ABBYY FineReader Engine 12 takes on the cloud

ABBYY has announced the launch of FineReader Engine 12, its next-generation software development kit (SDK) that can now be applied to applications running in virtual and cloud environments, along with those running on premise, providing intelligent OCR for 208 languages, PDF conversion, and data capture.

FineReader Engine 12 enables businesses to broaden the spectrum of software applications and services they offer using modern cloud platforms like Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure. Virtual environments, e.g. VMware Workstation and ESXi, Docker Containers and Oracle VM VirtualBox, are supported as well.

“ABBYY FineReader Engine 12 answers the growing demand for applications using OCR and data capture on virtual machines or in the cloud. This version of the SDK gives companies and organisations freedom to build software that works best for their business goals and enter new markets by taking advantage of the advanced features and over 200 recognition languages,” said Dr. Rainer Pausch, Senior Director of Global Product Marketing of SDKs at ABBYY.

The SDK can be used to provide enterprise applications with text recognition, PDF conversion, and data capture functionality. This includes converting scans into searchable PDF, PDF/A, Word or Excel documents, accessing data on photos, screenshots, industrial displays, or even car instrument panels and infotainment systems. Using the toolkit, applications are able to convert TIFF libraries into PDF, PDF/A, Word or other formats and accurately extract field values.

This version of the SDK also offers improved OCR of the Japanese language and introduces Farsi as a new recognition language. Its enhanced layout reconstruction is especially important for working with financial documents.

A new classification module employs machine learning and natural language processing (NLP) in order to classify documents with precision, down to the smallest detail. FineReader Engine 12 also adds new output formats including PDF 2.0, PDF/UA, and HTML 5.

Powered by artificial intelligence, FineReader Engine 12 works with 208 languages, provides outstanding recognition accuracy even for multi-language documents and delivers searchable and editable digital copies that retain the original layout.

The SDK also accelerates time-to-market for applications as it offers easy integration, pre-configured tools, code samples and other components.

ABBYY FineReader Engine 12 for Windows is available worldwide immediately. The Linux and Mac versions will be released in June and July 2018 respectively.