ABBYY Announces FlexiCapture Studio20 Apr, 2004
ABBYY Announces FlexiCapture Studio
New York, NY–ABBYY USA, a document technology company, presents FlexiCapture Studio, a tool that enables data capture processing of unstructured or semi-structured forms and documents. Targeted at software developers, system integrators and VARs, FlexiCapture Studio will help develop and expand semi-structured forms processing applications. Initially designed for use with ABBYY FormReader and FineReader Engine SDK, FlexiCapture Studio is a tool that allows users to create solutions based on ABBYY recognition technology to successfully capture data from various semi-structured and unstructured forms, including such varied documents as invoices, health claim forms, resumes, and loan documents without regard to scan resolution or data location. ABBYY FlexiCapture Studio addresses three limitations of current forms processing solutions: the ability to handle only fixed forms and documents, but not semi-structured or unstructured forms; constant template-tweaking to accommodate minor document adjustments; and high costs associated with operator dependence. “Built on the impeccable OCR accuracy heritage that ABBYY has come to be known for, FlexiCapture Studio is paving the way to expand the forms processing market we know today,” said Dean Tang, president and CEO of ABBYY USA. “With the introduction of FlexiCapture Studio, ABBYY can offer its existing partners and application developers a forms processing tool that will help them greatly expand their business by allowing them to capture a wider variety of data, including semi-structured and variable forms.” With FlexiCapture Studio’s user interface, a person who has had no previous programming experience can create a layout definition or FlexiLayout. In the case of complex flexible forms, ABBYY FlexiCapture Studio allows users to create FlexiLayouts using the powerful FlexiCapture language. FlexiCapture Studio allows users to specify which key elements to look for and describes how to locate the elements in a form or document after a specific key element is found. The relationships between elements and associated data are defined using logical concepts such as “above, below, right, left, before, after, closest to, and within the range.” FlexiCapture Studio uses a unique, element-relationship algorithm to detect data fields. Unlike other approaches, which analyze separate elements one-by-one, FlexiCapture Studio uses whole sets of form elements and analyzes the relationship between them to identify the required fields. FlexiCapture Studio allows users to define a logical layout for documents of any type. Through the layout definition FormReader and FineReader Engine know which key elements to look for and how to locate the data after the key elements are found. FlexiCapture technology frees users from the restrictions of template-based form matching, such as the reliance on exact placement of fields on a page. Thus, FlexiCapture-enabled capture solutions can find fields elsewhere, using any information available and are able to find and extract needed data and information from any type of form or document. FlexiCapture Studio supports Pentium PC, 350MHz for Windows XP, Pentium 200MHz for Windows 2000/NT 4.0, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 2000, or Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 (SP6 or later). FlexiCapture Studio for ABBYY FormReader Desktop Edition starts at $4995 for 10,000 pages per month and is available now. FlexiCapture Studio for ABBYY FineReader Engine SDK will be available in the third quarter of 2004. For additional information please visit www.abbyyusa.com. ABBYY USA Signs Agreement With j2 Global FREMONT, CA–ABBYY USA announces the signing of a global agreement with j2 Global Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: JCOM), a provider of outsourced, value-added messaging and communications services. Under the agreement, j2 Global will incorporate ABBYY’s optical character recognition (OCR) technology into two of its leading software products: the Internet fax application, Messenger Plus™and j2 Global’s desktop document management program, PaperMaster® Pro. The agreement gives ABBYY OCR technologies additional exposure in the desktop document management marketplace and entry into the Internet fax market. Messenger Plus is a software application from j2 Global which enables users of eFax® Plus, eFax Corporate® and jConnect® Premier to view and print faxes, send faxes directly from a PC desktop and annotate documents. The new FineReader option in Messenger Plus will allow subscribers to convert electronic faxes into searchable text. PaperMaster Pro enables office-based and mobile workers to have the contents of office filing cabinets, servers and workstations at their fingertips. PaperMaster Pro lets users organize, retrieve, annotate, send and archive a wide range of paper-based and digital media, including documents, voicemail and email messages, and music and video files. With FineReader, PaperMaster Pro will empower users to convert paper-based documents and scanned images into editable text with accuracy and format retention. “We are pleased with the partnership we’ve established with j2 Global Communications and the fact that we have aligned ourselves with one of the most widely-used Internet fax and communications providers, ” said Joe Budelli, vice president of business development for ABBYY USA. “We are confident that our superior recognition accuracy will be an asset to j2 Global’s fax and document management customers. ” “j2 Global’s partnership with ABBYY has allowed us to expand the range of value-added services we offer our customers, ” said Joe Naylor, vice president of corporate product development for j2 Global. “Our customers now have additional versatility with ABBYY’s top OCR technology, which enables them to convert their received faxes into a multitude of editable file types. ” Messenger Plus 3.1 with FineReader Pro is available free of charge to eFax Plus, eFax Corporate and jConnect Premier subscribers, and may be downloaded via the Internet at www.efax.com/ocr or www.jconnect.com/ocr. PaperMaster Pro is available at www.papermaster.net. All products are currently available for the Windows 98SE, 2000, ME and XP operating systems.