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Volume 18, Issue 3 — March 2001
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DjVu Offers Alternative to Adobe PDF, JPEG, and GIF Files

LizardTech, Inc., a provider of imaging technologies, has announced that it's now shipping DjVu Solo 3.1, the consumer/small-office version of its DjVu software. According to the announcement, DjVu Solo 3.1 easily converts paper documents into manageable compact files that can be quickly distributed via the Internet. It also has optical character recognition (OCR) capabilities for performing keyword searches within the document—including graphics and illustrations—through the free DjVu Browser Plug-in. DjVu Solo is available for purchase for $299 directly from LizardTech's Web site. A free, noncommercial version of DjVu Solo without OCR capabilities is also available.

According to the company, DjVu Solo 3.1 is an exceptional personal productivity and small-business tool with the power to quickly convert any scanned paper document into an incredibly small file and add an OCR layer, hyperlinks, or highlights for easy information retrieval and management. DjVu documents can be instantly transmitted and viewed by anyone via a standard Web browser and can reportedly be downloaded 100-times faster than Adobe PDF and 20-times faster than JPEG or GIF files. Unlike Adobe Acrobat, DjVu Solo 3.1 makes it easy to combine multiple documents or rearrange pages quickly and effortlessly, according to the announcement.

"DjVu Solo makes it easy to convert small quantities of paper into our DjVu format. Customers can input directly from their scanners and add OCR and hyperlinks with the click of a mouse," said John Grizz Deal, LizardTech's president and CEO. "DjVu Solo is a powerful information-management tool at a very reasonable price."

Acquired from AT&T Labs, DjVu represents superior document imaging technology, ideal for legal documents, receipts, tax returns, personal mementos, e-book publishing, medical or financial record storage and retrieval, and easy development of Web sites, according to the announcement. DjVu Solo produces digital documents that can be downloaded or distributed as e-mail attachments and includes capabilities that allow users to highlight important information within documents. Users can also add hyperlinks to any DjVu document, providing a quick link to any Web page or document.

According to the company, DjVu Solo 3.1 also lets customers manage digital documents more efficiently, effectively, and effortlessly. For home office users who have limited storage space and yet want to keep documents more accessible, DjVu Solo 3.1 allows them to search, hyperlink, or highlight scanned-in information.

According to the announcement, LizardTech is a privately held company that's committed to providing tools to deliver high-quality content instantly over the Internet. It offers innovative solutions that optimize bandwidth and provide immediate access to high-resolution, multipurpose digital images and multimedia content. LizardTech licensed Generation I of its MrSID technology from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and acquired its DjVu technology from AT&T Labs for the commercialization of both product lines. LizardTech is integrating its next-generation image software into a wide variety of platforms and applications. Its software is currently installed on more than 25 million desktops and integrated into over 200 applications.

Source: LizardTech, Inc., Seattle, 877/580-5588;

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