter, or Microsoft Excel. It can also be sent straight to e-mail, or saved as HTML.

The more advanced points of FineReader Pro 5.0, such as fine-tuning scanning quality for optimum results and managing tables accurately, require a little practice to master, and the interface is a bit on the cluttered side. However, for standard OCR tasks, FineReader Pro 5.0 is a useful and efficient application. --Sandra Vogel ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome.
Not a term I use too often, but prior to getting my hands on Abbyy's FineReader 5.0 Pro I was always under the impression that OCR software was a joke; an opinion bolstered by mine and others' experience of applications like Text-Bridge. Not FineReader. This stuff is in its ability to convert scanned documents into text files that can then be formatted in your word-processor. With FineReader 5.0 Pro I can do what would take me over a week - assuming I didn't go loopy in the process of transcribing it - in under an hour; converting about 20,000.00 words worth, into a useable MS-Word or RTF file.

FineReader makes very few mistakes. Some worth mentioning are the following:

Text hyphenated in order to allow a word to wrap in the original: This will give word splits with optional-hyphen symbols that will have to taken out individually in your word-processor file.

Quotation marks will default to text-editor style without any left and right handing: This can be corrected globally in a given document by ( in MS- Word ) using the replace all function and entering the normal quotation marks in the find and replace boxes. This applies to both single and double quotes.

Text set in columns with cross-column footnotes will create a line or two of rubbish, but the columns will be successfully interpreted as a single one in your word-processor document, providing you remember to save the processed file without any formatting. I reckon you should save all processed files without retaining the original formatting to make life easier.

You can also output a processed file as a PDF and an HTML page. Be sure to consider the settings for these export options, otherwise you can end up with an enormous PDF or an HTML page that won't work in older browsers.

I would also encourage a user to dispense with all the Wizard toolbars and get familiar with the commands via the menu bar. This is a better and more flexible way to work, and potentially less confusing. And buy a decent scanner, too. Epson do good ones such as their perfection series.

If you want an OCR application that really works, get FineReader 5.0 Pro. You'll recoup its incredibly modest cost in one job.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Desktop OCR Product
After looking around the Internet for information on affordable PC desktop OCR products, it seemed clear to me that Abbyy's "FineReader 5.0 Pro" was probably the best product for my needs. I have not been disappointed. I read a lot of negative "press" about OCR capabilities in general and I was not impressed by the OCR software bundled with my Canon 620P Scanner. You should also keep in mind that this was my first experience with any kind of OCR software.

My immediate requirement was to translate a five year-old, 57 page document to MS Word, so that it could be updated. The source document was lost sometime in the past. As a consequence, no one was interested in starting "from scratch" to update the document. The survivng hardcopy of the document was produced by a laser printer in black and white on 8 1/2 by 11 plain paper. The content consisted of text, logos, graphics, and a number of simple tables.

It took me approximately 2.5 hours to scan the entire document and about 2 days, full time, to complete the project. This time estimate includes the time to get familiar with the program.

Without counting the total number of words in the document, I would estimate that FineReader was 99% accurate translating the text. The only place it had any difficulty was in procesing some of the section header numbers in the table of contents (TOC). For exampe, the program translated the image "8.x" to "&.x" in several instances and also confused "I"s and "1"s several times. Given the italicized font of the characters images and the errors are easy to understand. The few errors I did find were quickly identified and easily corrected manually in MS Word.

Tables took a little more manual work. FineReader's layout analysis logic had no problem identifying all of the tables, but, as noted in the software documentation, the program may not always be able to convert table cells with multiple lines of text and preserve the table row and column alignment of the orignal document. In my case, these problems were easy to fix using the column and row identifier tool provided in the software. Once I marked the location of rows and columns on the scanned image of the table, the tables were translated correctly, requiring only minor editing "touch-up" to align text in table cells to match the original document.

The only problem I have encountered with this software product was the result of the distribution package I received. Abbyy offers a "try and buy" distribution that consists of a 3.5" floppy diskette and a CD-ROM. The combination of media provides copy protection and is not problem unless, like me, you have a laptop PC that can support either a CD-ROM or a 3.5" floppy diskette, but not both at the same time. In short, I called Abbyy's technical support line and they told to return the floppy diskette and CD-ROM to them and they would send me a single CD-ROM. I isntalled and used the single CD-ROM I received from the vendor with no further problems.

The "message" is that you should make sure you understand which distribution of the software you are purchasing. The box did state, in the system requirements section, that the program required a 3.5" diskette and a CD-ROM drive. I did not deduce, however, that both devices were required concurrently.

The manual that came with my distribution was entirely adequate for my purposes, suffering only from the occasional grammatical problem common to many manuals for products developed in countries where English is not the native language. (FineReader was developed by Abbyy, a Russian company with headquarters in Moscow.)

I am an experienced computer user and typically install a new software product and then try to use it immediately without bothering to read the documentation. I believe you could take this approach with FineReader, but I recommend reading the documentation first, particularly, if, like me, you are not familiar with the basic flow of the OCR process. The manual isn't that long and you probably won't need to read all of it, to get enough information to starting using FineReader productively.

Because I am not an experienced OCR user, I am reluctant to say that this product will meet the needs of everyone or every job. I was delighted, however, with what the product was able to do for me. As I said at the beginning of my comments, I was not disappointed by Abbyy's "FineReader 5.0 Pro".

1-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fabulous
ABBYY FIneReader 5.0 Home Edition is an exceptionally valuable, high quality product a very affordable price. This program is as accurate as any other I have tried, costing far more. It is as easy to use as any other OCR software package out there, and is just as accurate. When considering the price is below ...[undisclosed dollar amount], you cannot go wrong with this product. I quit using TextBridge and Omni Page after trying this product. Those other programs cost three to five times more, and provide no greater productivity. Best ...[undisclosed dollar amount]I have never spent on software.

4-0 out of 5 stars A solid product
This program is not perfect, but does a real good job most of the time. The interface is straight-forward and it is pretty fast. I would purchase this product again.

4-0 out of 5 stars Awesome product...stinky customer support
I bought this software, primarily on the basis of the reviews on Amazon. It installed easily...and I should note that although I've used several scanning packages, this is the first one I've bought. The capabilities of the software are truely awesome...some real virtuousity is clearly evident. Tables and text scan easily and flawlessly into every kind of file I can think of. Amazing.

The problem I have with Finereader 5.0 Pro it is really two-fold. First, the manual is pathetic...nowhere would one discover how to use the product, much less what it is capable of delivering, if s/he relied on the manual. It just doesn't make sense and has loads of omissions. Second, the email support is literally useless...I don't really think there is anything but an email address at the other end... No response, at all. I was about 15 minutes from returning the whole box when I tried something completely illogical to change the scanner settings, when, Voila! The thing started working.

Whatever, you do...don't rely on the manual. A good technical writer with several weeks' experience with this package could earn this company a lot of grateful and loyal customers. Are you ABBYY guys listening? ... Read more


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