These four programs and a free online service make it easy to turn your paper documents into editable digital ones. Which one to use depends on what you need to accomplish with it.
The Brother HL-3170CDW color laser-class (LED) printer offers good speed and adequate print quality for an inexpensive purchase price, plus, its toner costs are reasonable. However, users seeking better output quality should look at a business inkjet.
Sorenson Squeeze 9 is expensive, but it's also a best-of-breed video transcoding app that's multi-threaded fast and produces sterling output.
OmniPage 18 Standard is a flexible program that will more than satisfy basic OCR needs.
Abbyy FineReader 11 Professional has the same strengths and foibles as Nuance's competing pro edition. Though a snap to use, it's a little more expensive than similar programs.
This external USB 3.0 hard drive boasts write performance rivaling that of an external SSD.
For straight text extraction, you can't beat this competent freebie. You won't find advanced output options, but there's no price tag, either.
If your needs are modest, then this limited but free online OCR service will extract your text just fine. It supports 29 languages, including English.
The HP Envy 120 is for those who do only a little printing and a little scanning, but who want to do it in style.
Undeniably good-looking, the Acer Aspire U all-in-one delivers a classy desktop computing and multimedia experience. We’ve selected it to serve as our reference desktop PC.
The Patriot Aero creates a Wi-Fi hotspot for multimedia streaming, and it works well. In battery life and performance, however, it's a step behind the competition.
For a moderate-volume small or home office the Pixma MX922 shines, but its ink prices are a little higher than average.
New text-to-speech features plus a Metro-style utility and PDF forms take OmniPage where it's never been before. Already a top OCR program, the Ultimate version is good for workgroups, but overkill (and pricey) for those with little need.
LibreOffice is a competitive alternative to Microsoft Office that is extensible, highly compatible, highly configurable, and free.
The OfficeJet Pro 276dw is expensive, but it's a Cadillac among inkjet MFPs—fast and capable—and a bargain compared to the laser competition.