If you're in the UK (and who knows, maybe even if you're not), there will be a 50% sale at the Nuance shop: shop.nuance.co.uk (sale begins midnight Thursday, ends midnight Monday). The relevant software would be PDF Converter Professional 8 at GBP49.99 and OmniPage 18 (for OCR) at GBP39.99.
Does anyone have experience with either of these? It seems that the latter would make the former redundant, as once you've OCR-ed your PDF, you pretty much have it converted to Word.
I have used OmniPage SE v.4 (a neutered version of v. 15) occasionally, as it came bundled with my scanner, and it worked OK, though I still had to do quite a bit of manual editing. In more recent times I have used ABBYY Screenshot reader for small sections, which works fantastically well, but I'd like to start converting long PDF documents now.
So I'm just wondering if there are some free or superior OCR programs at the same price that can do a decent OCR of PDF docs (mainly academic journal articles).
I see that ABBYY FineReader 11 Pro is also on sale at downloadbuyer.com (never used that site), but it's a lot pricier at GBP64.36.