The latest version of OmniPage Ultimate now comes with a sleek looking Launchpad application, which spices up the somewhat plain document management interface. The Launchpad opens separately and offers a modern user interface with large tiles that let you quickly create new "Go-flow" rules for document processing.
Creating a new workflow is a snap; you do so by clicking on three tiles—one in each column. OmniPage describes the selection actions in non-technical terms, which makes it easy for novices to follow what's happening. Take, for example, a conversion job that outputs the processed document into an MS Word file and uploads it into Evernote. The clear descriptor tanslates that as "Simple document to MS Word; save in Evernote."
Figure 2: Anyone new to OmniPage will find LaunchPad less intimidating than the main OmniPage interface.
Experts will appreciate the advanced options, while anyone new to OmniPage will definitely find LaunchPad less intimidating than the main OmniPage interface. While the Launchpad doesn’t offer the full OmniPage experience, it is an excellent location for predefined actions that less savvy customers can use.
Conclusion: Nuance OmniPage
Nuance OmniPage Ultimate is one of the top OCR tools available today, and this latest version (19) continues the tradition while incorporating many tweaks and other enhancements to make the already great tool even better.
Is it worth an upgrade? Despite the touted 25 percent increase in OCR performance claimed by Nuance, the response will likely be no. The decision to keep the user interface essentially unchanged is sound given its existing user base, though ironically makes it harder to argue for an upgrade.
The Nuance Launchpad should appeal to first-time users, though customers who have already set things up properly are unlikely to find it interesting. Finally, small businesses seriously considering OmniPage Ultimate need to know that it is a powerful tool with an inherent complexity that will take some time to learn.
However, if you're interested in the tangible time savings associated with streamlining or digitizing your company's document management, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better tool for $499 than OmniPage Ultimate.
Paul Mah covers technology for SMBs for Small Business Computing and for IT Business Edge. He also shares his passion for and knowledge of everything from networking to operating systems as an instructor at Republic Polytechnic in Singapore, and is a contributor to a number of tech sites, including Ars Technica and TechRepublic.
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