The latest version of Readiris is available in Home, Pro and Corporate editions, ranging in price from £45 to £360.

The Pro edition offers an excellent range of features, with 'SmartTasks' for quick and easy OCR processing and automatic saving to various file formats, including Word, Excel, OpenOffice and RTF.

You can also save files in Microsoft's XPS format, which can result in file sizes that are as little as 1/200th of the normal size.

In our tests, Readiris 12 Pro proved impressively accurate when converting scanned documents into editable text, and maintained complex layouts very well.

The only real problem was that spaces were sometimes removed from between words printed in italic text, so two or three words would be run together.

The new interface is clear and easy to use, as well as being available in 25 languages. Fast and competent at reading scanned pages, PDF files and photographs of pages taken on a digital camera, Readiris 12 Pro is an impressive package.

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