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ABBYY Announces FineReader Engine 7.0 SDK

Next Generation Platform Adds Extended Functionality to Address Key Vertical Markets


Moscow, Russia, September 16, 2003 – ABBYY ®, a leading developer of document recognition and linguistic technologies, today announced ABBYY FineReader Engine 7.0, the next generation of the company’s Software Development Kit (SDK) for integrating ABBYY OCR, ICR, OMR and barcode recognition technologies into Windows applications.

With the announcement of FineReader Engine 7.0, ABBYY dramatically expands the reach of its technology by offering extended functionality to address key vertical markets, including the financial and banking sectors, library archiving organizations and Asian markets. In addition to core platform enhancements to overall accuracy, document analysis, and export functions, FineReader Engine 7.0 adds sophisticated new modules for recognition of ancient and historical texts, PDF files, invoices, barcodes, and Asian characters.

“ABBYY’s goal is to deliver recognition technologies that help organizations transform documents into manageable data that can be processed, searched, indexed, edited, sent, or tabulated. As recognition technologies become more advanced, the true technological challenge in achieving this lies in the ability to address specialised texts and document formats,” explained Vadim Tereshchenko, FineReader division vice president “With FineReader 7.0, we offer new add-on modules offering technology breakthroughs that expand the ability of our software to perform in key vertical markets.”

With the release of ABBYY FineReader Engine 7.0, developers will gain access to the powerful functionality of an advanced OCR system which is already being used by many leading companies worldwide, such as Canon Australia, Cardiff, Fujitsu, Kofax, Panasonic, Saperion, and ZyLab. ABBYY FineReader, ABBYY’s flagship OCR application based on the FineReader Engine, has won more than 100 awards worldwide since 1998.

Platform Enhancements in 7.0

FineReader Engine 7.0 is based on an entirely new recognition platform that offers the following enhancements:

Recognition Accuracy

Enhancements to ABBYY’s proprietary IPA Technology and other tools for fine-tuning recognition increase FineReader’s accuracy significantly over previous versions.  A major contributor to the overall letter, word, and line recognition accuracy is the addition of new structural character models. In addition, new image preprocessing algorithms increase the technology’s ability to read documents that have text printed over an image, low-contrast documents, and poorly scanned pages. These improvements in accuracy are possible due to further enhancements of the two image preprocessing technologies that aid in recognizing this kind of text: Adaptive Binarization and Intelligent Background removal . Adaptive Binarization uses a “dynamic” or “intelligent threshold” technique, which tunes the image contrast, line by line and word by word, optimizing the characters’ quality in order to achieve the most accurate recognition results. Intelligent background removal removes textures and background “noise” even on complex or degraded documents that could interfere with the recognition of text properly.

Improved Document and Image Analysis

FineReader Engine 7.0 offers a new algorithm, Multilevel Document Analysis, (MDA), a process that examines the document at various levels — from characters to words, lines, paragraphs, and finally, it reconstructs the entire document. With this sophisticated document and image analysis algorithm, FineReader Engine “understands” each formatting elements on a document. As a result, applications developed using the Engine will be able to retain complex layouts, such as placement of images and columns on the page, formatting of tables, and font sizing. Other key benefits include improved recognition accuracy of complex tables, multiple-column documents with images, HTML formatting, and bullet points.

New Export and Synthesis Capabilities

ABBYY FineReader 7.0 also delivers significant improvements in export and synthesis, which include:

Extended Functionality with New Add-On Modules

With the development of FineReader Engine 7.0, ABBYY has focused on fine-tuning the technology to deliver special features and functions that address key markets. FineReader Engine’s add-on modules offer specialised functionality to support software developers, system integrators and VARs working with specific types of documents and files. FineReader Engine 7.0 add-on modules include:

Specifications

The FineReader Engine SDK consists of a set of DLLs (Dynamic Link Libraries) and an API (Application Programming Interface) that conforms to the COM (Component Object Model) standard and is easily accessed with Visual Studio.NET, C/C++, Visual Basic or any other development tool supporting COM components. The FineReader Engine offers complete access to low-level OCR/ICR/OMR/barcode functionality and does not require a graphical user interface.

ABBYY also offers a version of its OCR development tool kit for the Linux platform.  FineReader Engine software development kit for the Linux platform supports a Linux-based programming and operating environment and provides access to ABBYY OCR functionality through an application programming interface (API) and via the Command Line interface.

Trial Version

Since October 1st, ABBYY offers a free trial version of ABBYY FineReader Engine 7.0, to allow prospective customers the ability to test Engine 7.0 under real working conditions without any limitation of functionality. To obtain an evaluation copy, please contact your ABBYY salesperson.

Pricing and Availability

ABBYY FineReader Engine 7.0 is scheduled to ship in the fourth quarter of 2003. ABBYY offers flexible pricing options that allow developers to select the type of licensing model that is best suited to their product and sales strategy. For additional product information, visit ABBYY’s website at http://www.abbyy.com/  


ABBYY (ABBYY Software House) develops linguistic and Artificial Intelligence (AI) software providing a full line of OCR and text-processing programs and solutions. ABBYY’s products include: FineReader OCR systems – a family of end user programs and development tools for recognition of printed texts, tables and forms; FormReader – an ICR program for recognition and processing of hand-printed forms; and ABBYY Retrieval & Morphology Engine – a set of developer’s tools for integration of full-text search and linguistic capabilities into external applications. Companies that license ABBYY recognition technologies include Siemens Nixdorf, Samsung Electronics, C-Technologies, Sumitomo Electric Systems, Arkenstone, Banctec, Acer, Hewlett-Packard, Microtek, Legato Systems, Grantsmart, Lexmark, Mustek, UMAX, NewSoft, Primax, Cardiff, Neurascript, Saperion, and SWT. ABBYY Group headquarters are located in Moscow with offices in Ukraine (ABBYY Ukraine), the USA (ABBYY USA, Fremont, CA), the UK (ABBYY UK, Bishops Stortford, England), and Germany (ABBYY Europe, Munich).
For more information about ABBYY, please visit the company’s website at http://www.abbyy.com/.


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