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April 26, 1994

NESTOR COMES OUT WITH ENHANCED NEURAL NESTORREADER 2.0

By CBR Staff Writer

Providence, Rhode Island neural networking pioneer Nestor Inc announced release 2.0 of its NestorReader, describing it as a comprehensive set of intelligent character recognition tools for the OEM market and for integrators providing database fulfillment solutions. NestorReader enables automated entry of machine- and hand-printed information from faxed and scanned forms, and offers C-level access to systems that use character and word segmentation for accuracy, with the ability to set field-specific context and provide user dictionaries. It performs document alignment, de-skew, form removal and noise removal and discriminates automatically between hand- and machine-printed characters. NestorReader 2.0 runs under Windows, MS-DOS, OS/2, and SunOS, Solaris and AIX Unixes. It will be available in May and will at $3,000 for iAPX-86 versions and $7,500 for Unix workstation versions. Nestor also announced N’Route, a Windows utility that enables automatic routing of scanned images or incoming facsimile messages on electronic systems. Documents can be routed by simply printing the recipient’s name or identifier on the document and dropping it into a scanner or fax batch, Nestor claims. The document image is attached to a mail message and delivered to the recipient via mail systems such as Lotus Development Corp Notes using cc:Mail or Windows for Workgroups using Microsoft Mail and N’Route includes the same capabilities as NestorReader. N’Route provides the system manager with routing logs and is password-protected; out next month, it’s $2,000. And the company has come out with OmniTools 1.0, which offers access to the intelligent character recognition tools of NestorReader 2.0 through Microsoft Corp’s Visual Basic and a variety of macro lang uages, including Visual Basic for Applications. It says it enables machine reading applications to be developed from Access, Excel, Fox Pro, 1-2-3, Paradox, Word and the like without C programming. It offers the capabilities of Nestor Reader in a Dynamic Link Library and costs $3,000 from next month.

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