OCR Software Development Kit supports Linux-based applications.

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With ABBYY FineReader 9.0 Engine, developers can integrate optical character recognition, barcode recognition, and PDF conversion into Linux-based applications. SDK covers over 190 languages and can read multilingual documents. Program also recognizes more than 15 1D barcode types and 2D barcodes, detecting them at any orientation. With Adaptive Document Recognition Technology, logical structure and original formatting of multipage documents can be reproduced when exporting to Office formats.

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ABBYY Announces Its New OCR SDK for Linux® Environment

ABBYY FineReader 9.0 Engine Empowers Developers to Build Linux-based Applications with Highly Accurate and Reliable OCR, Barcode Recognition and PDF Conversion

BRACKNELL, UK - ABBYY, a leading provider of document recognition, data capture, and language software, today announced the availability of ABBYY FineReader Engine 9.0 for Linux, a robust software development kit (SDK) to integrate ABBYY award-winning optical character recognition (OCR), barcode recognition, and PDF conversion technologies into Linux-based applications. With accurate text and barcode recognition, unique document structure reconstruction technology, and exceptionally wide language support, the ABBYY SDK delivers the most comprehensive OCR functionality available for Linux in one product.

"With many business-critical applications running on Linux nowadays, the quality and reliability of Linux-based software technologies becomes of utmost importance", said Andrey Isaev, director of the technology products department at ABBYY. "ABBYY FineReader Engine SDK delivers complete set of technologies to integrate truly accurate and comprehensive OCR functionality in the Linux environment yet provides qualified technical support and protection from a variety of possible additional expenses such as those related with implementation, upgrade issues, and customer dissatisfaction."

The key features of the ABBYY FineReader Engine 9.0 SDK for Linux include:

Exceptional Language Support for OCR

The new SDK covers over 190 languages for OCR including those with Latin, Cyrillic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, and Hebrew characters. The product also delivers outstanding capability to read multilingual documents including combinations of languages with absolutely different writing systems (for example, Chinese and German, Hebrew and French, etc.). As a result, FineReader Engine's extensive language support allows development of truly international OCR applications.

Powerful Barcode Recognition

The ABBYY SDK for Linux recognizes more than 15 1D barcode types and popular 2D barcodes (including PDF 417, Aztec, DataMatrix, and QR Code) detecting them at any orientation on the page throughout the entire document.

ABBYY ADRT® for Reproduction of Logical Document Structure

The new SDK delivers unique ABBYY ADRT (Adaptive Document Recognition Technology), an intelligent synthesis algorithm for reproducing logical structure and original formatting of multipage documents when exporting to Office formats. The new technology brings document conversion to new levels of accuracy and performance. By treating an entire multipage document as a single entity rather than a set of pages, ABBYY ADRT accurately re-creates logical elements of document structure such as headers, footers, page numbering, footnotes, and font styles across all pages.

PDF and PDF/A Conversion with MRC Compression

ABBYY FineReader Engine 9.0 for Linux provides extensive PDF input and output functions such as creation of searchable and tagged PDFs, extraction of metadata, re-creation of hyperlinks and internal links, and support for a variety of security settings. It also offers new MRC Compression technology for PDF and PDF/A while preserving the original visual quality of documents. This makes the SDK an ideal solution for document archiving and storage.

Variety of Input and Output Formats

ABBYY FineReader Engine 9.0 for Linux supports a variety of input formats including PDF, BMP, PCX, DCX, JPEG, GIF, TIFF, and PNG. It also supports a wide range of saving formats such as RTF, PDF, PDF/A, DOC, XLS, PPT, XML, DOCX, XLSX, PPTX, TXT, CSV, HTML, and DBF.

Availability and Pricing

ABBYY FineReader Engine 9.0 for Linux will be available for purchase worldwide in May, 2010. For information on licensing models and pricing, please contact your local ABBYY office. For more information about the product, visit www.ABBYY.com/ocr_sdk_linux .


With the new Engine release ABBYY again shows commitment to the Linux environment. Recently the company also introduced ABBYY CLI OCR for Linux, a Command Line Interface OCR Utility which enables quick and simple integration of ABBYY's award-winning optical character recognition (OCR) and PDF conversion technologies within Linux environments. For further information on product functionality, availability and licensing, as well as a free trial version, please visit www.ocr4linux.com.


ABBYY is a leading provider of document recognition, data capture and linguistic software. Its products include the ABBYY FineReader line of optical character recognition (OCR) applications, ABBYY FlexiCapture line of data capture solutions, ABBYY Lingvo dictionary software, and development tools. Paper-intensive organisations from all over the world use ABBYY software to automate time- and labour-consuming tasks and to streamline business processes. ABBYY products are used in large-scale government projects such as those of Australian Taxation Office, Lithuanian Tax Inspectorate, Ministry of Education of Russia, Ministry of Education of Ukraine, and Montgomery County Government of the USA. Companies that license ABBYY technologies include BancTec, Canon, EMC/Captiva, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, NewSoft, Notable Solutions, Samsung Electronics and more. ABBYY OCR applications are shipped with equipment from the world's top manufacturers such as BenQ, Epson, Fujitsu, Fuji Xerox, Microtek, Panasonic, Plustek, Toshiba, and Xerox. ABBYY is headquartered in Moscow, Russia, with offices in Germany, the United States, Ukraine, the UK, Japan and Taiwan. For more information, visit www.abbyy.com/.

ABBYY, the ABBYY Logo, FineReader, ADRT, Lingvo, FlexiCapture, Recognition Server and PDF Transformer are either registered trademarks or trademarks of ABBYY Software Ltd. Other product names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners and are hereby recognised.

The registered trademark Linux® is used pursuant to a sublicense from LMI, the exclusive licensee of Linus Torvalds, owner of the mark on a world-wide basis. Other product names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners and are hereby recognized.



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