Nuance OmniPage Ultimate converts text to speech

Works on iOS, Android devices

Nuance announced OmniPage Ultimate, a tool that works in Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Windows and enables users to convert paper, PDF documents and digital camera images into files users can edit, share or search. What's more, users can even convert text to speech and listen to the document on their mobile device.

Perhaps that latter feature is the most exciting one. You can convert any document to speech then listen to it on the go. While they emphasize that it's compatible with iOS and Android, it will work with just about any cell phone that plays MP3 files (which is just about all of them I would imagine).

What's more, there's a nifty cloud connector feature that lets users convert documents stored in cloud services, such as Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) Docs, Box, Dropbox and Evernote. They claim that conversion is smooth and accurate, even when there is complex formatting like tables and columns.

It's designed mostly for light-weight scanning and business process management, not for a high volume scanning shop, but Nuance is doing well by paying attention to the cloud and mobile part of the equation and that should appeal to a lot of customers looking for a simple scanning solution.

Michael Rich, general manager and senior vice president of the Nuance Document Imaging Division, said in a statement that providing tools that give access to these services across devices and platforms is becoming increasingly important.

"With business and personal technology becoming more integrated and demand for accessibility always increasing, there has never been a greater need to transform documents into new, dynamic formats without losing vital information," he said.

OmniPage Ultimate comes at a price though. New users will have to fork over $499 and those upgrading from a previous version of OmniPage will have to pay $199.

For more information:
- see the Nuance press release

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