VueScan Enhances OCR Support as it Reaches Over 200,000 Customers

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Hamrick Software, the developer of VueScan, the world's most widely used scanning software, adds enhanced OCR support as it exceeds 200,000 customers in it's 10 years of development.

Our goal is to make VueScan known to everyone and to become the universal scanning application. We now support over 1200 scanners on Windows, 750 on Mac OS X and 580 scanners on Linux. A single 8 Mbyte download supports all these scanners, in 35 different languages.

Hamrick Software, the developer of VueScan, the world's most widely used scanning software, has released it's latest version 8.5.26 using Google's Tesseract OCR code, and announced that it's customer base now stands at more than 200,000.

"Over the past 10 years we have been working constantly on VueScan. We have released over 120 versions, all the time making over a thousand improvements. The majority of these changes came directly as requests from users. " says Ed Hamrick, President of Hamrick Software. "In VueScan 8.5.26 we've significantly improved the accuracy of OCR by integrating Google's Tesseract OCR engine in VueScan, which was in the top three OCR software packages in a test by University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In addition, we now support OCR in 33 languages and have built-in support for English, French and German languages. Support for 30 additional languages can be downloaded."

VueScan 0.1 was first released in 1998 with support for a single scanner on Windows only. Within 5 years VueScan supported more than 400 scanners, and had acquired a good reputation through word of mouth. After a further 10 years of development, VueScan now supports over 1200 scanners on 3 operating systems, has been downloaded more than 5 million times, and is the scanning program of choice for more than 200,000 customers in over 150 different countries.

"Since the first release we've made more than 1000 improvements and it's really changed a lot in this time. Adding multiple language support has made a big difference to our business, and our customers are spread globally." says Ed Hamrick. "We have many small but clearly defined features that make a world of difference for many of our customers. Some features are for photographers, some for people working with thousands of scans, some are for beginners who have never used a scanner. We've also worked hard to support scanners that manufacturers don't support any more, especially on Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)."

"Our goal is to make VueScan known to everyone and to become the universal scanning application. We now support over 1200 scanners on Windows, 750 on Mac OS X and 580 scanners on Linux. A single 8 Mbyte download supports all these scanners, in 35 different languages." says Ed Hamrick.

Future plans include adding more advanced scanning features, such as scanning multiple photos placed randomly on a scanner (auto image segmentation). All of these advanced scanning features will work with all of the 1200 supported scanners, in all 33 languages, on all three operating systems - a truly universal scanning application."

VueScan is available for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. VueScan offers a full range of advanced features; including options for scanning faded slides and prints and automatically adjusting images to optimum color balance that reduces the need to manually do it in Photoshop. It includes built-in IT8 color calibration of scanners, producing colors that look true to life, batch scanning and other advanced and powerful scanning and productivity
features, including PDF output.

For a detailed listing of VueScan features, see:

http://www.hamrick.com/abo.html

VueScan is available in two editions, Standard Edition ($39.95 USD) and Professional Edition ($79.95). The Professional Edition adds unlimited free upgrades, advanced IT8 color calibration and support for raw scan files. Multi-user licenses are available. A fully functional, trial copy of VueScan can be downloaded from http://www.hamrick.com

Based in Phoenix, AZ, Hamrick Software was founded in 1991. Its first product was VuePrint, an easy to use JPEG viewer for Windows that for many years was the recommended image viewer for AOL, with more than 100,000 users. In 1998, the company first released VueScan, a program for scanning with flatbed and film scanners, there are now more than 170,000 users all over the world. For more information, contact:

Hamrick Software
4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 70-F16
Phoenix, AZ 85048
Phone: (480) 282-8032

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