|Kodak Licenses ScanSoft Imaging Solutions from Nuance for New Workgroup and Departmental Scanners|
Tuesday May 16, 8:00 am ET
New Kodak Desktop Scanners Combine with ScanSoft OmniPage and PaperPort to Provide Users with Unrivaled Scan-to-Searchable PDF, Document Conversion and Document Management Capabilities
PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 16, 2006--Nuance Communications (Nasdaq: NUAN), a leading provider of speech and imaging solutions, and Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK), the world's foremost imaging innovator, today announced that Kodak has signed a license agreement to bundle Nuance's ScanSoft® OmniPage® and PaperPort® software with Kodak's new desktop workgroup and departmental document scanners in North America and Asia Pacific. ScanSoft OmniPage is the world's best-selling and most accurate optical character recognition (OCR), PDF and document conversion solution for the PC, and PaperPort is the world's most popular scanning and document management application for Microsoft Windows; both are members of the award-winning ScanSoft Imaging Solutions family of products from Nuance.
Under the agreement, Kodak will bundle ScanSoft OmniPage and PaperPort with the new Kodak i1210 and i1220 series scanners for workgroups and the new Kodak i1310 and i1320 series scanners for the departmental segment. The integration of OmniPage with the Kodak scanners results in a complete document capture solution, providing automated scan-to-searchable PDF, scan-to-desktop, scan-to-archive and scan-to-Microsoft Word capabilities. In addition, PaperPort provides Kodak scanner users with an integrated document management solution for organizing scanned documents, photographs, and existing documents in over 100 formats.
"Customers rely on Kodak to deliver document imaging solutions to help them gain benefits in productivity, efficiency and flexibility," said Paul Whittard, Worldwide Portfolio Business Manager, Document Imaging, Graphic Communications Group, Eastman Kodak Company. "Critical to attaining these benefits is outstanding ease of use. We selected Nuance as our software partner on these new desktop scanners because its products provide an ease of use that compliments our solutions."
OmniPage is the world's most accurate and best selling OCR solution for turning paper into searchable PDF, and for turning existing scanned and PDF documents into fully-formatted documents that you can edit. For document capture and archive, OmniPage delivers capabilities that everyone can use, including batch processing, automatic image enhancement, OCR indexing and export to a wide range of content management applications and document formats, including searchable PDF and TIF. For scanned and PDF document conversion, OmniPage has not only the most accurate recognition available, it also is the best at reproducing the formatting of the original document, including columns, tables, spreadsheets, graphics - and even wrapped clipart. OmniPage also has the most complete export capabilities available, including Microsoft Office, Corel WordPerfect, XML, Open eBook and audio book formats. OmniPage is consistently assessed by independent industry experts as the best OCR and document conversion application, and is the only such product to win "Editor's Choice" awards from PC Magazine and C|Net.
PaperPort is used by millions - at organizations of every size - to implement scanning and document management that everyone can use. PaperPort makes scanning as easy as making a copy, accomplishing this by combining the ease of One-Button Scanning(TM), integration with OmniPage OCR and the convenience of All-in-One Search(TM) into an easy to use desktop application. PaperPort also includes robust support for PDF, including complete viewing, printing, document assembly and annotation capabilities. PaperPort's professional document capture capabilities go even further, providing Scanner Enhancement Technology (SET) tools that make image correction and annotation as easy as point & click. PaperPort has gained industry respect for the unique way it allows customers to organize, find and share documents, including winning "Product of the Year" and repeated "Editors' Choice" awards from PC Magazine, and being named one of the "Hottest 50 Products" by Smart Computing.
"The new scanner solutions from Kodak are truly compelling, providing organizations with an affordable, turn-key way to implement scanning, document capture and document management applications," said Robert Weideman, senior vice president, Productivity Applications Division, Nuance. "We are pleased to join with Kodak in delivering integrated hardware and software solutions that let organizations of all sizes win the battle over paper."