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What OCR software do you recommend and why? I'm looking for free or relatively cheap software that will integrate well with Microsoft Word and if possible with Macromedia Dreamweaver (converting physical documents to web pages)
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If you have the full version of Adobe Acrobat, it does an acceptable job at OCR.  And, if you document "volume" is not high, Acrobat functions well as a document management system.
Good luck, DGB
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Microsoft Office 2003 comes with OCR software.
Here is a how to:http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/HP010771031033.aspx

Microsoft Office 2007, however, utilizes OneNote to recognize scanned documents.
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Omnipage with Paperport works extremely well for me.  It's a small office (i.e. me) but I see a lot of paper, and scan everything important.  Paperport works at the interface - You can scan a document directly into a text recognized PDF file.  You can even scan batches, and put a blank page between each document, and Paperport will create separate files (although I have had mixed success with this function).  The OCR is noticeably better than Acrobat's OCR, although Acrobat is usually good enough.  For me, it is the streamlined process of putting documents into the system.  Perhaps the scanner is just as (if not more) important.  Vissioneer 252 or 262 (also sold under the Xerox name) are pretty nice (although not cheap).

Good luck.  DGB
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