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M2 PRESSWIRE-4 January 2001-SCANSOFT: ScanSoft announces availability of Developer's Kit 2000 Version 10; New Developer's Kit offers increased accuracy and improved flexibility for integration of OCR, ICR, Bar Code, MICR and OMR to developers (C)1994-2001 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD
PEABODY, Mass. -- ScanSoft, Inc. (NASDAQ: SSFT), the leading provider of paper-to-digital software, today announced the availability of Developer's Kit 2000 version 10. Providing easy access to 10 powerful recognition engines in a single product, Developer's Kit 2000 version 10 offers many significant enhancements including increased accuracy with new and improved recognition engines and increased flexibility for integrators. The developer's kit is now available directly from ScanSoft. "With the New POWR + + OCR voting engine, Developer's Kit 2000 provides software developers with the increased accuracy they need, reducing the number of errors on average by 30% over the OmniPage 9 engine," said Wayne Crandall, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at ScanSoft. "Developer's Kit 2000 combines improved accuracy with a powerful set of tools to equip developers with a more streamlined integration process." Developer's Kit 2000 provides software developers and OEMs with an open-architecture source of three powerful OCR recognition modules (machine print), two ICR modules (handprint), bar code, OCR-A, OCR-B, MICR (E13B), and OMR. The open API architecture permits 32-bit software developers to integrate additional or alternative 3rd party image capture technologies such as ScanFix and FormFix from TMSSequoia. Access to the technologies is provided by a C API for C programmers, while C++, Delphi or Visual Basic programmers can access the latest recognition technology through an ActiveX interface. Example code using the Microsoft Foundation Class Library (MFC) makes it easy to integrate the Developer's Kit 2000 into applications developed using Microsoft Visual C++. It comes in three configurations optimized for different application development needs: the Professional Recognition Kit, the Professional OCR Kit, and the C Developer's Kit. In addition, an optional Professional Toolbox offers the convenience of visual controls that provide for text editing, image viewing, image thumbnail viewing and zone control. These controls are designed to simplify the development of image viewers and correction editors. "ScanSoft's DevKit 2000 saves us time and money by offering everything we need in one robust, easy to use software toolset," said Scott Matthews, President and Chief Executive Officer at Digitech Systems, Inc. "We can integrate multiple recognition engines from leading vendors into our application - all through one easy to use interface." Developer's Kit 2000 version 10 offers many enhancements to the award-winning Developer Kit 2000, including: New POWR++ OCR engine: this new OCR engine employs ScanSoft's highly accurate Predictive Optical Word Recognition++ (POWR++) technology, the same technology found in OmniPage Pro 10, the world's standard for machine print OCR. The POWR++ engine provides increased accuracy, reducing the number of errors on average by 30% over the M/Text engine also available in the developer kit. Providing a more intelligent approach over traditional external voting, POWR++ incorporates a powerful internal voting process, which leverages the recognition technologies of the OmniPage, WordScan and Recognita engines. Updated reRecognition alphanumeric handprint recognition engine: this updated ICR engine is reRecognition's most accurate ICR engine. It provides increased accuracy over the...