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Business Card Reader Coming to Android Phones? - Abbyy Releases the SDK
      #32461 - 01/22/09 08:18 PM

ABBYY today announced its Mobile OCR Engine 3.0 software development kit (SDK). ABBYY Mobile OCR Engine gives developers powerful tools for creating mobile or other compact applications enhanced with optical character recognition (OCR) and business card recognition (BCR) functions. Here is more info:

ABBYY?s small-footprint OCR technology automatically transforms images of text and documents captured with a digital camera into editable and searchable text, eliminating the need to input information manually. Using the innovative BCR functionality, developers can create mobile applications to transfer data from images of business cards directly to the phone address book. OCR and BCR capabilities can be embedded into any camera-based devices including mobile phones, communicators, PDAs, digital cameras and portable scanners.

In addition to the support for many popular mobile platforms such as Windows Mobile, Symbian, LINUX and others, ABBYY Mobile OCR Engine 3.0 now enables developers to readily add OCR and BCR functions to Android-based applications.

ABBYY Mobile OCR Engine enables developers to extend the capabilities of various mobile devices and applications in many ways. For example, using a camera phone with an OCR application, clippings from magazines, books, receipts, ads and other documents can be captured and automatically converted into text, which can then be edited, stored or sent via email or SMS. The captured and recognized text can be further used in other mobile and PC applications including notepads, calendars, libraries and so on.

To ensure extensive international reach of mobile OCR applications, the SDK recognizes 58 languages with Latin, Cyrillic and Greek characters. In addition, it provides dictionaries created specifically for BCR in 16 languages including newly added Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish and Turkish.

Development Environment
Can be used under any development environment for C/C++, C# and .NET, including Microsoft Visual Studio 2005.
Supported Operating Systems
The Mobile OCR Engine is cross-platform technology and supports the following operating systems:

* Windows
* Windows Mobile
* Symbian
* Android
* Brew
* ucLinux
* propriety OSs for GSM and CDMA phone platforms

ABBYY offers professional services to port the software to other platforms and to customize the software for special tasks.
ABBYY Mobile OCR Engine is a compact code OCR solution and requires minimal resources:

* ROM: 2.5 ? 3Mb for program installation plus 0.5-1 Mb per recognition language.
* RAM: 2.5 ? 3Mb for program storage plus 0.5-1 Mb for each recognition language used; 1.5 ? 5Mb for program operation; 1 ? 3Mb for storing the input picture/image file.
* Exact memory requirements vary depending on the operating system and specific recognition tasks (e.g. multilingual recognition requires more memory).

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