Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Omnipage SE on Vista

Omnipage SE won't install on Windows Vista; it gives an error that says "The wizard was interrupted before Omnipage SE could be completely installed." Don't bother trying compatibility mode settings, running as Administrator, etc, because the problem is probably related to this one, documented on Microsoft's support site. (Omnipage Pro 11.0 has some dumb hangup with the msi installer, and that just happens to be SE's internal version number). This program came with my Canon scanner, but Canon's web site says support questions should go to Nuance. Nuance says that SE isn't supported under Vista (works fine under XP, of course.) They WILL be happy to send you a $150 upgrade.

Here's what to do if, like me, you need OCR maybe twice a year:

  • Install Omnipage SE on an XP computer
  • Copy /Program Files/Scansoft to your Vista computer
  • Make a shortcut to omnipage.exe
It won't recognize your scanner, but will work fine on files. So scan into a .tif file first, then run Omnipage. Also thanks to Canon for passing the buck, Nuance for trying to bleed customers, and Microsoft for releasing the version of Windows that finally pushes everyone to Linux.