PaperPort has been helping home users sort through the morass of paper and digital documents for years by organizing scanned documents and photos on your hard drive. With its new network support and native PDF document format, PaperPort Pro 9.0 Office has become an essential productivity application for the office, as well. PaperPort Pro 9.0 Office costs more than the consumer-oriented PaperPort Deluxe 9.0 and that may, and should, give the average consumer pause. However, PaperPort Pro 9.0 Office's superb Microsoft Office integration and ability to easily share digital documents over networks make it worth the money for business users. Thanks to PaperPort's installation wizard (on the included CD), we installed and configured PaperPort Pro 9.0 Office without any problems. The software automatically recognized our scanner, a CanoScan N1220U, and required little fine-tuning.
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PaperPort's thumbnail-driven interface makes it easy to preview photos.
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PaperPort can store photos and documents in any number of user-defined folders.
Indeed, PaperPort Pro 9.0 Office can now create PDF files from any Office application with the touch of a button. Click the PaperPort icon in the toolbar of either Word or Excel to turn any document into a PDF file and import it into PaperPort. PaperPort Deluxe 9.0 lacks this advanced PDF feature. PaperPort Pro 9.0 Office also includes a Web Capture module that will convert any active Web page into a full-color PDF file. By offering a fast and easy way to convert to PDF, PaperPort makes it easy to send documents around the office.
To attract more enterprise-level customers, PaperPort 9.0 can automatically deliver scanned pages to a user's PC from network scanning devices, such as multifunction printers and digital copiers. Instead of making paper copies and sending them around the office, users can scan one copy, then e-mail, archive, or post it to the Web. PaperPort Pro 9.0 Office can also connect to Enterprise Content Management systems, such as Oracle 9i and Microsoft SharePoint. By contrast, PaperPort Deluxe 9.0 contains limited network support.
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It's a snap to annotate documents using highlighters, text boxes, or stamps.
PaperPort Pro 9.0 Office offers some photo-editing tools, including an automatic-fix button, red-eye reduction, and basic cropping and resizing options. For advanced color and image manipulation, you will still need a separate full-fledged photo editor. Don't go looking for filters and effects, because PaperPort doesn't have them. PaperPort 9.0 treats photos as documents, not works of art. ScanSoft offers a robust set of service-and-support features on its Web site, including a knowledge base, multiple user guides, and free access to user message boards. You'll also find downloads, including updates, drivers, and patches, and viewer software that enables those who don't have PaperPort installed to view PaperPort-generated files.
Individual users can also interact with ScanSoft technical support 24/7 through a pay-per-incident e-mail process. To report an incident, you must complete the Problem Report form at a cost of $9.95 per incident. ScanSoft offers telephone support Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m ET.