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Dr Digby L. James commented on 19 Dec 2009
I like several aspects of this product. It is accurate and it preserves lines within paragraphs. I had used versions 9 and 11, the latter a great improvement. So I thought it might be a good idea to upgrade to version 12. I wish I'd come here first. I've used it ONCE. Now it won't start at all. Every time I click on the icon in the Dock or try and double click on it in the Applications folder it crashes immediately. I e-mailed support and have not had ANY response at all. I seem to have wasted my money in upgrading. I sometimes use version 11, but have now switched over to ABBYY Fine Reader, and I'm quite impressed,
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Dr Digby L. James replied on 31 Dec 2009
To be fair, it looks like ReadIris 12 does work with Snow Leopard, which I've just installed. It doesn't seem to be as accurate as ABBYY Fine Reader (for example, it doesn't recognize em-dahes) but it does preserve line lengths within paragraphs (with line breaks, not paragraph breaks). ABBYY doesn't do that. I have to convert to spreadsheet mode and work through each paragraph and run a macro to properly reconstitute each para. So it's a toss up between accuracy and ease of use. ABBYY seems to work happily with poor quality scanns.
Dr Digby L. James had trouble on 26 Feb 2009
This product should now be avoided like the plague.

Omnipage used to be state of the art. But the Mac version, having changed hands several times, has been left in limbo, and has not been updated for nearly 10 years. It runs under OSX X Leopard, even on an Intel Mac. But you can't use the scanning function which requires Classic (not available on an Intel Mac). And if you have a new scanner it's probably not in the scanner list.

Also, if you are upgrading there's another gotcha. It may not open your old files. To get round this, make sure your files have .opd as the file extension. Then open then in a hex editor and examine the resource fork. In all probability there isn't one. And that's why Omnipage won't open them. Create a new Omnipage file (import a single image - even a photograph) and save it. Open in the hex editor. Switch to the resource fork. Copy resource fork and then switch to the problem file. Paste into the resource fork and save. The file should now open (from the menu, not by double-clicking). You can then export the scanned images and use a more modern OCR package. I use, very successfully, ReadIris. Buy that instead.

If you MUST buy Omnipage have a hunt. I found a site (which I now can't find, of course) of a company that had taken it over and was selling at under £100 (~$150).
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