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ABBYY Shares Its OCR Technology With Student Developers Worldwide

November 27, 2015

Free Use of the Optical Character Recognition Technology That Companies Employ for Precise Accuracy

ABBYY®, a leading global provider of technologies and solutions to action information, launched a non-profit initiative to support students who develop software for their educational and scientific research projects * worldwide. Members of the Student Program get a free access to ABBYY’s OCR via the Web API to add powerful and reliable recognition functions to their own applications.

In the past, the use of professional OCR technologies has been available mainly for large and medium businesses, while startups and students often used free open-source software, which requires range of adjustments and lacks professional customer support.

As part of ABBYY’s educational initiative, students performing research can now easily utilize high-quality OCR in their development projects for mobile, desktop or web-based applications via the ABBYY Cloud OCR SDK service. The available recognition capabilities include:

  • Full-text and field-level OCR

  • Field-level hand-print recognition (ICR)

  • Business card recognition

  • Barcode recognition

  • Checkmark recognition

  • Machine-readable zone recognition (recognition of machine-readable zones of text)

To join the program, ** students create a free account at and publish the description of their development project in the internet and link it back to their registration. After an approval process, applicants receive the right to use ABBYY Cloud OCR SDK for free.

ABBYY Cloud OCR SDK is an online service providing a Web API for OCR, ICR, field extraction, and other image recognition tasks. By using this API, developers can leverage ABBYY’s industry-leading OCR in their applications on a “pay-as-you-go” basis and with minimal upfront investment. They can also flexibly scale up processing according to the actual demand without any hardware investment.

ABBYY supports a number of non-profit projects in healthcare, assistive learning and academic education by providing its products and technologies. The company also fosters its own educational initiatives for students, schoolchildren, and professionals.

* Commercial student projects are not allowed.

** Please find the details here:


ABBYY is a leading global provider of technologies and solutions that help businesses to action information. The company sets the standard in content capture and innovative language-based technologies that integrate across the information lifecycle. ABBYY solutions are relied on to optimize business processes, mitigate risk, accelerate decision making and drive revenue. ABBYY technologies are used and licensed by some of the largest international enterprises and government organizations, as well as SMBs and individuals. The company maintains offices in Australia, Canada, Cyprus, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, Taiwan, the UAE, the UK, Ukraine, and the United States. For more information, see Key Facts.

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