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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!

Cheers!

The ORPALIS Team

The ORPALIS Team wishes you a great holiday!

The ORPALIS Team wishes you a great holiday!

PaperScan Version 3 New Major Version

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

PaperScan version 2 is released!

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

Briefly about PNG

Hi folks!

As promised last time, today we are going to give you a very quick overview on PNG format.

In a previous article we’ve told you that  PNG format resulted from the effort of making a better and royalty-free successor for GIF, which at that time was confronted with a patent issue due to the LZW compression.
After the LZW patent expired, GIF got back to “freedom” but PNG was already there as the world’s most used lossless compression raster image format for WWW sharing, standing as a living example of how great things people can achieve when outrage unifies them against what they consider to be unfair.
As Wikipedia’s dedicated article puts it, “the original PNG specification was authored by an ad-hoc group of computer graphics experts and enthusiasts. Discussions and decisions about the format were done exclusively via email.”

But that’s about all when it comes to poetic aspects in the history of  PNG; all the rest is a remarkable lesson of practical efficiency.
The first  PNG draft was issued on 04 January 1995 and within just one week,  most of the major PNG  features were proposed if not even already accepted.
In the upcoming 3 weeks, 7 important drafts were produced.
Such amazing efficiency is explained by the above cited source as being the result of the high level of expertise of the team members combined with the “benevolent dictatorship” role assumed by Thomas Boutell.
Looks like this collaboration model (a small team of skilled members led by a respected and even beloved “dictator” , having an undisputed final word whenever consensus isn’t reached) worked very well for Linux kernel development , too (in that case the “dictator” being Linus Torvalds, of course), which is quite an interesting detail to mention as our own team works exactly the same way.
But back to PNG, by the begining of March 1995 (just 2 months after creation of the very first draft!) all specifications were in place (as of draft # 9)  and they were so good they were officialy frozen.
In October 1996 version 1 of the PNG specifications was publicly released, at the same time becoming a W3C recomendation.

In short, the PNG format, (Portable Network Graphics, file extension .png) is a network-friendly, patent-free lossless raster graphics file format supporting grayscale images (with or without alpha channel) as well as both palette-based images (with palettes of 24-bit RGB or 32-bit RGBA colors) and full-color non-palette-based RGBA images (with or without alpha channel).
It also notoriously provides a transparency channel, allowing the colors in the image to fade from opaque to transparent.
And as its primary purpose was quality-image sharing over the internet, PNG optionally allows 2D interlacing , we’ve told you about that in our previous articles on JPEG and GIF formats.

But let’s add just 2 quick side-notes.
First, PNG not being meant for professional-quality printing purposes, it doesn’t support CMYK  or other non-RGB color spaces .
The other one is about animations support : as a “successor” to GIF, PNG provides animation feature but not within the PNG format itself.
Instead, a variant (or extension) of PNG exists, named MNG (“Multiple-image Network Graphics”), which was still designed by the PNG Group, but it never reached popularity.

All that being said, PNG is an universal (cross-platform and cross-browser) format with a well-deserved place among digital image formats standards.

Of course, all our products, such as GdPicture.NET SDK toolkits for developers or PaperScan for the general public, fully supports PNG as well as its conversion to- and from-  some other 90 image file formats.

In our next article we are going to make a synthesis to find out -by weighing the pros and cons- which image format would be a best fit for which purpose.

So see you next week!

Bogdan

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Briefly About TIFF

Hi folks,

Let’s resume the short descriptions on most popular raster image file formats and today take a short overview of the “senior” TIFF bitmap format, which will soon be 30 years old, quite an admirable age when it comes to computing.

TIFF (“Tagged Information File Format”, file extensions .tif or .tiff) format was officially released back in 1986 by Aldus Corporation (now Adobe) with the intention of providing a standardized format for files resulted from scanning process, as at that time the many existing proprietary formats were creating serious compatibility issues.

Aldus did a great job as TIFF quickly became widely adopted, being a platform-independent and very flexible format.
In fact it is so flexible that its most recent specifications are dated 21 years ago (in 1992) as a result of the fact that no important improvements were requested by users.
Such flexibility (which actually also translates into complexity) makes us tell you but few words about TIFF, to draw a quick portrait sketch by using just few lines.

To put it in a nutshell, TIFF allows to store single/multiple pages at any required quality and to add any imaginable tags from the most basic to private ones. It supports all kinds of color encoding (ranging from B/W, through greyscale and up to color schemes) and many compression algorithms, such as LZW we’ve told you about not so long ago, CCITT or JPEG-based.
By offering such a luxuriant palette of options, TIFF is the best container to store highly detailed image information and it keeps on being the number one option for digital image preservation.
So no wonder why TIFF format is chosen whenever serious storage is required, albeit scaning important documents, desktop publishing or even storing master-versions of photos.
Of course this clean and open format has its drawbacks too, the biggest one being about size.
But keeping in mind the various lossy and losless compression options TIFF has to offer as well as the fact that digital storage space is already cheap and gets cheaper and cheaper every day, the size aspect is not a really bothering one at least not for professionals.
And its 4 GB maximum size limitation didn’t prove to be a main reason of frustration among users (but should it become one, it can be enhanced by Adobe, which currently holds all rights on TIFF specifications).

All in all, TIFF is not the format one would prefer for sharing images over the web, but its baseline specifications along with the wide range of subformats which extends up to exotic boundaries such as the GeoTIFF developed by NASA makes it perfect to store master copies for long-lasting purposes.
But being highly successfull, TIFF is also highly convertible so anyone can create more web-suited versions of his treasured images, by converting to formats such as PNG or JPEG.

Needless to say we support TIFF format and conversions in all our products, offering complex handling options for developers that use our GdPicture.NET SDK within their projects, as well as offering total simplicity for our general public users of PaperScan to annotate or convert TIFFs to or from other 90 file formats including PDF.

Next week we are going to tell you some practical basics on PNG.

See you then!

Bogdan

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