Category: PaperScan

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!

Cheers!

The ORPALIS Team

The ORPALIS Team wishes you a great holiday!

The ORPALIS Team wishes you a great holiday!

Hi folks,

PaperScan Scanning Software version 3 is here!

New version, new interface!
When you open PaperScan you will see the first major change, the interface got a rather extreme makeover. A lot of new features are also available, and some of them where specifically requested by you, the PaperScan users.

What’s new in PaperScan V3?

General
We have an overall better performance of the software in terms of speed and accuracy and improvements in the following domains:
–    Scanning: preview feature in scanning wizard, improved support for camera devices and large documents.
–    Formats: SVG, EMF and WMF now supported.
–    Printing: advanced printing dialog to specify alignment, adjustment, orientation…
–    Automatic color detection: improvement of the engine to get a better compression of the files created.
–    OCR (Optical Character Recognition): now more than 60 languages are supported by our OCR engine.
Edition
–    Automatic image orientation.
–    New settings panel and profile manager to create, remove and switch configuration settings.
–    Custom keyboard shortcuts management.
Image Processing
–    More than 20 new filters and effects.
–    New despeckle filter in batch acquisition/import filters.
–    Improvement of all document imaging filters such as Auto – deskew, punch holes removal…
–    Replacement of autocrop by automatic black borders removal in batch acquisition/import filters.
Annotations
–    Pre-set annotations support with a featured designer.
–    New annotation : polygon ruler.

You can see the full history of changes on our dedicated page.

The download of PaperScan V3 is available here.

paperscan

To evaluate the V3, just uninstall your old version and reinstall the new one.
Each download of a commercial version (PaperScan Home and PaperScan Pro) comes with a 30 days trial. And as usual, the free version stays free!
Give it a try and let us know what you think on the forum!

Pricing
The pricing of PaperScan V3 is still the same: 49 USD for the Home Edition and 149 USD for the Pro Edition.
Customers who purchased a license after December 26th 2014 are eligible for a free upgrade.
For an upgrade from version 2, the upgrade price for the Home edition is 25 USD. The upgrade price for the Pro edition is 75 USD.
You own a V1 or V2 and you’re not sure about the different opportunities to upgrade to V3? You can contact us here.
Our sales team will be happy to answer all your questions!

Cheers!
Elodie

Hi folks,

PaperScan version 2 is released!

There are quite a few changes in the interface and brand new features. The software is now faster, more accurate, more ergonomic and up-to-date with the latest technologies available on the market!

PaperScan v2 Screenshot

PaperScan v2

So… what’s new in PaperScan V2?

Interface changes

  • Annotation toolbar (Pro edition).
  • Option to show / hide the viewer toolbar.
  • User Interface improvements and fixes.

 

Improvements of existing features

  • Tiff file saving is dramatically faster.
  • Speed of all document imaging filters improved.
  • Persistent settings behavior improved.

 

New features

  • WebP image format saving added.
    WebP is a new image format to reduce the size of images. Want to know more about formats and how to use them? Check this blog!
  • Option to Crop Selected Area In a New Page.
  • Option to save PDF with Fast Web View mode enabled to allow large PDF files to be displayed in browsers really fast.
  • Support for scanning with separator sheets to save your documents in files of variable page number (Pro edition).

You can see the history of the changes on our dedicated page.

Download PaperScan V2

 

To evaluate the V2, just desinstall your old version and reinstall the new one.
Each download of a commercial version (PaperScan Home and PaperScan Pro) comes with a 30 days trial. And the free version… well it stays free!
Give it a try and let us know what you think on the forum!

The pricing of PaperScan V2 is the same than PaperScan V1: 49 USD for the Home Edition and 149 USD for the Pro Edition. At this price you don’t get just a scanning software, you get a complete tool for processing and managing your documents and images!

You own a V1 and you would like to know the different opportunities to upgrade to V2?
You can contact us here.
We will be happy to answer all your questions!

Cheers!
Elodie

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 MP3.com 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 : “MikeRoweSoft.com”.
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 MikeRoweForums.com, 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!

Bogdan

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Hi folks,

Today we will try to give you a quick overview on the GIF file format.

GIF format was introduced by CompuServe in 1987 and soon became widely adopted because it supported colours (unlike its CompuServe predecessor, RLE) and it was small-sized (thanks to the LZW lossless compression algorithm, we’ve told you a story about that in a previous article), allowing reasonably fast file transfers even for the slow, dial-up modems era.
CompuServe was a company way ahead of its time.
It was founded in Columbus, Ohio, in 1969 (the “prehistory” of the internet) by an insurance company (“Golden United Life Insurance”), initially to provide computing power for in-house optimization of the data-management needs of the mother company but shortly CompuServe became a serious business on its own, some naming it “the Google of the 70’s and 80’s”.
First they rented computing power time to other companies (when computers were idle), then a long series of pioneering achievements followed, here is an incomplete enumeration: one of the first companies to offer online services, world’s first online service offering internet connectivity, issued and hosted thousands of moderated forums, created a file transfer protocol, developed its own (proprietary) email services, hosted the first WYSIWYG email and forum posts content, pioneered the online shopping, created customized portals, pioneered online financial services, created an online chat system, introduced online games and published the first online newspaper and the first online comics.
And invented GIF, of course.

GIF (“Graphics Interchange Format”) is a bitmap graphics file format, its first version being referred to as GIF 87a, to indicate the year of release, 1987.
Two years and many enhancements later, GIF 89a version was introduced and it accounts for the vast majority of GIFs currently existing on the internet.
It provides image designers with 256 colors, allows multiple images storage for animation purposes (not in the sense of multipage, as in TIFF), provides controls for animation (animation speed and single/infinite loop option), allows on-or-off transparency (no intermediary gradients of transparency, as in PNG), provides lossless compression and introduced interlacing as an option.

Interlacing, when it concerns image files, means the image is gradually rendered by a browser but rendering starts immediately after download starts so, at first, the image looks unclear, like being out of focus, then, as its download continues, it becomes sharper and sharper, finally showing in full quality when image download is complete.
Previously described Progressive JPEG and the soon to be described PNG formats provide optional interlacing feature, too, but while in GIF and Progressive JPEG case interlacing changes the rendering order of the horizontal lines, the PNG format allows changing the order both horizontally and vertically.

As for compression, GIF uses the LZW lossless compression algoritm eversince it was created.
LZW was a perfect fit for its 8-bits-per-pixel color encoding (ie, maximum 256 colors displayed at one time in a frame) as well as for the animation feature, because GIF animation works by successively displaying bitmap images slightly different from one another (frames), their most part remaining unchanged so, being repetitive, most data are subject to very efficient compression by LZW.
GIF format isn’t commonly used for photos because compressing only 256 colors, even in a lossless manner, provides much poorer results than lossy compressing some 16 millions colors, like JPEG does.

Although the LZW algorithm was/is a major contributor to GIF’s popularity and widespread, it also gave it almost 10 years of torment (since about 1994 until about 2004) caused by the Unisys patent protection controversy.
But nowadays GIF format enjoys times of peace and recognition which will probably continue to last as long as people will keep their apetite for logos, icons, animated emoticons, low-res short clips, educational animated clips and so forth.
In 2012, this venerable format received public tribute from the Oxford Dictionaries USA subsidiary of Oxford University Press, the word “GIF” being granted the “Word of the Year” title, both as a noun and as a verb.
So now the question is: to GIF or not to GIF ?

We will try to answer this shakespearian question in a future article about which bitmap format fits best for which purpose, as PaperScan supports them all.

See you next week!

Bogdan

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