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NUANCE PaperPort 14
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs Experiment. Not all that interesting 06/04/2013

This review is from: NUANCE PaperPort 14

Pros: File Explorer nice, providing "mounted" directories and thumbnails of all file types.
Scanning to PDF quick and easy.

Cons: "All in one Indexing" crashes the OCR service on arbitrary jpegs (maybe 1 out of 100 from my Sony DSC-T100 camera), which prevents completion of indexing entire "mounted" directories. Solution I read was to move those certain problematic files elsewhere.

This indexing also takes the text from a file (Excel text, OCR'ed JPEG text, ...) and keeps it in a blob of raw text for later searching. When searching later it can determine the file contains the text, but doesn't show you the text in the scanned JPEG (ex: highlighted on the scanned receipt or contract).

Other Thoughts: I got this inexpensively from a NewEgg sale to see the state of those "scan my receipt" systems. Neat receipts hadn't been very convenient/usable a few years ago, and I was ready to try again.

I was ultimately disappointed that I couldn't mount my two main directories and get the indexing to work fully. If I had, I would have started scanning receipts, and other documents, for storage and full text searching... but I still have the concern about the "this scanned document has your search term, but I can't show you where" capability.

The system acted as a file explorer with some nice thumbnail and "directory mounting" capabilities that simplify tree-based browsing. I was surprised that it was interesting to me, and may start looking for a high powered "file explorer" program that feels better than the standard Windows 7 file explorer. If the new program could also crack open JPGs for their text, then I think it would do everything that I was asking PaperPort to do.

The scan/photo manipulation features were never interesting to me, so I can't speak to those capabilities.

It would be nice if my JPG bug could be fixed, but I may or may not contact Nuance support due to my general disinterest in the product. Had I spent full price, I would have been much more disappointed. Committing more time to this experiment (or this review) is more than I intended.

With the big caveat of the bug I encountered, this actually is a reasonable product... but I figured out that the features don't match up with my expectations.

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Display Name: AARON N.

Date Joined: 07/27/03

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