I.R.I.S. launches IRISPdf 4.0, the new version of its production OCR solution

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I.R.I.S. Group, a publicly traded company (Euronext: IRI), market leader in Automatic Document Recognition (ADR), Electronic Document Management (EDM) and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) has released IRISPdf 4.0 a major upgrade of its production OCR solution to convert millions of document a day.

Todays public organisations and companies need to convert all their paper information in editable/searchable electronic documents in order to efficiently manage and share their knowledge and to be more productive.

IRISPdf is an advanced production OCR solution that allows to convert volumes of scanned documents into electronic data and to supply any document management system with the appropriate file format and size.

Introducing IRISPdf 4
IRISPdf is available in 3 versions packaged as separated products: IRISPdf 4 for KODAK Capture Software (KCS), IRISPdf 4 Server and IRISPdf 4 Developer Edition.

IRISPdf for KCS is a high-speed production OCR solution for processing of large amounts of documents. This software is used as a batch output format of KODAK Capture Software, the high-speed scanning solution of Kodak. KCS will generate the structured index while IRISPdf will generate the full-text index allowing easy retrieval when stored in your Document Management System. IRISPdf for KCS is very easy to set up. Once installed and configured, KCS and IRISPdf are just one and the same application.

This new version can also be launched as a Windows Service allowing the software to be part of the Operating System.

IRISPdf Developer Edition, is a new version allowing to extend the integration possibilities of IRISPdf to any other applications. It is possible to call different functions of IRISPdf directly from other applications. A .Net component is also available.

Pierre De Muelenaere, President & CEO of I.R.I.S. Group, comments: This new version contains important new features. For instance, the capability to produce very small fully-searchable PDF files for archiving has been considerably improved. It is also possible to simultaneously produce different kind of outputs, for the same batch of documents. Many new imaging and recognition options have been added. Based on a number of customer input, we have also considerably improved the batch and watched folder mechanism in order to satisfy the needs of the users handling very massive amount of documents. Earlier versions of IRISPdf have been increasingly successful on the market and we expect a very positive response from our customers with IRISPdf 4.

Main New and Improved features of IRISPdf 4

JPEG2000 Compression NEW

IRISPdf dramatically reduces the output file size of fully-searchable PDF without loosing the quality of the image thanks to the JPEG2000 Compression. Several options are available as fixed ratio, fixed output file size, etc. Another option optimises either the quality of the text either the quality of the images.

The Watched Folder mode as a Windows Service NEW

The Watched Folder mode can be activated as a Windows Service facilitating herewith the automation of the process.

IRISPdf Developer Edition NEW

IRISPdf exists as a real toolkit allowing you to integrate the solution in a few clicks into your own application.

New Formatting Options NEW

In order to reproduce as much as possible the original document in electronic files, weve added new formatting options: Add image as page background, Retain color of text, Retain color of background, Keep paper size.

Support of Dualstream Images NEW

IRISPdf Server is now also able to handle dualstream images i.e. a batch of images scanned as well in color as in B&W.

E-mail Notification when Process is Halted NEW

When an image cant be converted into text, IRISPdf first tries to keep the original image and if not possible reports an error. In both cases, an e-mail is sent to the administrator.

Robust Watching Process IMPROVED

The OCR process and the watching process are separated in two different executables. In case the OCR process is idle for a long time, the other executable automatically restarts it.


Now the page analysis is done on the color image resulting in better zone segmentation. This new engine also recognises the color of the text and keeps it in the output file.

Extension of the File Output Formats IMPROVED

The number of output formats has been quite extended with the following output formats: .doc files, WordML, PDF with text over image, PDF with JPEG2000, HTML and JPEG2000 images.

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