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Hello All,
 
I develop legal briefs on CD which potentially include multimedia presentations, multiple searchable documents and form elements.  These CD’s are used by courts.  I am an attorney and not a programmer or a schooled designer.  When I purchased Acrobat 7 Pro, I also purchased the book, “Acrobat Forms with JavaScript” and the “Adobe Acrobat 7 PDF Bible.”  I also have OmniPage Pro 12 for its OCR capabilities (and besides, it came with the DocuMate 262 scanner I purchased).
 
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(1)   Is Acrobat 8 Pro sufficiently different than version 7 so that purchasing “Adobe Acrobat 8 PDF Bible” or another book would be
recommended for a-bit-beyond-novice user like me?  Any recommendations for a book other than the “Bible?”
(2)   Would anyone recommend upgrading to the OmniPage Pro 15 to use its OCR capabilities (both fast & accurate), or is the OCR engine used by Acrobat 8 Pro much faster and more accurate than that in version 7, and therefore, sufficient for scanning, OCR and conversion of documents which are potentially hundreds of pages in length?
 
Thank you,
edsager
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Acrobat 8 has a few new features. The most important one for you would probably be redacting documents right in Acrobat. Another new feature is bates numbering. You can probably figure both out by just using Acrobat's built in help, but  if you run into problems, getting a book is probably a good idea. If you are happy with how the Bible, I would just go with the new version of the book.

I have not done much scanning and even less OCR in Acrobat 8, so I would probably not be the right person to comment on that, but just the limited scanning I've done has convinced me that staying with a non-Acrobat scanning solution is (at least for me) the right thing to do. I am partial to Abbyy's FineReader.
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khkremer,

Once again, you have the best answer.  I will get the new Bible and Abby as well.

I must say that I was impressed with talking to Abby customer assistance.  I was told that the free upgrade they offer is available for all OCR products and that they will simply trust their customers.

Again, thank you,
edsager
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