Aquaforest Searchlight™ Enables Smart Search for Hard to Find Documents

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Aquaforest, a UK company specialising in PDF and OCR technologies, have announced the release of a new business solution known as Searchlight.

I believe the Searchlight product is unique and definitely a “leader” in this kind of document management workflow.

Aquaforest, a UK company specialising in PDF and OCR technologies, have announced the release of a new business solution known as Searchlight. The software helps to solve an important and as of yet un-tackled industry problem in the form of a search and conversion tool for unsearchable image only documents such as PDFs, Tiff files, and faxes. Searchlight™ is intended to fill the gap as a full function audit, search, and conversion tool with internal management that businesses can use in tandem with Microsoft SharePoint and Windows File Systems to organize, monitor, and use their unsearchable documents.

Most businesses could use more internal organization, but many lack the appropriate tools to do so, especially when it comes to document organization. Aquaforest's Searchlight™ is a response and solution to the estimated 20% of documents that are created in non-searchable formats and then stored by businesses. These documents, which frequently include contracts, faxes, and important data documents, do not typically come up in search because they are image-only rather than text. Standard Microsoft Search only searches for tags and text, meaning that image documents are difficult if not impossible to find except through manual browsing. Searchlight™ locates these documents, stores them in document libraries, and then if desired by the user, converts them into a readable and searchable format using Aquaforest's OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technology. Aquaforest also created their technology for usability by more businesses, using a standalone platform that can be uploaded to any server, and an easy to use Graphic User Interface (GUI). Aquaforest has presented a viable business solution for the problem that many business owners face.

Aquaforest's OCR technology, combined with a unique merging technology, preserves the formatting of the documents but makes them searchable. The process includes recognizing text, and then merging real text into the PDF or scan, allowing Windows software to search and use it, without changing the document. The GUI allows users to quickly access, audit and search individual files or folders and then make conversions on individual or all documents that have been audited in-place, or from a new document library. Libraries are created for organization, and can be monitored to automatically add new documents.

So far, reception has been great, with users already praising Searchlight's usability and efficiency. While the product was just released, Aquaforest offers free trials with audit functions for business owners to use to make a purchase decision, and the technology is already catching on.

“I believe the Searchlight product is unique and definitely a “leader” in this kind of document management workflow. The product is easy to configure and does exactly what it states it does: Automatically OCR SharePoint document libraries or Local Locations. Highly efficient, fully auditable, complete with check out & check in comments.” Says SharePoint Specialist, Jeroen Schoenmaker.

For businesses, Searchlight™ presents a ground breaking simple method of searching within unsearchable documents and is currently one of the only alternatives to manual browsing and selection. The software integrates an easy to use service with a much-needed solution for document organizing and monitoring. Searchlight™ is also multi-lingual and able to use OCR conversion on more than 100 languages including Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.

Searchlight™ supports Windows File Systems, SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2013, World Dox, and most other Windows File Management Systems. Operating systems include Windows 2008 Server, Windows 2012 Server, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Searchlight™ can now be purchased or downloaded for a free trial from Aquaforest's website and can be purchased with multiple extra cost options such as metadata extraction, iFilter modules, extended OCR modules and compression, and more.

About Aquaforest

Aquaforest was established in 2001 to provide High Performance PDF, OCR and Sharepoint products to a world-wide market. Thousands of organizations rely on Aquaforest solutions as part of their document workflow processes.

As a Company we are passionate about what we do, the software and solutions that we provide. Our teams are dedicated to delivering high quality products backed up by outstanding support and customer service.

Aquaforest Product Experts provide a complimentary advice service to potential and existing customers, covering a range of topics relating to document conversion and processing projects. We are on hand to help you get the best from our products, give us a call on +44(0)1296 468168 or email support(at)aquaforest(dot)com.

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