ABBYY Announces Advanced Character Recognition and Support for East Asian Languages in Mobile OCR SDK

LAS VEGAS, NV. (CTIA Wireless, Booth #5676) April 1, 2008 – ABBYY, a leading provider of document recognition, data capture and linguistic technologies, today announced its Mobile OCR SDK 2.5 with intelligent image correction capabilities and support for East Asian languages including Chinese, Japanese, and Korean (CJK).

ABBYY Mobile OCR SDK supports developers in integrating optical character recognition (OCR) and business card reading functions into mobile platforms and applications. The SDK offers a truly OS-independent technology to support integration into any mobile platform including the Brew, Linux, Symbian, and Windows Mobile operating systems.

BankAtlantic and Lawrence A. Sanders Foundations Join Océ in Supporting Future Authors Program

Boca Raton, FL, April 1, 2008 – The School District of Palm Beach County and Océ North America announced today that the BankAtlantic Foundation has contributed $2,500 and the Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation $5,000 toward the Océ Future Authors Writing Project to help underwrite expenses for summer writing workshops. 

The program, which is being offered for the third year, includes a free eight-day summer workshop designed to help students experience becoming published authors.  Students learn how to improve their writing skills, gain hands-on understanding of how authors are published, and learn about today’s digital print and publishing opportunities.

Students gain insight into the process of writing, editing, and digitally publishing books through interactions with Océ executives, as well as published authors, who speak to the students.  The day-long sessions are taught by certified Palm Beach County teachers.  Writings from each student are then compiled and digitally printed in final book form by Boca Raton-based Océ North America Production Print Division.  The book is unveiled at a book signing hosted by the Barnes & Noble Boca Raton store.

HP Strengthens Offering for Federal Agencies with Introduction of HP Forms and Document Automation Solution

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2008 - HP today announced a solution that enables governments and educational institutions to move from costly pre-printed forms and processes to automated, enhanced secure delivery of on-demand electronic forms and document creation.

Announced at the FOSE 2008 tradeshow, the HP Forms and Document Automation Solution allows users to create professional-looking documents on-demand and automatically distribute them to the point of need.

Additionally, the solution eliminates high costs associated with warehousing and processing of pre-printed forms, thus enabling public sector customers to reallocate funds to mission-critical projects.

Océ CS9050 Eco-solvent printer delivers exceptional value

Venlo, The Netherlands, 1 April 2008 — The new Océ CS9050 is an affordable Eco-solvent printer for creating indoor and outdoor graphics. The Océ CS9050 is targeted at entrants into the outdoor digital printing field; commercial shops that want to start offering outdoor applications; and corporate customers that want to bring graphics production in-house.
Basic printer, great value
The Océ CS9050 is a basic, affordable, 137-cm (54-inch) wide Eco-solvent printer that delivers high quality prints at production speeds. For shops considering entering the outdoor digital printing marketplace, the easy-to-use Océ CS9050 makes the transition simple. Commercial printers that want to begin offering outdoor-durable prints don’t have to sacrifice quality or production print speeds with the Océ CS9050. Corporate customers that want to save money by bringing display graphics printing inhouse, will also benefit from the Océ CS9050. It is an environmentally safe and easy-to-use system that offers indoor and outdoor versatility for all customers.

Xerox Named No 1 Cut Sheet Paper Brand in Europe

Uxbridge, UK, March 31, 2008  -- Xerox is the number one paper brand for cut sheet paper in Europe for the fifth year running, according to research by Opticom International Research. The industry standard benchmark survey for office paper brands has been conducted among more than 4,000 professional end users across seven countries in Europe.

Opticom's Brand Equity Index (BEI) is a complete approach to strategic branding. It assesses the impact of individual office paper brands, benchmarks the leading brands against each other and evaluates the success of individual brand strategies over time using four key drivers of brand equity: spontaneous awareness; top-of-mind; qualities and associations; and loyalty.

Océ office range awarded Blue Angel certificate

Venlo, The Netherlands, 31 March 2008 — The award of the prestigious Blue Angel label to almost the entire Océ office product range is proof of the products’ environmental-friendly qualities. The Blue Angel label is administered by the renowned German quality assurance and product labeling institute ( ), who have recently made their certification requirements even more stringent. More than ever, the Blue Angel label is one of the world's most sought-after environmental awards for office equipment — but also brings very practical benefits to office users.

Healthier working environment

The award-winning Océ VarioPrint-, CS- and MP-Series systems have fulfilled very strict requirements on emissions of dust, heat, ozone and noise. The machines produce virtually no ozone emissions thanks to the use of efficient energy saving technologies like short warm-up times, power saving modes, toner saving modes as well as the overall extremely low power consumption during operation. All that adds up and contributes to a healthier environment for office workers and sets new industry standards.

Monochrome Printer from OKI Printing Solutions Keeps Small Workgroups Productive with High Duty Cycle, Fastest Processor and More Memory

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., March 31, 2008 - Oki Data Americas, Inc., which markets its products under the OKI® Printing Solutions brand, today launched the industry-leading B6250 Series, giving small workgroups advanced monochrome printing that consistently and reliably handles their heavy printing loads and demanding work environments. With the highest duty cycle, fastest processor and maximum memory in its class1, the B6250 Series supports a business’ every day processes, making users more productive and efficient.

Highlights of press release:

  • New B6250 from OKI Printing Solutions offers the fastest processor and highest maximum memory storage in its class1, allowing businesses to expand software use and increase print volume
  • Ideal for manufacturing and transportation, finance and insurance, retail, and education applications, the B6250 Series printers are designed to support the daily monochrome printing needs of growing workgroups
  • Monochrome printer rounds out the full product line from OKI Printing Solutions, consistently delivering top performance and reliability with significant value

Ricoh Recognized by Everything Chennel's Varbusiness as a Silver Five-Star Winner for Partner Profitability

West Caldwell, N.J.,   March 31, 2008 — Ricoh Americas Corporation, a leading provider of digital office equipment, today announced that it has been recognized by Everything Channel's VARBusiness, a leading technology publication, as one of North America’s top information-technology (IT) vendors for its Printing Solutions Division’s (PSD) Ricoh Rewards Program for resellers. Of the hundreds of vendor program entries reviewed for the 14th annual VARBusiness Partner Program Guide, the Ricoh Rewards Program was one of only ten Silver Five-Star winners in the Partner Profitability category. The VARBusiness 2008 Partner Program Guide (PPG) acknowledges the commitment and strength of vendors’ partner programs for channel resellers, IT integrators, and technology consultants. This year, companies submitted entries for their partner programs which were reviewed and measured across six categories, including Sales Support, Marketing, Support, Partner Profitability, Channel Operations, Partner Recruitment, and Communications.

“Ricoh’s channel partners are one of our greatest assets so it is an honor to be acknowledged by Everything Channel for our industry-leading rewards program for resellers,” said Ann Moser, senior vice president, Printing Solutions Division, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “Ricoh is committed to helping its partners succeed and see profit through innovative training, dependable support, and products and services customers can rely on.”

HP to Acquire Tower Software, Expanding Capabilities in Fast-growing e-Discovery and Compliance Software Market

PALO ALTO, Calif., March 31, 2008 - HP and Tower Software today announced that they have signed a pre-bid agreement for HP to acquire Tower, a document and records management software company based in Canberra, Australia.

The deal will enable HP to expand its offerings in the fast-growing electronic discovery and compliance software market.

The acquisition of Tower will add electronic records management to HP Software’s existing e-discovery and compliance capabilities in information collection and retention. This includes both records management and identification,(1) which have become increasingly important for organization due to rules and regulations such as the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Data Protection and Freedom of Information Acts.

Five Paper Tips from Xerox: Use Less, Use Wisely

NORWALK, Conn., March 31, 2008  -- Memos, reports, invoices, forms, presentations and instructions are the trademark of a busy office - and signal the vital role paper plays in it every day. Yet Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) studies show that office workers throw away 45 percent of documents within 24 hours of printing them.

How can you stay productive while using resources wisely?

Paper is a renewable resource. If you think before you print and choose the paper that's right for the job, you can reduce the environmental footprint of your office. As one of the world's largest suppliers of papers for office printers and copiers, Xerox is sharing five simple tips for smart paper use.