Readiris Pro 12

Readiris Pro 12 offers several compelling reasons to upgrade from your basic, free OCR software.

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Irislink Readiris Pro 12
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Pros

  • Quick to install, quite versatile

Cons

  • Intricate source material caused problems, can struggle with certain letters

Bottom Line

Provided you don't hand it complex documents with masses of headings, subtitles, you can expect very good results from Readiris Pro 12. The software is quite versatile and should prove a sound addition to the typical office or home. At around US$100 for an upgrade version, it's well worth the money for anyone with an older version of the software. The full package isn't cheap though, and if you're a home user just looking for higher accuracy, you may find the cheaper Home edition more attractive.

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The information box (which uses several different fonts in a small space) was fairly unsuccessful, and even splitting this into a number of separate windows failed to result in accurate reproduction of many of the lines. Large headings, in general, are a problem, with many words frequently misspelled.

Readiris Pro 12 can struggle with certain letters (a lower-case 'l' was often converted into L, even when in the middle of a word, while the letter 'j' could also cause problems), and numbers were occasionally incorrect. And in a science article, 10 to the power of 11 was turned into 1011.

Readiris also sometimes struggles with justified margins, and there would often be large gaps at the ends of lines that weren't found in the original documents. Most of these points, though, are a touch finnicky, and the software can be trained to cut out certain types of mistake. But compared to older OCR packages, Readiris Pro 12 has very good accuracy, particularly if you're using it with fairly straightforward documents. It can also handle over 120 languages, and certainly the French and German articles that we scanned seemed accurately reproduced.

We can see Readiris Pro 12 proving rather effective for transforming letters, bills and so on into an electronic form. You can convert to a number of different formats, and it took less than 3 seconds to turn a scanned bill into a searchable Adobe Acrobat file. Business users will also appreciate the useful Cardiris program, a very effective method of transferring business cards to a PC.

Readiris Pro 12 also has facilities for using compressed PDF files. These features are mostly restricted to the Corporate version of Readiris, although you can use the most basic form of iHQC (intelligent High Quality Compression). In testing, this let us cut the size of our searchable PDFs to just 20-25 percent of the original.

The resulting file is lighter and the letters are less well defined, though, so if you'll be intending to read or use the files for presentations, we certainly wouldn't recommend using this kind of compression. XPS files can also be used to save storage space although, again, there is some reduction in quality.

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