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Device Offers Quick Translation of Damaged Documents in Seconds 

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By Robert H. Williams 

Captured enemy documents — some burned or otherwise badly damaged — can yield critical intelligence for soldiers on the battlefield in a matter of seconds, according to Michael S. Yeagley, an executive with NovoDynamics Inc. of Vienna, Va.

The ability to “turn trash into gold,” he says is made possible by software that extracts information from seemingly unreadable material and combines it with an optical character reader that recognizes Farsi, Dari, Pahto, Urdu, Hebrew, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, English and French.

“It automatically detects and cleans degraded and skewed documents, automatically identifies a page’s primary language, recognizes a page’s fonts without manual intervention, determines whether a page contains primarily handwritten or machine printed text, and allows extracted information to be converted to portable document format, or PDF, files,” he says.

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