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ABBYY Offers Recognition Server IFilter to Extend Capabilities of Microsoft® Search Systems beyond Text Formats

June 15, 2010

New solution enhances indexing capabilities of Microsoft Office SharePoint® Server and Windows® Search to discover and retrieve image-based information throughout corporate networks.

New Solution Enhances Indexing Capabilities of Microsoft Office SharePoint® Server and Windows® Search to Discover and Retrieve Image-Based Information throughout Corporate Networks


ABBYY®, a leading provider of document recognition, data capture and linguistic software, today announced that it is expanding its offering for enterprise search systems with the new ABBYY Recognition Server IFilter solution. Integrated with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) or Windows Search, it unlocks image files such as TIFF, JPEG, DjVu, and PDF for full-text content indexing and therefore enables faster and more complete search of all documents in a corporate network. As a result, corporate users have a reliable tool to easily sort through volumes of image files accumulated in their organization.


“Enterprise search systems give corporate users quick access to information contained in a variety of documents necessary to perform everyday tasks. A document that cannot be quickly retrieved is usually considered to be lost even if, nominally, it still exists somewhere in the archives. But some documents are stored in formats that are not convenient for search and retrieval, such as image formats,” commented Andrey Isaev, director of Technology Products Department at ABBYY. “Our product, designed to enhance Microsoft systems with the image content search support, provides an easy solution to simplify access to corporate information and knowledge, and increase work efficiency in an organization.”


Many important documents, such as scanned faxes, agreements, correspondence, etc., are stored as images and, therefore, cannot be indexed by the Microsoft search engine. The ABBYY solution provides the IFilter plug-in to integrate with the Microsoft search system and gives access to a background optical character recognition (OCR) service which is performed by the award-winning ABBYY Recognition Server software.


Microsoft Office SharePoint Server indexes text documents which are located in the corporate network itself, and utilizes ABBYY Recognition Server IFilter when image files need to be processed. IFilter transmits the image-based documents to Recognition Server for OCR processing and then submits the recognized text back to the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server for indexing. This processing makes the documents available for full-text search.


ABBYY Recognition Server IFilter also works with Microsoft Windows Search, a system for searching files on desktop PCs and connected recourses. The background image processing is performed on the server and does not consume resources of the users’ PCs. If necessary, the system can be easily scaled up to provide enough capacity for all employees of the organization to be able to search through images on their computers.


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About ABBYY Recognition Server

ABBYY Recognition Server is a powerful server-based solution for document capture and conversion based on widely renowned ABBYY OCR technologies. The solution “reads” scanned, photographed documents, and PDF files in over 190 languages including multilingual documents with various language combinations (e.g. Japanese and German, Chinese and Russian, etc.). It supports input of a variety of image formats including TIFF, JPEG, PDF, DjVu, BMP, PCX, and DCX. With its scalable and flexible architecture, it can process large volumes of documents while remaining easy to integrate and use.


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