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OmniPage Web (Part 2)

By David Fiedler Doing It With Software Read the product specs and you won't be disappointed. OmniPage Web is really designed, and best suited, for turning paper-based documents (not necessarily individual pages) into Web sites. Since Caere is already an OCR leader, they had to develop considerable expertise in both HTML generation and document structure discovery to pull this off. To turn a document into HTML using OmniPage Web, first you have to scan it. I suspect that Caere has access to slightly better equipment than my UMAX 1220P scanner, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that their sample scans were done at a more-or-less normal 300 dpi resolution, rather than the 2400 dpi I had suspected they'd be using. If you're doing lots of scans from OmniPage Web, it would be tedious to go through your scanner's dialog every time...so OmniPage Web hides it all from you, controlling the scanner via the TWAIN API at a low level. All you have to do is specify the resolution and type of scans you'd like to perform. While higher resolution scans take longer, they don't always give better OCR results...you're better off using good material to start with. The resolution choices within OmniPage Web, at least for my scanner, were 75, 100, and 150 dpi. I would have preferred a bit higher resolution choices, but it was simple to do scans "outside" OmniPage Web and then just import the images later. There's also support for document feeders built in.


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