Introducing ABBYY FineReader Engine 7.1: the Universal SDK for Data Capture and Document Conversion

New version combines advanced OCR, ICR, OMR and Barcode recognition with form processing addressing multiple tasks from a single platform.

Moscow, Russia, September 07, 2004 - ABBYY, a leading developer of intelligent document recognition and linguistic technologies, today announced ABBYY FineReader Engine 7.1, a new version of its software development platform and toolkit for building recognition capabilities into Windows applications. Version 7.1 breaks new ground by combining ABBYY OCR, ICR, OMR, and Barcode recognition technologies with new support for processing fixed forms and semi-structured forms and documents, making it the most comprehensive software development kit (SDK) for data capture and document conversion currently available.

The Most Comprehensive SDK for Data Capture and Document Conversion

ABBYY FineReader Engine 7.1 is a software development kit (SDK) for integrating ABBYY recognition technologies into new or existing applications. Unlike any other offering in this class, FineReader Engine 7.1 offers developers access to technologies in two major areas: document conversion and data capture - within a single environment:

1. Document Conversion

FineReader 7.1 Engine offers one of the widest ranges of technologies for analyzing images and converting scanned documents or PDF files into editable and searchable text. Its strength is demonstrated in:

2. Data Capture

FineReader Engine 7.1 also supports automatic capture of data from forms and other documents for export into information management systems and databases. Its range of data capture capabilities include:

Integrated and Modular Solution Suitable for a Variety of Markets

With its new feature set, FineReader Engine 7.1 has much more to offer for developers, VARS, Integrators, and corporate IT departments working on document management solutions. Its various functions support a full range of document conversion and data capture applications: archiving and document processing, control and verification systems, fax processing, invoice processing, form processing, digital mail room applications, Intranet archiving systems, and many more. As a result, developers can now address different corporate departments or markets, using a single platform and development environment.

FineReader Engine's wide range of functionality can easily be customized to suit multiple tasks in different departments of one organization or can be used by an outsourcing agency to serve multiple clients. The developer benefits from quicker development and training by working with one underlying technology. Plus, FineReader Engine's functionality is offered in a modular structure, so that a developer need only choose the functions he or she needs.

ABBYY FineReader Engine 7.1 also offers a Network License Manager (NLM), a new tool which makes managing and distribution of licenses between stations in a network easier and more flexible. Developers can set up a single license in a network for several workstations, concurrent or non-concurrent, or establish a shared page counter for use by all workstations across a network.

According to Alexander Rylov, technology licensing manager for ABBYY, FineReader Engine's new all-in-one offering is ideal for developers working with large corporations and service bureaus (such as business process outsourcing organizations - BPO's). "Data capture and document management processes are used by many different departments within an organization for a variety of different tasks - contract archiving, invoice processing, order processing, package tracking, to name a few," explained Rylov. "Using FineReader Engine, developers can incorporate the required recognition technologies, all from a single environment. A company that starts with a document archiving application can easily add invoice processing at a later date by simply adding a new FineReader Engine module. This makes their entire document processing system more efficient as a result."

Licensing Policy and Add-on Modules

FineReader Engine 7.1 is offered in Developer Licenses and Runtime Licenses. Developer Licenses grant access to the FineReader Engine platform and programming interface for use in developing applications using FineReader technology. Runtime Licenses are purchased for distribution of applications into which FineReader has been incorporated.

To make it easy for developers to purchase only the specific functionality that they need, Runtime Licenses are offered in three pre-defined License Kits with a series of add-on modules with specific functionality. Developers can customize their FineReader Engine package by simply purchasing the corresponding add-on modules:

Recognition of special Black Letter or Fraktur scripts is available through a special Runtime License entitled FineReader XIX.

Pricing varies according to the number of pages processed and scales accordingly.

Trial Version

A fully-functional time-limited trial version of ABBYY FineReader Engine 7.1 runs for 60 days, allowing customers to process only a certain number of pages. To obtain a trial version of FineReader Engine 7.1 please contact corresponding ABBYY office or fill out the electronic form at the ABBYY Web site.


FineReader Engine 7.1 consists of a set of Dynamic Link Libraries (DLLs) and is accessible through a standard programming interface, which conforms to the COM (Component Object Model) standard, supporting development environments such as C/C++, Visual Basic, and Visual Studio.Net.

The product is scheduled to ship in the middle of October 2004. The product version with Network License Manager is scheduled to be at the end of November 2004.

Information on licensing models, pricing, and other technical information is available through a local ABBYY Office or partner. For additional product information and sales information, please visit 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, Banctec, BenQ, Documentum, EPSON, Freedom Scientific, Hewlett-Packard, Kurzweil, Kofax, Microtek, NewSoft, Notable Solutions, Panasonic, Stellent, Toshiba, Verity, 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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