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I.R.I.S. Introduces Readiris Pro 9 PC for Text Recognition OCR

I.R.I.S. Introduces Readiris Pro 9 for PC, the New Version of its Flagship Product For Text
Recognition (OCR)

* It retypes your paper documents and image files and converts your Adobe Acrobat PDF files in up to 107 languages!
* It recreates the original document layout with incredible precision
* It saves the recognized text in a very large number of output formats – Word, Excel, RTF, PDF, HTML, Text etc.
* A new user interface for more intuitive use, invites you to recognize your documents in two easy steps (acquisition and
recognition)
* 2 versions are available: Readiris “Pro” addresses the home and professional user, the Corporate Edition the corporate market

I.R.I.S. Group, a publicly traded company (Euronext Brussels: IRI), market leader in Optical Character Recognition (OCR), automatic document recognition (ADR) and Electronic Document Management (EDM), announced today the worldwide release of a brand new version of its flagship OCR software for the Windows platform, Readiris Pro 9.
Readiris Pro 9 is a powerful productivity booster for flatbed scanners, “all-in-one” devices and digital cameras. It retypes scanned documents and image files and “repurposes” PDF files, maintaining the original layout and offering an unprecedented speed and OCR accuracy.

Readiris constitutes an exceptional productivity tool for the home (SOHO) and professional user: it eliminates all manual retyping by converting even high volumes of paper documents comfortably.

Readiris Pro 9 is available in two versions: the “standard” version Readiris Pro addresses the home and professional user, the Corporate version meets the needs of the corporate market. That “high-end” version is geared towards high volumes and recognizes business cards as well as text pages!

Says Pierre De Muelenaere, President and CEO of I.R.I.S. Group: “This new version of Readiris Pro is the result of an important R&O effort. We have integrated several new technologies that significantly improve both the accuracy and layout retention. A lot of effort has been invested to provide new capabilities in the generation of POF, HTML and RTF formats. ”

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Readiris Pro 9 – New and Improved Features
New User Interface.
More intuitive than ever, the new user interface invites you to recognize your documents in two easy steps (acquisition and recognition).

2 Easy Steps:
1. Scan your Paper Documents or Open PDF or Image Files: Choose your scanner, the scanning settings and enable the proper system options (page deskewing, page analysis, page orientation)
2. Recognize your documents: Select the document language and define the output format that best fits your needs

Smart Buttons
Comfortably work on the document image
Design your own text, graphic and table zones or ask Readiris Pro 9 to analyze automatically the page
Reduce the recognition zone if needed
Straighten the page
Select and sort the text zones of interest
Zoom on the document image to see the details
Rotate the page if necessary

Unbeatable Speed and Accuracy.
Readiris Pro 9 retypes your texts and tables in seconds and with an unprecedented accuracy rate.

Improved Page Analysis.
As soon as your document is scanned, Readiris Pro identifies and sorts the text, graphic and table zones.

High-Quality Display of the Document Image.
Readiris Pro displays the scanned images optimally on-screen. To this end, a highly specialized display technology is used that softens greyscale and color scans and that displays black-and-white scans… as greyscale images!

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Easy Handling of Multipage Documents.
Change the order of the scanned pages with a simple “drag-and-drop”, exclude pages temporarily from the recognition process with a right-click or generate separate output files for each page.

The First Multilingual OCR Software.
Readiris Pro 9 recognizes up to 107 foreign languages and offers 7 interface user languages (English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Portuguese-Brazilian).

Enhanced Autoformat Technology.
I.R.I.S.’ powerful Autoformat Technology recreates the layout of the source document: after the OCR phase, the text blocks or columns, tables and graphics are still in the same place. Bulleted and numbered lists are now recreated as well. All “URLs” of web pages and e-mail addresses now get recreated as “hyperlinks” in the recognition results.

Flowing Text Mode for Easier Editing.
Readiris recreates the columns of your documents so that you can easily edit the recognized text: as you edit the content of a document, the text naturally “flows” from one column to the next.

Improved Output Formats.
Automatically send the result into your favorite application (Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape, Corel WordPerfect, Sun StarOffice) or save it to an external file.

Or send the OCR result bye-mail: Readiris starts up your e-mail software and inserts the recognized document as a mail attachment to a new mail. (Do you know a more direct way of distributing a paper document in a quick and compact way?)

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Single-click OCR of Text Zones Sends Results to the Clipboard.
Instantly send a text zone to your clipboard. This operation is very convenient when you need to recognize less than a full page.

New Function Prints the Scanned Images.
Get a complete overview of your scanned documents and print up to 64 document thumbnails on the same page.

Recognition of New Symbols (©, , ¢ etc.).
Even more symbols are now recognized to give you the maximum recognition accuracy for your professional documents.

Readiris Pro 9 Corporate Edition.
The Readiris Pro 9 Corporate edition contains new extra features geared towards the professional user: the automated “batch processing” of large document collections, the support of high-speed and duplex scanners, the use of custom user lexicons (that reflect your company’s activity) during the PCR, the possibility to activate several languages simultaneously, business card recognition etc…

Batch OCR executes the recognition on all prescanned images in a specific folder. The recognized documents get the same file name as the image files.

Readiris Pro 9 Corporate Edition can set up a “watched folder”. Readiris systematically executes the recognition on any image file that gets dropped in a specific folder. You can leave the OCR software running day after day… Acquire new documents and they will be recognized promptly.

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System Requirements
Intel Pentium based PC or equivalent computer. 32 MB RAM, 64 MB RAM is recommended to process grayscale and color images. Recommended 110 MB free disk space. Runs on Windows XP, ME, 2000, 98 or NT 4.0 operating system.

Price and Availability
Readiris Pro 9 for PC is available in the distribution and retail channels, in Europe, in the USA and in Asia. Readiris Pro 9 is also available on I.R.I.S.’ online shop (https://shop.irislink.com). Readiris Pro 9 Standard Edition is available at an MSRP of $129.99 and Readiris Pro 9 Corporate Edition at $399.99.

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. I.R.I.S. also develops market leading pen and business card scanners. For more information, visit the I.R.I.S. website at http://www.irislink.com.

Contacts:
Michael Becce
MRB Public Relations, Inc.
Phone: 732-758-1100 x102
mbecce@mrb-pr.com

Marina Elbert
MRB Public Relations, Inc.
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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