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Article #277 (376 is last):
>Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.news
From: aa384@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Doug Wokoun)
Subject: ST Report Confidential (November 22, 1991)
Posted-By: xx004 (aa400 - John J. Lehett)
Reply-To: aa384@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Doug Wokoun)
Edited-By: xx004 (aa400 - John J. Lehett)
Date: Wed Dec 11 20:12:41 1991


Taken from: ST Report online magazine, issue #746 (November 22, 1991):


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| > STReport CONFIDENTIAL        "Reporting ABOUT Atari...not FOR Atari!"
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|
|      * "Rumors - Tidbits - Predictions - Observations - Hot Tips" *
|         ========================================================
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|
|
| - Federal Way, WA.      MIGRAPH ANNOUNCES INTELLIGENT OPTICAL CHARACTER
|   ---------------          RECOGNITION APPLICATION FOR ATARI SYSTEMS
|
|
|
|     "Since the release of the Migraph Hand Scanner, we have been searching
| for  an OCR Solution that would meet Migraph's high quality and
| performance standards", state Migraph president Kevin Mitchell.  "Migraph
| OCR is the result of a joint development effort between Migraph and a top
| developer of OCR software on UNIX based systems.  The combination of the
| OCR engine and Migraph's interface provides a powerful, yet easy to use
| program."
|
|     "Perhaps a better indication of our commitment to the ST market can be
| measured by the emergence of Migraph OCR, The Omnifont based OCR product.
| You will not find any of the leading PC Software giants rushing to spend
| thousands of dollars, and several man-years to port a $500 OCR package to
| the Atari. Nor has any developer for the ST made the large upfront cash
| investment necessary to bring Omnifont technology to the ST.
|
|     Well, just like you, we at Migraph got tired of waiting. So we forged
| a strategic alliance with an OCR Omnifont engine developer. Together, we
| are bringing their mature UNIX OCR engine coupled with our intuitive
| interface to the ST market. The cost to Migraph has been substantial. We
| have focused our complete financial and manpower resources on this
| project.  We've done this knowing that your satisfaction and word of mouth
| recommendation would generate years of sales as we continue to support and
| improve the product."
|
|     Optical Character Recognition is the process of using software to
| recognize text characters that have been scanned into the computer.  The
| end result is an ASCII file which can be loaded into a word processor or
| desktop publishing programs.
|
| OMNIFONT TECHNOLOGY
|
|     Migraph OCR uses Omnifont Technology, widely recognized as the leading
| technology for OCR products.  Omnifont technology enables the program to
| recognize characters based on mathematical definitions rather than a set
| pattern.  This greatly increases the speed of the application as well as
| its accuracy.
|
|     "Having the Omnifont engine makes this a quality product.  Adding
| 'Intelligence' makes it a superior product" states Kevin Mitchell.
| "Trainable OCR programs have the capacity to learn new symbols aided by
| the user.  Migraph OCR uses lexicons and linguistic dictionaries to help
| recognize characters, so that fewer characters are presented for
| identification by the user.  The end result is quicker and better
| character recognition and a more satisfied user."
|
| Migraph OCR includes these additional features:
|
|     = Directly supports the Migraph and Golden Image Hand Scanners
|
|     = Loads IMG and TIFF files
|
|     = Defines text and graphic areas; saves out text as ASCII files and
|       saves graphics in TIFF or IMG format.
|
|     = Includes four different linguistic databases: English, French,
|       German and Dutch.
|
|     = Allows the user to create dictionaries for multipage documents that
|       have the same type of characters (mathematical, Greek, etc.)
|
|     = Easy to use interface.
|
| REQUIREMENTS
|
| Migraph OCR will run on any Atari ST, Mega, STe or TT system with 2mb ram
| and a hard disk drive.
|
| AVAILABILITY
|
| Migraph OCR will be available this December through normal distribution
| channels as well as direct from Migraph.  The suggested retail price is
| $299.00
|
| For additional Information:
|
|                               MIGRAPH INC.
|                          200 South 333rd Street
|                                 Suite 220
|                          Federal Way, WA  98003
|                           1-206-838-4637 voice
|                            1-206-838-4702 Fax
|
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|
|
| - Girard, OH                       DR BOB'S SCANLITE! HERE!!
|   ----------
|
|
|                         New From Dr. Bobware
|                              Dr. Bob's
|                           S C A N L I T E
|
| Scan and Save software that directly supports many hand scanners
| available for the ST/TT. GeniScan/ST (tm), Migraph (tm), DAATAscan (tm)
| and the Golden Image (tm) hand scanners are currently supported with
| plans to add to that list as the need arises.
|
| ScanLite requires less than 20k of memory making it an excellent choice
| for systems without megs and megs of memory. ScanLite is a superb choice
| for those who like to scan large images while at the same time being
| able to keep their favorite system enhancements installed. ScanLite is
| great too for large systems when all you want is a quick, no-hassles
| scan & save.
|
| View as You Scan in all ST and TT resolutions. Easy to use dialog for
| desired scan length in either inches or centimeters. An adjustable time-
| out feature that's compatible and convenient across the accelerator
| board spectrum. No more drumming your fingers on the desk while you wait
| for a timeout. No more timeout before you can get situated for an ideal
| scan.
|
| ScanLite saves scans as .IMG files in either super-compact or 'uncom-
| pressed' format for maximum compatibility across system platforms.
|
| ScanLite CAN RUN AS A PROGRAM OR AN ACCESSORY! For accessory running,
| ScanLite has a fully configurable memory reserve feature which allows
| scanning within programs that take all of system memory space for
| themselves (like PageStream). Or, should you choose to run as an
| accessory with no memory reserve feature, ScanLite will take only 20K of
| memory space until you call it up. It will then use what's available
| from the system, giving that memory back when it's done!
|
| When ScanLite is installed as an accessory, it's fully loaded with the
| ability to communicate with other programs running under GEM! This
| enables you scan directly into any program that's designed to "talk" to
| ScanLite! We are currently discussing ScanLite compatibility with
| several other ST/TT software publishers so if you'd like to be able to
| scan directly into your favorite program, give the publisher a call and
| ask if they are ScanLite ready!
|
| ScanLite currently has the ability to directly interface with the
| COALESCE merging software that comes with THE TRAY from WizWorks! Scan
| directly into COALESCE for easy picture perfect full page scans with
| your existing DAATAscan (tm), GeniScan/ST (tm), Golden Image (tm) or
| Migraph (tm) hand scanner.
|
| ScanLite is available for only $20 from......
|
|                                 WizWorks!
|                            Post Office Box 45
|                             Girard, OH 44420
|                              (216) 539-5623
|                         MasterCard/VISA accepted
|                   (3%) Shipping only $1.00 additional!
|
|
|
| - GIRARD, OH                          DR. WIZWORKS STRIKES AGAIN!!!
|   ----------
|
|
|                         New From Dr. WizWorks!
|                             THE TRAY (tm)!
|           FULL PAGE SCANS USING YOUR EXISTING HAND SCANNER!
|
| THE TRAY is the ultimate hand scanner guide measuring 20 inches long by
| 12 inches wide to easily accomodate US letter, US legal, and Euro A4
| paper sizes. It's manufactured with strict tolerances and has an at-
| tached clear vinyl overlay to hold your page rock-steady for accurate
| scanning.
|
| Just place your hand scanner into the cradle and scan both halves of a
| page. Use the included ST/TT COALESCE software written by Chet Walters
| to merge the two images together into a full page! The COALESCE software
| can print the freshly merged image to HP DeskJet, HP LaserJet or Atari
| SLM laser printers with a multiple function for fast "photocopies" or,
| you can elect to save the full page as an .IMG file for use with any
| software you like. COALESCE can also re-load these full page .IMG files
| (or any .IMG for that matter) for quick re- printing anytime.
|
| COALESCE is also specially designed to directly interface with Dr. Bob's
| ScanLite so if you're a Scan Lite owner, you can scan and save directly
| from within COALESCE!
|
| THE TRAY gives you a steady helping hand to straghten out any scanning
| task and fits most hand scanner body styles available for the ST/TT line
| of computers. THE TRAY is a trademark of the LYRA Group and comes with
| the ready to run COALESCE merging software for all ST/TT computers. The
| THE TRAY fits GeniScan/ST (tm), Golden Image (tm), Migraph (tm),
| DAATAscan (tm) and most other scanner bodies available for the ST/TT.
|
| Available for only $69.95 ..... Why pay more?
|
|                                 WizWorks!
|                            Post Office Box 45
|                             Girard, OH 44420
|                              (216) 539-5623
|                         MasterCard/VISA accepted
|                   (3%) Shipping only $4.00 additional!
|
| Both ScanLite and THE TRAY will be introduced at the Chicago AtariFest!
|
| The manuals have already gone to the printers!
|
|
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