Thursday, February 17, 2011

Microsoft Office Document Imaging (MODI) can be used with 2010

Did you upgrade your Microsoft Office ® software from 2007 to 2010 and find that our OCR didn't work like it used to?

Fact: Solid Documents version 7 products use the Microsoft Office ® MODI API to recover text from scanned documents. When Microsoft Office 2010 was released we found that Microsoft had removed MODI from their Office suite. We went looking for why they did this and found it is because MODI produces .tif files which violate the TIFF standard and are usable only by the Microsoft Office Document Imaging (MODI) products.

Tip: Since our software creates PDF and not TIF, and only uses the character recognition in MODI, you can still use MODI from Office 2007 with your Office 2010!

Here's how:

How to use MODI in 2007 Office together with Office 2010
To use MODI in 2007 together with Office 2010, use one of the following methods:

  • If you do not have 2007 Office system installed on a computer that has Office 2010 installed, you can install only MODI from the 2007 Office system setup. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Start the 2007 Office setup process.
  2. Click Customize.
  3. On the Installation Options tab, select Not Available for all items except for the items under Microsoft Office Document Imaging, and then click Install Now.
  4. Click Close.
  • If you perform a standard upgrade to Office 2010 from 2007 Office, MODI will be removed together with 2007 Office. Therefore, to keep MODI you have to keep the 2007 Office installation. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Start the Office 2010 setup process.
  2. Click to select the I accept the terms of this agreement check box, and then click Continue.
  3. Click Customize.
  4. On the Upgrade tab, click the Keep all previous versions option, and then click Install Now.
  5. Click Close.

Alternatives to MODI for Office 2010 Users
If running Office 2010 which lacks MODI, there are these alternatives (among others):

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Conversion and Export to Office Open XML Formats

Solid Converter® v7 and Solid PDF Tools Supports Office Open XML

With the support of Office Open XML your application choices for viewing and using your converted content just got richer! Not only is your output more flexible, you don’t need Microsoft ® Word to get it! The stated goal of the Office Open XML standard is to facilitate extensibility and interoperability by enabling implementations by multiple vendors and on multiple platforms.

The Office Open XML file formats were standardized between December 2006 and November 2008. Starting with Microsoft Office 2007, the Office Open XML file formats have become the default file format of Microsoft Office. The ability to read and write Office Open XML format however, is not limited to Microsoft Office; other office products are also able to read and write this format. Other office products that offer import support for the Office Open XML formats include TextEdit (included with Mac OS X), iWork, IBM Lotus Notes, WordPerfect, and Google Docs just to name a few.

An Office Open XML file is a ZIP-compatible OPC package containing XML documents and other resources. That is, one can see the contents of an OOXML file, for example by renaming it to a .zip file and opening it with any zip tool. The actual .xml files can then be viewed in a web browser or a plain text editor.

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