Move Program

Posted on 2014-04-01
Last Modified: 2014-04-02

I have upgraded my PC and I need ScanSoft Omnipage 4 on the new one but I cannot find the original installation CD

It is bought and paid for a few years ago, but now I am stuck.

Is there any way to transfer the program from the old PC to the new?

Many thanks


Why can I only enter a 30 character title? there is no way to describe a problem such as "move a PC program from one windows machine to another" in 30 characters... I couldnt' even fit "Transfer Software to another PC" in 30 characters unless I learn shorthand LOL ! - so my apologies for the ridiculous and meaningless title to this question - I'll be lucky if I get one response!!!!

I just tried to re submit and even the TAG can't be more than 30 characters long. Oh well - lets see what happens!
Question by:tryinghard45

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And why does the form allow you to just keep typing then tell you afterwards "only allowed 30 characters" !!! You have to count manually - the tag maxlength="30" would save all this hassle!!! It's hardly expert stuff!!!
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by:Danny Child
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Laplink do some software called PCmover that claims to move apps well.

Entry level seems to be $20.

has some mixed reviews, it's fair to say... but if you're just after one app, it might be worth doing as the new version of Omnipage appears to cost $150.
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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Hi Matt,
I have a copy of OmniPage 4.01. It is on three floppy disks. The <setup.exe> is dated 22-Jun-1994. The newest file on the three floppies is dated 29-Mar-1996. It was not even ScanSoft back was still Caere (ScanSoft acquired Caere in 2000; ScanSoft acquired Nuance in 2005 and decided to do business going forward as Nuance, not ScanSoft). OmniPage 4 was designed to run on W95. I don't think you'll have much luck running it in W7.

It just occurred to me that perhaps you mean OmniPage 14 (not 4), which was released in 2003 and certified to run on XP. If so, you can get replacement media from Nuance at a nominal charge — call their customer service at 800-654-1187 (you'll need your OP14 serial number).

If OmniPage is important to you, you should consider getting OP18. The latest version is OP Ultimate (which is actually OP19), but it is very expensive — list price $500, street price $350-450. OP18 has excellent OCR accuracy, is certified on W7, and has a street price for the standard version of just $60:

For most OCR users. OP18 (standard) is fine, and it is much less expensive than OP18 Pro, which, like OP19, has a list price of $500 (and a street price in the $350 range).

Re your 30-character title issue, that's not normal. I don't know what the limit is, but, for example, here's a question posted today with a title of 65 chars:

Tags might be limited to 30 chars...I don't know. But I do know you can have many of them, so if you need lots of chars in tags, enter as many tags as you want (separated by commas). Regards, Joe

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Thank you for all your help.

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Just a quick update - I have attached a couple of files regarding ScanSoft SE 4

I'm wondering if it was some "bundled" software that came with the scanner? (a Canon LIDE 600F)

Anyway it was just for your information

Thank you again

Best regards


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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE
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Hi Matt,
The "SE" makes a big difference! It stands for Special Edition. You are correct about it — the SE versions are bundled with scanners. Nuance does deals with many scanner manufacturers to include bundled copies of OmniPage (and PaperPort — see below). In addition to the money that Nuance earns on the OEM deals, the other play for Nuance is to offer an "inexpensive" upgrade from the bundled SE version to the full retail version. However, the street price of the full version is often less than the upgrade cost!

So your OP SE 4.0 is certainly based on a later version than the 1996 OP 4.0, although I don't know what version that is. According to Canon's What's in the Box page, the CanoScan LiDE 600F came with a Setup Software & User's Guide CD-ROM. However, Nuance does not allow the scanner manufacturers to post OmniPage (or PaperPort) at their websites. But you may me be able to get Canon to send you replacement media by contacting them here:

That said, if you're willing to spend $60, I think you'll be happier with the retail full OP18 (standard) that I mentioned above. Also, another idea is to go with Nuance's PaperPort, which is not a dedicated OCR package, but can perform OCR via OmniPage, which is included "under the covers" (the OmniPage OCR engine is built into PaperPort):

PaperPort is a robust scanning/imaging package that does a lot more than just OCR (but for pure OCR, is not as robust as OmniPage). I use PaperPort extensively, much more than OmniPage. Its OCR capabilities (via the built-in OmniPage) may be adequate for your purposes. I don't know what your OCR requirements are, but, for example, if you're primarily interested in creating PDF searchable files, PaperPort does a great job (both via scanning and Save As). PaperPort Pro is expensive (list price of $200, street price usually around half that), but the latest PaperPort (standard), which is version 14, is available right now for a street price in the $35 range:

I doubt that you'll need the features in PP14 Pro that aren't in PP14 (standard), but if you'd like to compare them, take a look at the file <Comparison Matrix of PP14 Standard and PP14 Professional.pdf> in the Files section at this wiki:

As a disclaimer, I want to emphasize that I have no affiliation with Nuance and no financial interest in it whatsoever. I am simply a happy user/customer. Regards, Joe

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