And I had one short period of real annoyance about the startup service thing. And I wrote to Abbyy and got a decent response, which I may have posted on DC.
Since this is a service I use virtually every session it is not a factor for me, but I understand that it is for some. Plus, afaik, there really is no comparable product anywhere at a sensible price.
While you can easily duplicate the picture-taking capability with many products, you cannot do so with the text OCR. Often I take a pic of a paragraph, stick it in my email, Eudora, which is my normal text editor too, then OCR the same pic, so when I clean up any letter problems the two are right in front of me.
Another trick is combining small pics into one, since my outgoing email tends to choke on too many pics (more than 3 or 4, it can get confused as to which is which).
And I would not mind using some good utility, disk or cloud, for combining when the sections are long I can not do it within an email since I am working with "screen-space". I have not tested that idea yet, of combining longer sections, since it is only a light occasional need.