VISIONEER ANNOUNCES PRODUCT LINE SUPPORT OF PDF/A STANDARD FOR LONG-TERM PRESERVATION OF SCANNED DOCUMENTS
Award-Winning Scanning Solutions Will Be Demonstrated at the 30th Annual FOSE Government Technology Conference
Pleasanton, CA. - March 7, 2006 - Visioneer, Inc., a leader in intelligent imaging solutions, today announced support of the new PDF/Archive Standard approved by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in Visioneer and Xerox-branded scanning and document imaging solutions support. PDF/A (Archive) enables organizations to archive documents electronically in a way that will ensure preservation of content over an extended period of time and that those documents can be retrieved and rendered with a consistent and predictable result in the future. Visioneer will be demonstrating the Strobe XP 470, the company’s first GSA-compliant color sheetfed document scanner in addition to its desktop, workgroup and departmental document imaging scanners at FOSE 2006, March 7-9 in Washington, D.C in booth #319.
About the PDF/A Standard
ISO 19005-1, Document management - Electronic document file format for long-term preservation - Part 1: Use of PDF 1.4 (PDF/A-1)defines a file format based on Portable Document Format (PDF) which provides a mechanism for representing electronic documents in a manner that preserves their visual appearance over time, independent of the tools and systems used for creating, storing and rendering the files. PDF/A is a subset of PDF, which is already widely accepted for the delivery of final-format documents. It is estimated that the total size of the surface Web is 167 terabytes, 9.2 percent of which consist of PDF documents.
According to the Stephen Abrams, Digital Library program manager at the Harvard University Library, “The publication of PDF/A will have a significant impact on the preservation of electronic documents by defining an internationally recognized standard format that is amenable to long-term preservation. The standard will allow libraries, archives, and other electronic resource consumers to encourage their content providers to produce and deliver those resources in a form that is optimized for their effective preservation over time.”
The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration has reported that PDF/A files will be more self-contained, self-describing, device-independent than generic PDF 1.4files, and should allow information to be retained longer as PDF. But, Federal agencies and other users should be aware that PDF/A does not stand-alone. PDF/A must be implemented in conjunction with mechanisms to manage records according to legal and domain specific requirements.
“The Strobe XP 470 offers government agencies OneTouch ease-of-use in converting documents into searchable PDF file formats,” said John Capurso, vice president of marketing at Visioneer and member of the PDF/A ISO Standards Committee. “Searchable PDF maintains the visual integrity of the original document, with the text portions of the image converted via OCR for search purposes and stored in a separate layer. It is the combination of low-cost conversion from paper to PDF, preserving an image of the original in a reliable format for archiving and allowing search, index and retrieval that makes this solution so valuable, all the while adhering to an ISO standard for archiving scanned documents.”
Document imaging is a rapidly growing practice, not only in specific vertical markets such as government, but also in horizontal applications that apply to nearly every business today. As more users adopt distributed scanning solutions at the desktop, it has become evident that ease-of-use is the key feature that accelerates adoption into business practices and document lifecycle management. Most new users in document imaging are not scanner experts, so simplified; point-and-click solutions that deliver high quality images, integration with ECM and enterprise applications, and performance are now a requirement.
FOSE is the government's premier technology exhibition and conference. The conference is in its 30th year serving the government technology community with high tech exhibits from over 500 companies, industry keynotes and training opportunities. FOSE 2006 exhibitors will demonstrate technology to support initiatives such as e-government, mobile technologies, data center storage, enterprise software licensing, and communications.
To view live demonstrations of the Visioneer- and Xerox-branded document imaging solutions, visit the Visioneer booth (#319), or call Danielle Cook (925) 251-6350 to schedule an appointment.
The ISO is made up of 148 national standards institutes from countries large and small, industrialized and developing in all regions of the world. ISO develops voluntary technical standards which contribute to making industrial production and supply more efficient, safer and cleaner, and to making trade between countries easier and fairer. ISO standards also serve to safeguard consumers and users in general of products and services, as well as to make their lives simpler. In late May 2005, an international standard that defines the use of PDF for archiving and preserving documents (ISO/DIS 19005-1) was approved unanimously by all International Organization for Standardization (ISO) participating countries. ISO is the leading developer of international standards.
About Visioneer, Inc.
Visioneer’s high-performance business scanners and imaging software solutions have always offered business users speed, quality, and advanced paper handling options. In 2003, Visioneer combined its leading scanner technology with the Xerox brand recognition to develop the Xerox DocuMate series of workgroup scanners.
In 2004 and again in 2005, the Xerox DocuMate 252 and DocuMate 272, respectively, were ranked by AIIM as best desktop document scanner. In 2005 the Xerox DocuMate 262 was given an Editors’ Choice Award from PC Magazine for its price/performance, ease-of-use and best document management software. Visioneer, for many years, has been the dominant supplier in mobile scanning solutions and was recently ranked by InfoTrends Research Group as #3 in the workgroup scanning segment and #4 in the departmental scanning segment. For additional information on Visioneer and Xerox scanning solutions, please visit www.visioneer.com or www.xeroxscanners.com.
Visioneer is proud to offer both its Visioneer-branded and Xerox-branded products under a single reseller partner program. The 20/20 Perfect Vision program optimizes VAR margins and sales opportunities through volume incentive rebates, sales support, marketing tools, access to the 20/20 Perfect Vision extranet and blog. Additional information can be found at www.visioneer.com/2020.