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ABBYY Announces Its New OCR SDK for Linux® Environment

April 20, 2010

ABBYY FineReader 9.0 Engine SDK empowers developers to build Linux-based applications with highly accurate and reliable OCR, barcode recognition and PDF conversion functions.

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


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

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