Nuance Communications has a long and complicated history as a company. In fact, it is actually made up of two companies. These two companies, ScanSoft Inc. and Nuance Communications, merged in 2005 and kept the Nuance name. Up until this point, the two companies were top competitors in the large-scale speech application business.
The company is currently headquartered out of Burlington, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. Though they have experimented with and developed a wide variety of products over the years, Nuance currently focuses on server and embedded speech recognition, telephone call steering systems, automated telephone directory services, medical transcription software and systems, optical character recognition software, and desktop imaging software.
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Nuance Communications is a company that is dedicated to doing things right. Their goal is to reinvent the relationship between people and the technology we use on an everyday basis. Nuance.com is divided into five main sections including “What’s Next,” “For People,” “For Business,” “For Healthcare,” and “For Developers.” Visiting any of these pages brings you to a discussion on the company’s mission in this particular category as well as a list of the products that they offer of this type.
The “For Healthcare” page of Nuance.com is focused on the intelligent systems Nuance has developed for the healthcare industry. These products primarily include clinical documentation systems that really work. Dragon Medical 360 is perhaps the most popular product in this category. It helps provide physicians with clinical documentation solutions with a combination of speech recognition solutions. At its heart, Dragon Medical 360 allows physicians to spend more time with their patients, while all of the conversation and information is being accurately recorded at the point of care.
Finally, the “For Developers” page of Nuance.com is focused on the intelligent systems Nuance has developed for developers. These products include Dragon NaturallySpeaking, OmniPage SDK (an imaging and OCR toolkit for Windows), Dragon Mobile SDK, and Dragon 360 (a development platform for healthcare applications).
Right from the get go, the Nuance.com website is easy to navigate. It is obvious that the same care they put into their many top-of-the-line products goes into creating a perfect online user experience. It is very easy to find the products you are interested in and to learn more about them.
Nuance Communications products are all priced differently depending on what they are and their intended application. Nuance.com provides a link to the company’s online store. The store can be found at shop.nuance.com. All of the company’s products are provided here for sale. The shop is as easy to navigate as Nuance.com so you are sure to find the exact product you are looking for in little time at all.
PDF Advanced is a PDF editor and convertor that matches Acrobat Pro feature-for-feature, while offering useful extras like a more flexible search and a more familiar business interface. Here’s our Nuance Power PDF Advanced review. Many PDF editors and converters are aimed at either home or art markets Nuance’s Power PDF Advanced is instead aimed at the business user so it provides several features for professionals that you won’t find in home packages. As such, it’s not exactly cheap and if you don’t need the professional features, as most home users probably won’t, you can buy a PDF editor for much less. However, if you do need to archive a lot of electronic documents or send proofs around for comment or correction, it is well under half the price of Adobe Acrobat XI Pro.
Overall, we found Nuance Power PDF Advanced to be intuitive and easy to use. We have little doubt that most users will be able to quickly get up and running with it. We found the reviewing features particularly comprehensive, proving means of commenting, marking text in various ways and drawing attention to parts of a document.
Given that it’s so much cheaper than Acrobat, it makes a lot of sense for small business use.