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):