Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Multi-page PDF support, Maxi-mode interface

I'm delighted to announce that our new build, 142, now supports reading from multi-page PDFs. This means that if you have a sheet-feeder, we can process whole reams of pages at once. Actually I haven't tried a whole ream, and suspect that we might run out of memory, but give it a go anyway.

Our maxi (non-mini) mode has also had a makeover, with a nice drop target, a save button to give you a clue what to do when it's finished reading, and a bunch of little bug fixes.

If you've the inclination, please download VelOCRaptor and try it out.

Friday, 3 April 2009

Improved layout

If you've tried VelOCRaptor, you'll have found that it really didn't do a great job with lining its text over the right bit of the image. This is because I wrote each line where it should be, but I really don't know what the font size is, so that if we have it wrong, the characters get progressively out of sync.

I've improved this quite a bit by printing word by word rather than line by line. It makes the selection look a little wonky at times, but should improve your ability to select text, especially in multi-column layouts.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Invisible progress

With a family funeral on Friday it's been a short week, but progress is still being made. I've smartened up the build process, so that I can reliably update the app and its download file, and improved the error reporting when things do go wrong, so that we know what build it was in and what caused the problem.

These are the things that larger software projects can leave until close to that big 1.0 release, but when you're releasing more often they become more important.