Esko Text Recognition makes text changes in outlined artwork fast, safe and simple

Ghent (Belgium), 2 May 2018 – Esko (www.esko.com) has extended its portfolio of innovative solutions with Text Recognition, a new plug-in for Adobe® Illustrator® that makes last-minute copy changes to outlined text fast, safe and simple.

The Esko-unique OCR plug-in for Adobe Illustrator helps packaging professionals to produce packaging in an optimal way. It eliminates work-arounds that were cumbersome when even the tiniest of copy changes was required.

Text Recognition is the only OCR tool on the market that converts outlined text in artwork to live, editable text directly in Illustrator. This way the designer is able to make copy changes in just seconds within Illustrator. The Text Recognition plug-in for Adobe Illustrator is available as a part of the Esko DeskPack collection of plug-ins for packaging professionals, or as a standalone product for anyone working with Adobe Illustrator.

The software has a unique Font Recognition function; when a copy change needs to be made, the software compares the character in the artwork to the fonts on the user’s computer, choosing the best matching active font. This eliminates the need to manually evaluate every font and re-type entire paragraphs to find the correct text layout. It works with foreign languages too, even with completely different glyphs like Chinese, Japanese or Korean; and its unique Compare function highlights copy changes in a ‘before and after’ view, reducing the risk of mistakes.

Frank Woltering, Product Manager Graphic Editing, states: “This tool is unique and keeps the operator working in the platform he knows best and likes the most: Adobe Illustrator. Other OCR providers offer work-arounds, but users usually consider these complicated and time-consuming. It is part of the DeskPack collection of Esko plug-ins in Adobe Illustrator for packaging professionals, and it is available as a standalone product for people who work with Illustrator outside of the packaging business.”

“Until now, making even the simplest copy change could take designers easily half an hour. With the Text Recognition plug-in, designers can make copy changes in seconds. The overall impact is faster order-to-delivery times, enhanced productivity by being able to handle more projects in a day and a higher first-time-accurate ratio as last-minute copy errors can quickly be caught and changed before going to print.”

Text Recognition is available on the Esko Store for purchase or as a 30 day trial https://www.esko.com/en/downloads/trials/text-recognition.

Users can also access it here https://www.esko.com/en/shop/software-overview/text-recognition.

For more information please visit www.esko.com/text-recognition.

For further information about products and services from Esko, please visit www.esko.com.

About Esko (www.esko.com)

Packaging Simplified. Esko helps its customers to make the best packaging for billions of consumers.

The Esko product portfolio supports and manages the packaging and print processes for brand owners, retailers, designers, premedia and trade shops, packaging manufacturers, and converters. For 9 out of 10 retail packages, Esko solutions are used in packaging management, asset management, artwork creation, structural design, prepress, 3D visualization, flexo plate making, workflow automation, quality assurance, sample-making, palletization, supply chain collaboration and/or the production of signage and displays.

The Esko solutions consist of an extensive suite of software and two hardware product lines: CDI flexo computer-to-plate imagers and exposure units as well as Kongsberg digital cutting systems, complemented with professional services, training and consultancy.

Enfocus, with its suite of automation solutions and PDF quality control tools for printers, publishers, and graphic designers, is an Esko subsidiary. MediaBeacon, with its digital asset management (DAM) solutions is also part of the Esko family.

Esko employs about 1,500 people worldwide. Headquartered in Gent (Belgium), its sales and service organization is in daily contact with customers all over the globe.

Esko is a Danaher company (www.danaher.com).