ABBYY USA and Kirtas Technologies Form Strategic Licensing Partnership

Revolutionary Kirtas Book Scanning System Adds OCR Capability for a Powerful and Seamless XML Workflow 


Fremont, CA, July 28, 2005 — ABBYY USA, a leading provider of recognition, data capture and linguistic technologies, today announced the signing of a global agreement with Victor, NY-based Kirtas Technologies, a leading provider of book scanning and bound document digitization systems, image post-processing software and digitization outsourcing services to libraries, legal, government and corporate markets. Under the agreement, Kirtas will incorporate ABBYY's optical character recognition (OCR) technology through ABBYY FineReader Engine into its APT BookScan 1200™ system and its BookScan Editor software.

" We are pleased to offer our award-winning OCR technology to Kirtas' digitization customers," said Dean Tang, ABBYY USA President and CEO. " With the Kirtas system, customers get higher quality, gentler handling and productivity advantages plus ABBYY's unsurpassed OCR accuracy."

" Up until this point, our system interfaced well with off-the-shelf OCR packages," explained Kirtas CEO Lotfi Belkhir. " Now, we can offer customers a complete digitization workflow from automatic page turning to OCR and metadata integration within a powerful and seamless XML workflow." Belkhir added that he was looking to align with a category leader and was impressed with the recognition, accuracy, format retention and multilingual support of the ABBYY technology.

Unique Benefits of Kirtas Technology

The revolutionary Kirtas Technologies APT BookScan™ 1200 System redefines digitization of books and a wide range of bound document formats. It delivers gentler handling and higher quality digital images with a 1 0X productivity and cost advantage over manual scanning, while maintaining integrity and eliminating the need to rescan missing or out-of-order pages. The speed and efficiency of this scanning platform is identical for black & white, grayscale and even color book images. The Kirtas system offers customers flexibility in output format with TIFF, JPEG and PDF. For more information about the line of Kirtas products and services, visit: http://www.kirtas-tech.com/ or contact Kirtas, 7620 Omnitech Place, Victor, NY 14564. Phone: (585) 924-2420. E-mail address is: info@kirtas-tech.com.

About ABBYY FineReader Engine

ABBYY FineReader Engine is a comprehensive SDK (Software Development Kit) for integrating intelligent document recognition, conversion and data capture technologies into 32-bit Windows applications. Technologies offered include: OCR (machine print), ICR (handprint), OMR (check mark), and barcode recognition technologies; PDF conversion and forms processing for both fixed forms and semi-structured forms and documents -- all in a single package for ISVs, developers, VARs, integrators and service bureaus. The FineReader Engine is comprised of a set of DLLs (Dynamic Link Libraries). The Engine's API (Application Programming Interface) conforms to the COM (Component Object Model) standard and is easily accessible from C/C++, Visual Basic or any other development environments which support COM components.

About ABBYY 

ABBYY USA is a member of the ABBYY Software House Group, a world leader in document recognition and linguistic technologies. ABBYY specializes in the development of software for optical character recognition (OCR), intelligent character recognition (ICR), linguistics, semantics, and electronic lexicography. Leading products from ABBYY include the FineReader line of OCR, ICR and barcode software, and FineReader development tools. Companies that license ABBYY OCR/ICR technologies include BenQ, C-Technologies, EPSON, Freedom Scientific, Kurzweil, Kofax Image Products, Legato Systems, Microtek, Mustek, NewSoft, Notable Solutions, Stellent, Panasonic, ReadSoft, SER Solutions, Samsung Electronics, Sumitomo Electric Systems, Umax, and Verity. For more information about ABBYY, visit: http://www.abbyyusa.com/ or contact ABBYY USA, 47221 Fremont Boulevard, Fremont, CA 94538. Phone: (510) 226-6717. Fax: (510) 226-6069. E-mail: info@abbyyusa.com.

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