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NOTE: Pagis Pro has NOT been updated to work in Windows XP.
Pagis Pro Millennium is several things bundled into one package, including
All software is on one CD. There is a printed Pagis Pro Users Guide, but it is only a small part (installation and overview) of the very large Pagis Pro Users Guide, and separate TextBridge Pro Users Guide, that are provided as PDF files on the CD. These manuals are viewed or printed with the Adobe Acrobat reader utility. They are excellent manuals, extremely detailed with specific clear description of every feature.
Pagis will scan photos, and Kai's PhotoSoap2 is included to that end. However, the strength of Pagis is that it is an exceptional document system, and is designed to optimize text documents (size, quality, convenience, versatility), with numerous strong options and image enhancing capabilities such as document straightening, background color removal, etc. It will scan and store multiple page documents, including for fax destinations. It will scan and print collated copies (prints pages already sorted, ready to staple).
One major option is that it provides the ability to type text into fields to fill out scanned forms (it is NOT forms software as such, but you can fill out scanned forms very conveniently).
About any document file format I can imagine is supported (except Adobe pdf). Appendix A of the Pagis manual is overwhelming list of supported programs and supported graphic file formats and word processor formats. Let me show you.
These tables were scanned and converted to OCR in TextBridge Pro. TextBridge also created the HTML file shown here.
Here's what I did to create those tables (only Textbridge Pro was used). I printed on paper the pages from the PDF Pagis Users Manual, simply so I could scan them. In TextBridge, I selected Page Type "Any Page", and specified Page Format "Table". I selected Picture Output as B&W. I selected the' the TextBridge AUTO button, and reloaded the flatbed when it said MORE PAGES twice as it scanned. Then I specified output type as HTML. Normally I don't use AUTO, I prefer to mark the zones myself, but this time it was AUTO. The CONTENTS and INDEX buttons are printed on the page (from the PDF document), but they were unimportant for this case. They could be edited out (either by zoning the OCR or editing the HTML), but I did nothing here.
Every detail of this program seems awesome.
In the simplest description of XIF files, Pagis can (optionally) separate and optimally compress and store the image portion(s) of the document in the file using JPG compression (typically at 100 dpi for small size, but resolution is your choice). The text portion(s) are separated and stored in the same file typically as 300 dpi Line art for minimum size and maximum quality. If using the Pagis scanning interface, the scanner makes two passes to accomplish this. If using your scanners native TWAIN user interface (optional, and required for a few scanner models), the Pagis scan utility and the XIF format make only one pass, but still have the ability to separate the text, text color, background color, and image components of a document image. Two passes is better quality, one pass is faster. Each such component is stored in the XIF file separately, with resolution and compression highly optimized for that one specific data type. All in the one XIF file. The advantages are the smallest file size and the best text quality, without any JPG artifacts on the text.
You probably would not use XIF files for photos. You could, but there would be no advantage, since a JPG file would be the same thing with better compatibility (and you may prefer a lossless format instead). Pagis can indeed store the photo in JPG or TIF or a VERY great many other file formats too. If you need a tool that can handle very many file formats, you should look at Pagis Pro. But for documents, XIF files do allow you to store the image portion of documents as 100 dpi 24-bit JPG, along with the text portion as 300 dpi line art, both optimum for their purpose, and the text and background color information too, all separately in one XIF file containing many document pages. Now, this can be mind-boggling to contemplate, but it is one fancy document system. More XIF details and samples in the link below.
Here is my own look at Pagis Pro, several screen shots and detail about features. The NEXT button below will cycle through these following pages:
Typing text into a scanned form in Pagis or PaperPort (you have to see this)