The twelfth version of ScanSoft's OmniPage Pro Office shows the competition just who's boss. Other optical character recognition (OCR) programs, such as Abbyy’s FineReader 6.0, can't quite keep up with OmniPage's simplicity and power. OmniPage can easily retain complex page layouts, for example, where other OCR applications cannot. What's more, OmniPage Pro is designed to help you publish converted information to paper, electronic files or even the Web. The program reads and writes PDFs and a long list of other formats, and it contains powerful network features that let you share scanners and install the program from a server. It's arguably the best OCR package available today, well suited to small and large businesses alike. However, if your budget can't spare £435 (ex. VAT), consider the slightly less accurate but much less expensive FineReader 6.0.