So, I’ve shown my irritation with Adobe Acrobat a few times over the years. A bigger issue … creating the PDF’s costs money (you have to buy the full version of Acrobat). So it’s great as an end-user technology (similar to Flash, etc) but sucks for developers who just want to play with it.

So it was a pleasant surprise when I discovered the advanced features buried in Microsoft Office Document Imaging. It’s pretty strong in the scanning and OCR department. And it is already installed on your computer as part of MS Office.

I’ve used it a few times but didn’t bother to see what else it could do other than allow me to Print To an .mdi file (for archival purposes).

Read more details at the Student TabletPC blog.

So, if you are in the market for Adobe Acrobat, it might make sense to try out MODI before you buy Adobe.

Wish Microsoft would make a better choice of what it markets and to whom!

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