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|Initial release||May 30, 1995|
PaperPort 14 (Windows)
PaperPort Notes Version 2.1.0 (iPad) / August 2, 2011 (Windows)
November 13, 2013 (iPad)
|Operating system||Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and iPad|
|Size||4.7 MB (iPad)|
Depending on the version, PaperPort can use its built-in optical character recognition to create files in searchable Portable Document Format (PDF); text in these files is indexed and can be searched for with appropriate software, such as Microsoft's Windows Search. Earlier versions of PaperPort used Nuance's OmniPage to provide this function. It provides image editing tools for these files.
PaperPort allows scanned documents to be separated into individual pages, and reassembled into new PDF files.
Originally, PaperPort created files in .MAX file format natively, but later versions use PDF. Versions of PaperPort from V14 cannot edit .MAX files, but they can be converted to PDF, which can be edited.
Visioneer, the original developer of PaperPort, first released its predecessor, MaxMate document communications software bundled with the MaxMate scanner and MaxMate Viewer software, in 1994 for DOS, Windows and Macintosh.  The software used a visual metaphor for dragging pages and typewriter function for annotating electronic documents. Its form-filling tool recognized lines in scanned forms to allow filling in fields and printing completed forms, replacing the laborious old method of typing entries into paper forms. It integrated with Caere op;tical character recognition (OCR) software for converting scanned paper documents into editable electronic documents. 
- "PC Magazine". www.pcmag.com. Ziff Davis Publishing Company. May 30, 1995. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
- Nuance Introduces PaperPort Professional 14
- "Scanner, software combo routes paper, electronic documents via E-mail, fax". www.infoworld.com. InfoWorld. January 17, 1994. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
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