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Mimetics' EasyReader Classic OCR software mimics the human brain.

EasyReader Classic software from the French company Mimetics automatically recognizes text on written documents entered through a scanner. Information can then be used in a word processor, database, or other program, thus eliminating the need to retype documents.

High levels of recognition are achieved, using neural network technology that was initially developed for applications, in artificial intelligence. A self-learning system, EasyReader Classic is the, first optical character recognition (OCR) product on the market to adopt this technology, which enables the reading of documents with a level of recognition close to that of the human brain. The system's OCR capabilities accurately identify even difficult to read text on poor quality faxes, copies, newsprint, creased letters, or skewed pages.

The software recognizes all fonts and styles such as bold or italic in sizes from six to 72 points. Multi-column, paragraph page formats, and images are automatically identified and accommodated. The output respects the format of the original document. A built-in dictionary improves the recognition accuracy further by recognizing entire words, instead of individual characters.

EasyReader Classic can run as a background task, allowing the user to open and work with other programs as documents are entered. The package is available for both Macintosh/PowerMac and Windows and requires only 4 MB of RAM. The program can also be used from within Word for Windows with a DDE link.

The integrated editor has a dynamic verifier that shows the original document in a window at the position of the cursor. Any movements in the editor are mirrored in the verifier window. In addition, when spell checking, words not found in the dictionary are displayed in the verifier window for easy validation.

EasyReader Classic supports all the main scanners on the market as well as any scanner that is TWAIN compatible. Accupage from Hewlett Packard is also supported.

The program will sell for $89 in the U.S., and Mimetics is interested in finding distributors for the North American market.

For more information, contact the French Technology Press Office, 401 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1760, Chicago, IL

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Title Annotation:New Products; optical character recognition
Publication:Information Today
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Date:May 1, 1995
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