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Nuance PaperPort
Initial releaseMay 30, 1995 (1995-05-30) [1]
Stable release
PaperPort 14 (Windows)
PaperPort Notes Version 2.1.0 (iPad) / August 2, 2011; 9 years ago (2011-08-02)[2] (Windows)
November 13, 2013; 7 years ago (2013-11-13) (iPad)
Operating systemWindows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and iPad
Platformx86, x64
Size4.7 MB (iPad)
TypePDF software
LicenseProprietary software

PaperPort is commercial document management software published by Nuance Communications, used for working with scanned documents, [3]

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.

PaperPort only supports Windows and iOS. An open-source program called Paperman[4] provides basic functionality for Linux (and has been partially ported to Mac OS).


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. [5] 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 optical character recognition (OCR) software for converting scanned paper documents into editable electronic documents. [5]

As of December 2019, Nuance document division was divested to Kofax. And henceforward, PaperPort is a Kofax product. [6]

Some Versions & Estimated Release Dates[edit]

7 - 1999

9 - 2003

11 - 2007

14 - 2013


  1. ^ "PC Magazine". Ziff Davis Publishing Company. May 30, 1995. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  2. ^ Nuance Introduces PaperPort Professional 14
  3. ^ Company website
  4. ^ sglass68 (2019-04-20), Paper managing and scanning: an electronic filing cabinet - sglass68/paperman, retrieved 2019-05-05
  5. ^ a b "Scanner, software combo routes paper, electronic documents via E-mail, fax". InfoWorld. January 17, 1994. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  6. ^ "Watch Free upgrade of Nuance PaperPort Professional 14.5 to Kofax PaperPort Professional 14.7". December 26, 2019. Retrieved December 26, 2019.

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