Scanning software and Microsoft Word

I am looking for a scanning software that will allow me to scan to Microsoft Word. If it has PDF it would be a bonus.

I would welcome people's direct experience with such software.

I am happy to use Free or Paid software.

Tom
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MarkusIdCommented:
Hi,

I suppose it is not about scanning as a picture but scanning as text - so look out for OCR software, this might be just what you need.

Best wishes,
Markus
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ScootekAuthor Commented:
Yes, I am looking for OCR software. I already have something I use. This is for a client.
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WolfhereCommented:
Look into OmniPage Pro http://www.nuance.com/for-business/by-product/omnipage/index.htm
They (Nuance) has been at this a long time. For OCR that you need, changing the PDF raster into Word Vector...the recognition takes little training. Although about $100 more than ABBYY, you get more for the money. Compatibility with multi-function printers could very well effect bottom line. This software can be used for document imaging and digital storage (sharepoint).
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awawadaCommented:
We use ABBYY Finereader on 10000 clients. It's the best.
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nobusCommented:
there are free ocr scanner softwares :
http://www.simpleocr.com/
more here : freeocr :  http://www.freedownloadscenter.com/Best/ocr-free-scan.html
TOP 5 :   http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/top-5-free-ocr-software-tools-to-convert-your-images-into-text-nb/

and if you have office 2003 -  it had a document imaging tool  !
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ScootekAuthor Commented:
I have used OmniPage on this occasion it doesn't seem to work that will. I will try Abbey Fine Reader.

Thanks to all.
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