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Happy Holidays!

It’s been a busy year at ORPALIS!
Many of you have noticed that along new major versions of all our products, we have released brand new websites:

PaperScan  PDF Reducer  PDF OCR


And a brand new software, PDF OCR!

PDF OCR recognizes more than 60 languages and can be included in production lines. If the Free Edition turns PDF into searchable file (very useful for students who need to copy or scan many documents), the Pro Edition (for desktop and server) convert more than 100 file formats.

Plans for 2017 include a brand new ORPALIS website, new major versions, and much more. We’re also working on expanding our productivity tools offer, so stay tuned!

But before that, we’re happy to run special offers on all our products:

Productivity tools:

PaperScan now 25% off            PDF Reducer now 25% off            PDF OCR now 50% off


Developer tools:

GdPicture.NET now 15% off                    DocuVieware now 15% off

These offers are valid for a limited time only! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, Coralie, Dmitry and Elodie will be happy to help!



The ORPALIS Team wishes you a great holiday!

The ORPALIS Team wishes you a great holiday!

Big Time Smaller: ORPALIS PDF Reducer v.3 Has Been Released

Hi folks,

In our previous article we were telling you about our junior product DocuVieware getting its first major version upgrade, from v.1 to v.2.
Well, today we’re going to tell you a few words about PDF Reducer as it just upgraded too, from v.2 to v.3.

First, a short briefing for those of you who didn’t use PDF Reducer yet.
The PDF format is actually so vast a domain in itself that using it at optimal parameters requires quite a deep expertise.
Besides simple text, PDF files can contain embedded images, they can be interactive (PDF forms), they can contain other files as attachments and the list goes on and on.
So, due to its versatility and universality, PDF is a worldwide format of choice for documents. But here’s an issue you just might have to deal with: its size.
When creating a PDF file, either by conversion from a document editor (such as Word) or directly from scanner or whatever other PDF file generation method, users have little or no means at all to control the size of the newly created PDF.
Therefore, PDF files are usually over-sized (not always, but usually) which can become a serious problem when it comes to storing lots of them or when sharing them (via email for example).

This is where our PDF Reducer comes in handy.
Basically, ORPALIS PDF Reducer is like some kind of laboratory where PDF files are being thoroughly analyzed in all details (users can control which aspects PDF Reducer should look into) and performs the necessary operations to reduce the input PDF file size as much as possible.
After processing is done, the resulting (output) PDF file is usually incredibly smaller than the original (input) PDF file.
Make no mistake: not all PDF files can get dramatic reducing in size.
Sometimes there’s simply not much to do, like for example a plain text-only PDF file (but hey, even in such situation you can still improve your PDF file: you can make it web-ready or convert it to another PDF standard).
While some other times size-reducing rate can be as high as 80% or even higher.
It all depends on the particularities of each input PDF.
One thing is certain, though: once processed by the ORPALIS PDF Reducer, there are little hopes (trending to zero, actually) to further reduce the size of a PDF file.

And guess what?
Starting with the v.3 we’ve just released, the PDF Reducer (Professional Editions only) can downsize not only PDF files but nearly 100 of them file-formats!
Still not happy?
OK then, here’s another news: we do all our magic twice as fast!
How about that?

Yes, you heard right: we re-compress data in a lossless manner, we detect and remove all unwanted or unused objects, we detect the black&white images scanned under color-mode and re-encode them correctly as B&W, we re-sample and re-compose the embedded raster images, we segment content and re-compress the bitmap sections allowing this based on a layout analysis, and yes, we do all this 100% faster than it already was in v.2.

What? Still unhappy?
OK, then have all this for free!

Because we have to remind you that all our products meant for the general public have also a Free Edition (like the PDF Reducer we’re talking about right now or PaperScan) if not being exclusively delivered to you as freeware, like the ORPALIS DICOM Viewer or the ORPALIS PDF-OCR or the ORPALIS Virtual Barcode Reader.

But we also provide Professional Editions of PDF Reducer to … well … professionals, who need to automate the reducing of their PDF archives via Command Line Interface scripts or to integrate our PDF Reducer features into their own document-management software.
You know, it’s those guys who need multi-threading processing because they always want all their massive tasks to get done asap, who want everything done not only for PDFs but also for their 100 file formats wishlist, the guys facing massive batch input so need uninterrupted batch processing.

Either you are of them or not, all we can tell is: ORPALIS PDF Reducer v.3 is here, friends!
So make your files smaller!
Big time!


Better, Faster, Stronger, the New PDF Reducer Version 2

Hi Folks,

PDF Reducer V2 is now available!

PDF Reducer version 1 is one of the most downloaded program and the best software of its category on the market.

But that was before version 2!

What’s new in this major version?

PDF Reducer version 2 now supports Mixed Raster Content compression, to process complex images with the most accurate results: the compression power is enhanced, without losing speed during the process. The engine is now 30% faster, even when the multithreading mode is activated (Pro edition). Minor bugs are fixed.

You will find the version history of PDF Reducer here.

Why choose PDF Reducer v2?

PDFs compressed with PDF Reducer are easy to store, easy to share via email and easy to view on the Web. And the Free Edition is perpetual and does all that! So try it now and let us know what you think on our forum.


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PDF Reducer Pro is Now Available!

It’s finally here! The release of the commercial version of our famous PDF compression software!

Why choose ORPALIS PDF Reducer Pro?

The Professional Edition of ORPALIS PDF Reducer allows users to benefit from all the advantages of innovative and highly sophisticated size-reducing tool powered by the GdPicture technologies for PDF files without any restriction, with the same intuitive interface and ease of use than the free version.


All our features are developed toward one goal: reduce the size of PDF files to the maximum. PDF and image compression is one of the major centers of research at ORPALIS, and for this we received funding from the French government.

Below is the list of the major features:

  • Content segmentation and optimal compression.
  • Automatic color detection and layout analysis.
  • Embedded raster images re-sampling and re-composition.
  • Fast Web View support for sharing PDFs on the Web.
  • Removal of unwanted or unused objects such as annotations, formfields, bookmarks…
  • Unlimited batch processing.
  • Drag ‘n Drop support.
  • Multi-threading support.
  • Command line interface support to take advantage of these features inside your batch scripts or even integrate it in your own applications.


Download PDF Reducer PRO


Who can use ORPALIS PDF Reducer Pro?

Any person, company or organization with the need to compress PDF files and share them on the web, send them by email, store them in any computer/USB/memory card/external hard disk will find PDF Reducer handy!


ORPALIS PDF Reducer Pro Edition license owners can benefit of technical support via our Help Desk.

Check our free PDF Reducer users community forum section and our knowledgebase!


  • Single desktop license 199 USD
  • Single server license 999 USD
  • Volume license contact us.


Order PDF Reducer PRO



Some funny litigations in software industry

Hi folks,

One particularity of software business is that, at least from a certain level up, lawsuits seem to really come with the territory.
Patent lawsuits can go way beyond imaginable sometimes turning into decades-long wars, and disputes may sometimes concern as little as a single, common word or even word’s phonetics.

This week we are going to tell you a few funny stories, with no intention of affecting anyone’s reputation whatsoever but just as reminder that funny things can come out even on fierce battlefields and that, no matter how powerful a Company might be, after all, it is made out of humans…
And lawyers of course.

The first story is about WordPerfect.
For those of you who never heard about it, WordPerfect was a dominant word processing application by end-80’s due to many innovative features and for being widely ported.
So Novell purchased it in June 1994 for about 1,4 billion dollars (with a “b” not an “m”) and after just 2 years, in 1996, sold it to Corel for 145 million dollars (yes, with an “m”, not a “b”).
Nothing funny about that kind of loss of course.
Funny, though, is whom Novell held responsible for that loss: Microsoft.
Novell claimed that Microsoft acted in an abusive and anti-competitive manner towards WordPerfect 7.0 in 1995, by withhelding interoperability information that would have allowed the unstable WordPerfect 7.0 for Windows 95 to run well.
Windows 95 was a big leap forward compared to its predecessor Windows 3.x (for example 16-bit architecture was moved to 32-bit, among other important enhancements) but fact is no other software vendor complained about not being able to achieve good implementations of their apps on Win 95.
Funny again, even if Novell claims started in 1995, they actually kicked off the lawsuit only in 2004. Microsoft responded the same day but the entire hassle lasted 8 more years, until 2012, when Novell’s case was finally dismissed in Court.
The whole Novell-Microsoft story is way more complicated than this, involving various other interests but the funny aspects on this one, however, remain.

The next story begins in 2001, when a tech businessman named Michael Robertson founded a Company named “Lindows” to develop an Operating System which would, well… mix Linux with Windows so on this Linux distribution users would be able to run any Windows-based applications.
Needless to say, Microsoft had an immediate and agressive reaction and sued Lindows in 7 countries.
Tough luck though: Michael Robertson was anything but an easy to scare kind of guy.
Before Lindows he had previously founded and ran so just imagine the number and magnitude of copyrights infringement lawsuits he fad to face, from all records label companies.
In court Microsoft claimed that the name “Lindows” was violating their trademark “Windows” but the claims were rejected in 2002 as well as in 2004 when, besides claim dismissal, things took a very dangerous twist for Microsoft, the judge even questioning the legitimacy of using a common word like “windows” as a protected trademark.
So the guns instantly turned to roses and Microsoft settled the issue by paying 20 million dollars for the rights on “Lindows” name (including the internet domains) to Lindows Inc, who, in exchange, got re-baptised to Linspire Inc..
Not sure Microsoft had a party to celebrate the “victory” but then again, not sure Mister Robertson should be envied either.

The 3-rd story is about a 17 years old (as of 2003) student at Belmont Secondary School in Langford, a suburb of Canada’s British Columbia capital, Victoria.
His name was Mike Rowe (not to be confused with Mike Rowe, the Discovery Channel celeb) and his passion was web design.
So he made himself a website and chose an internet domain name to include his own name : “”.
Now read it loudly to guess who had a problem with this domain name!
That’s right, it was not IBM nor Apple (who, by the way, had its own problems with names, as we’re going to tell you next week).
So Microsoft offered Mike 10 bucks for the domain name, that is, the amount Mike Rowe paid to get it.
But the offer seems to have offended the student who, in return, asked Microsoft for 10.000 USD.
Such reply must have infuriated Microsoft too, so they turned on their law-machinery, unaware of the fact that, shortly, the case was to receive wide public attention as the Goliath Microsoft came to fight against the brave-little-David Canadian student, Mike Rowe.
Publicity stormed, putting Microsoft in a very negative light while Rowe got donations, free legal counsel and a website traffic so big he had to move the site to a higher capacity host.
Things came to an end in 2004 by an outside-the-court settlement, Microsoft offering Rowe an XBox with a selection of games, MSDN subscription, tech training for Microsoft certification and supporting the costs for, the replacing website.
The cca. 6.000 USD raised from donations during the dispute, were made by Mike Rowe subject to a poll whether they should be refunded to donors or given further to charity.
The majority voted for charity, so almost 5.000 USD were donated to a hospital for children, the remaining small amount serving to help Rowe to apply to University.

For those of you who are wondering if we were ever involved in lawsuits, either as plaintiff or defendants, the answer is “nope, never” and we’re going to keep it that way.
So go ahead and use GdPicture.NET, PaperScan, ORPALIS PDF Reducer as well as our future products,in full confidence!
But don’t touch our trademarks, you don’t want to awaken the French fury.

See you next week, folks!


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