Nuance is the Scanning Software Leader

Most people know Nuance as the maker of speech-recognition software – Doc uses the company’s Dragon product when he’s too disoriented to type accurately.

But Nuance is also the leader in document capture software. The company recently announced it ranked number one in the worldwide document capture software market in a new study from the market research firm Harvey Spencer Associates (HSA) – placing Nuance as the global top scanning and capture software vendor for the second consecutive year.

The report found Nuance products captured 16% percent of the overall global document capture market in 2010. The HSA report also calls out that Nuance posted a 48.9 percent market share in the Ad Hoc Image segment, which includes scanning solutions for multifunction printers (MFPs). This is nearly ten times larger than its nearest competitor and increases its market share lead over other MFP capture vendors in this segment.

Document capture is an area of significant opportunity as MFP manufacturers seek to differentiate and add value through their products. Nuance’s document imaging portfolio includes Nuance eCopy ShareScan scanning and workflow solutions, and Nuance OmniPage, PaperPort, PDF Converter Professional, and eCopy PDF Pro Office desktop applications.

Nuance has global channel partnerships with nearly every MFP and scanning vendor, including Brother, Canon/Océ, Fuji Xerox, HP, Kodak, Konica Minolta, Kyocera, Ricoh, Visioneer and Xerox – each of which currently sells or bundles Nuance scanning solutions through dealers or as part of Managed Print Services portfolios.

So next time you use your MFP for scanning, you’re likely using a Nuance product. Now if only Nuance could make a speech-recognition program for operating MFPs. Doc already talks to his MFP devices, though I can’t repeat what I say to them here. For some reason no matter how many times I yell at the machines, they don’t ever respond. Maybe if I used a nicer tone.

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