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ABBYY Announces First Comprehensive SDK Designed Specifically for Data Capture Integration

April 21, 2009

ABBYY announces FlexiCapture Engine 8.0 software development kit for integrating data and document capture technologies in Windows-based applications. It is the first comprehensive data capture SDK to combine technologies and tools for processing forms, semi-structured and unstructured documents, data verification, document classification, and export for backend processing and archiving in a single developer environment.

New Product Enables Developers and ISVs to Leverage ABBYY’s Cutting-Edge Data and Document Capture Technologies Combined in a Single, Comprehensive SDK

ABBYY, a leading provider of document recognition, data capture and linguistic software, today announced its FlexiCapture Engine 8.0, a new software development kit (SDK) for integrating data and document capture technologies in Windows-based applications. ABBYY FlexiCapture Engine 8.0 is the first comprehensive data capture SDK to combine technologies and tools for processing forms, semi-structured and unstructured documents, data verification, document classification, and export for backend processing and archiving in a single developer environment. The new ABBYY SDK enables developers, ISVs and service providers to empower their own products and services with industry-leading technologies already proven in thousands of real-world projects.

“With the release of data capture SDK, we are happy to provide developers with powerful and flexible instrument to smoothly integrate ABBYY’s technologies that have an impressive history of success in various markets,” said Andrey Isaev, director of the technology products department at ABBYY. "The need for data capture is continually growing and expanding into a wide number of new segments and opportunities across many vertical markets. FlexiCapture Engine is designed to address this growing audience by giving developers the tools to easily customize their solutions according to vertical market needs." 

With its ability to extract data from forms and documents of any type and complexity, the SDK is an ideal instrument for developing vertical solutions such as those intended for processing invoices, medical forms, insurance applications, examination tests, ID cards and many more. It can be also used for creating customized data capture applications for various scanning devices and terminals.

FlexiCapture Engine delivers intelligent document separation and classification capabilities which eliminate the need for manual pre-sorting and separation and enable the processing of all document types in a single stream. As a result, the SDK can be successfully used for high-load projects or integrated into enterprise management and workflow systems. The new product also offers the widest language support and therefore, can be integrated into international document management systems. 

FlexiCapture Engine 8.0 delivers a full range of document processing technologies and features including:

Comprehensive Set of Document Recognition and Capture Technologies

The product provides a powerful set of ABBYY’s core recognition technologies including Intelligent Character Recognition (ICR) for hand-printed text, Optical Character Recognition (OCR) for printed text, barcode recognition, Optical Mark Recognition (OMR), and PDF conversion. It also includes innovative FlexiCapture technology to process semi-structured and unstructured documents including invoices, price lists, waybills, contracts and other documents where the location of data fields is not fixed.

Automated Processing of Multi-page Forms and Documents in One Stream

ABBYY FlexiCapture Engine 8.0 delivers easy-to-use tools for creating templates of fixed forms such as questionnaires, surveys and tests. It additionally provides flexible descriptions called FlexiLayouts for analysis and processing of semi-structured and unstructured documents. Using logic and a sequence of hypotheses, FlexiLayouts allow the program to accurately locate fields to capture relevant data despite their varied locations on different documents. The same technology also simplifies the processing of long tables that span across multiple pages.

FlexiLayouts also enable automatic document separation and classification. They automatically identify document types in a processing stream, including multi-page documents with varied number of pages. As a result, all types of forms and documents (including appendices and attachments) can be automatically processed in a single batch without the need for manual presorting or use of blank separation pages, patch codes, or barcodes.

Document Indexing and PDF Conversion

With its powerful OCR and PDF conversion technologies, ABBYY FlexiCapture Engine 8.0 supports the ability to automatically index documents with relevant data for improved searchability and convert them to PDF and PDF/A formats for long-term archiving.

Data Validation and Verification Options

FlexiCapture Engine 8.0 offers powerful data validation and verification instruments and methods such as checking captured values against databases, checking data formats, data validation via scripts and special API for effective manual verification.

The Widest Language Support

The SDK features a unique base of recognition languages, including more than 180 languages for OCR and over 110 languages for ICR. It also supports 17 types of 1D barcodes as well as PDF 417 and widespread 2D barcodes. ABBYY FlexiCapture Engine delivers a high degree of accuracy for both multilingual documents and single-language documents.

Availability and Pricing

ABBYY FlexiCapture Engine 8.0 is available immediately worldwide via a flexible, modular licensing policy. Developers may select the best combination of tools and pricing options for their projects. For information on licensing models and pricing, contact your local ABBYY office or ABBYY partner.

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