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I.R.I.S. Introduces Readiris Pro 9 for Mac- new OCR software

Readiris Pro 9 Sets New Mac Standard for OCR

I.R.I.S. Group, a publicly traded company (Euronext: IRI), market leader in Automatic Document Recognition (ADR), Electronic Document Management (EDM) and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) announced today the worldwide release or Readiris Pro 9 for Mac OS, the new version of its flagship OCR software on the Mac platform.

Over the past years, I.R.I.S. has been developing its whole OCR product range on the MAC OS platform and became a leading provider of OCR products in the Mac world. Readiris Pro 9 is dedicated to private and professional users looking to avoid the long and tedious manual typing and formatting of printed information.

Very fast and accurate, Readiris Pro 9 recognizes and converts books, magazines, invoices, price lists, reports, etc. as well as read-only PDFs, into editable text. The result can be saved in a variety of output formats (i.e. word processors, spreadsheets, programs, PDF files, HTML files, and more). Readiris Pro 9 comes with a host of new and improved features making it not only the fastest and most accurate product in the market, but also the most feature-rich. New and improved features include:

A completely renewed user interface
New toolbars and redesigned buttons clearly guide the user in the recognition steps: the scanning or opening of a document, the language and output format choice and the recognition. New color thumbnails ease the navigation from one document to another.

New engine and “Autoformat Technology” improves formatting speed and accuracy
Based on a new OCR engine and a new “Autoformat technology”, Readiris Pro 9 retypes faster and more accurately. The layout of the original document is perfectly preserved; text, tables and graphics are correctly placed in the output files.

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“Ignore Exterior Area” to limit the recognition zone
Readiris Pro 9 will automatically analyze the image inside a specified zone and ignore the information located outside the zone.

Powerful table recognition technology
Readiris Pro 9 automatically identifies tables and marks them as table zone. Once the recognition is done, it perfectly reproduces them in the output file allowing the user to transform paper invoices, price lists, listings and any document containing tables in digital information.

Automatic function button
The page analysis (detection of text, table and graphic zones), page deskewing (for distorted images), page despeckling (to remove pixels that disturb recognition), and page orientation can be done automatically after scanning.

PDF input
Readiris Pro 9 can open a large number of image files including read only PDF files.

“Flowing Text” mode for easy editing
Once the document is recognized and edited, the user can easily modify the text, add or delete words. The “Flowing Text” mode maintains the layout by flowing words from text box to text box.

Top Recognition Accuracy in 104 languages
Readiris Pro 9 recognizes up to 104 different languages based on 3 alphabets (Latin, Greek and Cyrillic), including the Western-European, Eastern-European, Baltic and Cyrillic (“Russian”) languages, Greek and Turkish. The user interface and the manual are localized in six languages: English, French, Dutch, German, Italian and Spanish.

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Unique Asian languages Recognition
An Asian OCR add-on is available for the recognition of Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Fully searchable PDF files or HTML WYSIWIG documents can be generated in all these 4 Asian languages. Pages with mixed Asian and English text can also be recognized.

Wide variety of outputs
Documents can be saved as a TEXT, RTF, PDF or HTML files or be transferred into word processors or spreadsheet programs.

PDF output
Readiris Pro 9 edits your documents and saves them in the most popular format for information archiving and sharing: you will get fully searchable PDF files with both the text and the image.

New WYSIWYG HTML output
Readiris Pro 9 converts paper documents in WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) HTML files ready to be put online!

New image output
Readiris Pro 9 can be used as a scanning interface to acquire documents and keep images to be recognized later (Available format: TIFF, JPEG, PSD, PNG, PICT and BMP).

Support of flatbed, sheet fed scanners, MFP and digital cameras
Readiris Pro 9 uses the Photoshop “Plug-In” delivered with your scanner. It works with TWAIN compliant devices.

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Perfect recognition of color documents
Color documents and text on colored backgrounds are perfectly reproduced. Color pictures are replaced in the output file.

Automatic identification of text, table and graphic zones
Readiris Pro automatically analyzes the document image and identifies text zones, graphics and table zones. These are correctly reproduced in the output file.

Easy-to-use automatic OCR option
Once your settings are defined, you just scan your documents and Readiris Pro automatically does the recognition.

Interactive learning to increase the OCR quality
Readiris Pro will ask you to validate the recognition of bad quality characters. It will memorize them and will improve the OCR quality.

Effective multi-page OCR option
Scan up to 50 pages at the same time: Readiris Pro will save them in a unique output file.

Improved Adjust Image option
Modify the image brightness and to remove pixels to improve the image quality providing a better OCR result.

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Readiris Pro 9 Corporate Edition

The Corporate version of Readiris Pro 9 for Mac OS is aimed at professionals who need to convert larger volumes of paper documents as well as business cards. It includes all the features of the standard version and offers additional new features.

The corporate edition transforms paper business cards into electronic contacts and keeps up-to-date electronic address books. It offers a higher speed and accuracy and recognizes business cards from up to 53 different countries and allows users to select a primary language and up to 4 secondary languages. The contacts can be saved in a structured file (comma or tab delimited format) and exported to any address database (the standard Mac OS X application address), or they can be sent directly to Microsoft Entourage, Apple Works 6, Now Contact or other popular contact managers. The new version can export the contacts in the HTML and vCard formats. The card images can be also included in the export. Once your contacts are exported on your Mac, you can synchronize them with iSync, Apple’s hot synchronizing software, and send them to your mobile phone, iPod or PDA. The corporate edition also scans up to 250 pages at the same time.

Price and Availability
Readiris Pro 9 for Mac OS is available in the distribution and retail channels, in Europe, in the USA and in Asia. Readiris Pro is also available on I.R.I.S.’ online shop. Readiris Pro 9 Standard Edition is available at an MSRP of $149 and Readiris Pro 9 Corporate Edition at $399.

System Requirements
The Minimal system configuration required to use Readiris Pro 9 for Mac OS X:
– A Mac OS computer with a G3 processor.
– The operating system Mac OS X version 10.01. Version 10.2.x is recommended.
– 110 MB of free hard disk space

Minimal system configuration required to use Readiris Pro 9 for Mac OS 9.x:
– A Mac OS computer with a PowerPC processor. Readiris does not run on 680×0 processor-based computers!
– The operating system Mac OS 9.x.
– The system libraries QuickTime 4.0 and CarbonLib 1.4 or later are required. (If necessary, CarbonLib 1.5 will be installed by the Readiris installer.)
– 32 MB free RAM.
– 110 MB of free hard disk space.

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About I.R.I.S.
Image Recognition Integrated Systems (I.R.I.S.), a Belgian company founded in 1987 and listed on Euronext Brussels (IRI), is a leader on the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) market, the Automatic Document Reading (ADR) and the Electronic Document Management markets. For more information, visit the I.R.I.S. website at http://www.irislink.com.

How to get more information:
Michael Becce
MRB Public Relations
Phone: 732-758-1100 x102
mbecce@mrb-pr.com

Marina Elbert
MRB Public Relations
Phone: 732-758-1100 x101
melbert@mrb-pr.com

Journalists can register on the I.R.I.S. Extranet web site by clicking on the link
http://www.irislink.com/partners/press/index.html. They will receive a personal login and password to access the Extranet web site where more corporate and product information is available.

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