We've stood by our belief that for many users, a commercial OCR package provides a much better value than either Kurzweil 1000 or OpenBook, offering a much richer feature set for a lower price. Amazon.com offers the latest version of Omnipage from Nuance, version 17, for $89.95. With free shipping, that's $60 off list and the lowest price we could find. Don't let the standard version fool you. It still includes the same highly-accurate OCR engine as its much more expensive pro cousin with 99.9 percent accuracy. It's compatible with Windows XP or Vista.Source: Go to source
I had always thought that applications like omnipage were not accessible, and that was why we have software like openbook in the first place. I find it odd that those programs cost just as much as a fully functional screen reader. I'm Intrigued by the statement that mainstream applications offer a richer feature set than specialized applications. Can you elaborate on some of the things that omnipage can do that openbook can't? Now that I know omnipage is accessible, I'd like to buy it. However Amazon's price has shot back up to $142.49 already. I've seen things like that before. I've saved well over $100 on certain electronics, only to see that the price is right around retail a few months later. Any idea on what causes amazon's price to fluctuate so widely? Can we expect it to come back down a little?
J.J. Tuesday, 29-Sep-2009 02:00 AM ET:
Wow, that price did shoot up a bunch. Try putting Omnipage 17 into the BB search box. There's some cheaper listings now including a $69 price from an Amazon third-party seller, though I haven't looked at that one yet to see if it's legitimate. Probably the biggest difference for me was the accuracy, which in my use was much better than the others. We used Omnipage (actually version 15) in a computer lab setting for scanning books and often had less than one error per page. The autocorrect mechanisms seem far more advanced. There's also tighter integration with Microsoft Office, exporting to Word, Excel, etc. or scanning right from Word, among many other features. To K1000 and Openbook's credit, their interfaces are sometimes easier to follow, especially for someone less experienced with computers since absolutely everything talks where with Omnipage, Finereader, etc. you sometimes need to use your mouse cursor or play some tricks if something isn't speaking. But the vast majority of the time, it works great.
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