ScanSoft and Vividata Announce Agreement to Provide OCR Technology to Unix and Linux Users

ScanSoft, Inc., a leader in paper-to-digital solutions, has announced an agreement with Vividata, Inc., a Unix and Linux imaging software company, to provide Vividata customers with the latest OCR technology. The full range of features and benefits of the ScanSoft OCR technology will be available to Vividata's broad base of OCR Shop(R) users. With this agreement, Unix and Linux users will now have full access to OCR functionality previously only available to users of Windows-based systems. Vividata will provide its customers with a full range of OCR features in its OCR Shop product. In addition, Vividata will also provide a developers kit for customers interested in integrating the OCR technology into their own Unix and Linux applications. The latest OCR technology from ScanSoft provides several significant new features, including full support for 54 foreign languages. This increase from 14 will enable Vividata to provide its worldwide customer base with versions of OCR Shop suited to their individual markets. ScanSoft has added support for PDF output filters, enabling Unix users to save and retrieve Unix-based PDF files.