CCS to Enhance Its Core Products with ABBYY FineReader Engine 7.0 OCR

docWORKS Conversion System to Add “Fraktur” Text Recognition Capabilities

Moscow, Russia, March 23, 2004 - Leipzig Congress for Information and Libraries - ABBYY Europe GmbH, a member of the ABBYY Group, and Compact Computer Systeme (CCS) GmbH today announced a new licence agreement through which CCS will incorporate ABBYY FineReader Engine 7.0 into its flagship products. CCS, a worldwide developer of intelligent document indexing applications, will be integrating ABBYY’s latest text recognition technologies into its docWORKS and newsWORKS products for document capture, structurisation, and indexing. CCS announced the agreement today at the Leipzig Congress for Information and Libraries. The company is showcasing its technologies at stands A100 and F100 this week.

CCS docWorks will incorporate both ABBYY FineReader text recognition –including FineReader XIX - ABBYY’s special module for recognition of “Fraktur,” or Black Letter Scripts, from texts of the 19th and 20th centuries. As a result, docWORKS customers will benefit from a complete conversion solution for classification of old texts. Libraries, universities and other archiving organisations will be offered a solution that is intelligent enough to extract difficult-to-read, calligraphic type text, analyse the document structure, and classify documents according to key document components such as chapter, headlines, titles, page number, illustrations, etc.

How does ABBYY technology benefit CCS products? “By incorporating ABBYY technology we can combine two “best-of-breed” technologies to provide a comfortable, fast solution for library and archiving organisations,” explained Richard Helle, managing director for CCS. “Historians working with a variety of documents from the 19th and 20th century, can use our solution incorporating ABBYY FineReader Engine 7.0 for the full process of conversion, classifying, arching, and optimised search.”

Jupp Stoepetie, managing director for ABBYY Europe GmbH explains “CCS’ experience working with European archiving and library-based projects make them licensing partner for Fraktur-based recognition. They understand the unique needs of organisations working with old document archiving projects.”

CCS and ABBYY have already been working together as part of the METAe European-wide archiving project and CCS customers include The Royal Library of Denmark and the Main State Archive of North-Rhine Westphalia, Düsseldorf, Germany.

CCS newsWORKs, the company’s document application for specialised capture of documents such as newspaper and magazine articles or press releases, has already incorporated previous versions of ABBYY technology, will now support the ABBYY FineReader 7.0 platform. More than 500 customers worldwide, including major press offices and press monitoring organisations generating news clipping reports, are already using this product to classify and archive key magazine and newspaper articles.

About ABBYY FineReader Engine 7.0

Software Development Kit (SDK) for integrating ABBYY OCR, ICR, OMR and barcode recognition technologies into Windows applications. 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 making it easy to integrate FineReader recognition technologies into existing applications or to build new applications from scratch. The basic software kit can be easily extended and customised with features that match the various needs of developers. Modules and functions available in addition to Fraktur script recognition include: PDF Opening, PDF Export, Extended XML output, OMR (mark) recognition, 2D barcode recognition, Document analysis for invoices, and Chinese, Japanese and Korean language recognition.

ABBYY FineReader XIX: Fraktur/ Black Letter Script Recognition

FineReader Engine 7.0 offers the industry’s first omnifont OCR solution for “Fraktur” or “Black Letter” prints used in ancient texts from the 19th and 20th centuries. It can recognize elaborate, calligraphic type prints as well as old style roman type characters, such as the elongated “s” used in early English or French texts. This feature, developed together with the European METAe archiving project, is already being tested by leading universities. Well-suited for archiving a variety of old books and documents, FineReader XIX includes dictionaries to support German, English, French, Italian, and Spanish.

About docWORKS and newsWORKS

CCS docWORKS is an intelligent application for automatic conversion, structuring and indexing of printed or electronic documents such as books, journals, and corporate documents. Based on an intelligent document capturing technology, docWORKS can intelligently locate and categorise key data from a variety of documents including magazine and newspaper articles or press releases.

About CCS
Compact Computer System GmbH (CCS), established in 1975, is a worldwide provider and distributor of systems for document capture and accessibility. The company’s products include docWORKS, an application for structuring and indexing documents in either printed or electronic form and newWORKS, document capture and management systems specifically designed for automatic generation of key information from newspaper and magazine articles. With more than 2000 installations worldwide, CCS customers include automobile manufacturers, energy suppliers, large banks, media organisations, to universities, libraries, local parliaments and ministries. CCS is based in Hamburg, Germany and has more than 30 certified partners in Europe, Canada and the United States.
Additional information about CCS can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.ccs-gmbh.de/ or direct from CCS Compact Computer Systeme GmbH, Schwanenwik 32, 22087 Hamburg, e-mail: info@ccs-gmbh.de.

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 OCR/ICR technologies include Acer, AISoft, Arkenstone, BancTec, Cardiff, Cobra Technologies, Freedom Scientific, Hewlett-Packard, Kurzweil, Legato Systems, Lexmark, Microtek, Mustek, NewSoft, Neurascript, Notable Solutions, Panasonic, Primax, Samsung Electronics, Saperion, Siemens Nixdorf, Sumitomo Electric Systems, SWT, Toshiba, UMAX and Veutron.
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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