Presto OCR Pro 4.0 review: Presto OCR Pro 4.0

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The Good Fast; analyzes and formats tables with great accuracy; understands many languages.

The Bad Limited documentation; won't process batches of documents at once.

The Bottom Line Thanks to its killer accuracy, Presto OCR is a powerhouse bargain--perfect for home and casual use. Only OmniPage, with its batch-processing scheduler, is a serious competitor.

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You don't always get what you pay for. NewSoft's $99 Presto OCR gives you a lot of OCR for a good price. This program preserves details about document layout, such as nested cells in tables, that other OCR software misses. And, as OmniPage does, Presto delivers a high level of accuracy and an easy interface. Presto lacks OmniPage's support for scheduling batch jobs. But unless you foresee a need to process documents overnight, Presto is CNET's OCR package of choice for your home and small office needs. You don't always get what you pay for. NewSoft's $99 Presto OCR gives you a lot of OCR for a good price. This program preserves details about document layout, such as nested cells in tables, that other OCR software misses. And, as OmniPage does, Presto delivers a high level of accuracy and an easy interface. Presto lacks OmniPage's support for scheduling batch jobs. But unless you foresee a need to process documents overnight, Presto is CNET's OCR package of choice for your home and small office needs.

Click and Scan
Presto's logical interface presents all OCR tasks as buttons across the top of the screen. Click these buttons to scan a document (or to open the bitmap of a document you've already scanned), mark document zones (which Presto calls blocks), recognize the text, proof the results, and save the text. Presto recognizes most languages that use roman type, including Fijian and Basque. And this app sports yet another setting that's worth its weight in code: Choose the Invisible Cell option for tables without grid lines, and Presto rarely misreads rows and columns.

The general recognition skills of this program are impressive. Even before we marked the zones in our documents, Presto made only occasional errors. For instance, on a relatively clean document, it saw two lowercase Ls as a capital U and put a period where a comma belonged. And it mistakenly saw a grainy fax as being entirely in bold and misspelled just one word, rendering About as Alxwt.

Presto's exporting skills are equally adroit. You can tell the program how much of the document's original formatting you want to keep, and Presto churns out raw text, retains original font sizes and styles, or keeps the entire document structure. (In the latter case, it reproduces columns, tables, and text blocks and keeps graphics in place.) Plus, you can save data in several formats: tab- or comma-delimited (for databases), Word, Excel, HTML, or PDF. Presto is the only OCR app CNET tested that exports data as PDF files. OmniPage comes with a demo version of an HTML converter, but you have to spend $100 for the usable version.

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Presto OCR Pro 4.0

Part Number: W008F400EN
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