ABBYY Announces Business Card Reading Application for the iPhone

Jan 26, 2010, 08:00 ET from ABBYY

MILPITAS, Calif., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- ABBYY®, a leading provider of document recognition, data capture and linguistic software, today announced the availability of its Business Card Reader solution with support for the Apple® iPhone® 3GS, in addition to the Symbian-based version released last year. It transfers contact data such as names, phone numbers, e-mail addresses and other key information from business cards directly to the iPhone address book by using the device's camera and text recognition technology. Delivering support for 16 recognition languages, ABBYY Business Card Reader performs almost instantaneous, on-device processing of captured information, without the need for an internet connection to access external resources. ABBYY's own OCR (optical character recognition) technology that has won worldwide acclaim for its supreme accuracy in digitizing printed text makes the application a truly reliable business instrument.

"Business card reading functionality has proven to be popular among smartphone users. We know this from the fact that leading hardware manufactures often choose BCR applications to be pre-installed on their devices, as well as from the success of ABBYY's own BCR solution for Nokia smartphones," said Katya Solntseva, Director of Mobile Products Department at ABBYY. "With the iPhone becoming a popular device among business professionals, we have decided to expand our offering by providing support for this platform, as well."

ABBYY Business Card Reader for iPhone intelligently locates different types of contact information which can be found on a business card, such as First Name, Last Name, Company, Title, Telephone Numbers, Fax, E-mail, Web site and more. All these data types can be saved automatically to the corresponding fields of a phone book without the need for further reorganization of the obtained data. At the same time, it provides additional options allowing users to add or change the fields or edit the captured text if necessary.

For those who travel around the world for business, Business Card Reader for iPhone recognizes business cards in various languages including English, German, French, Italian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Indonesian, Norwegian (both Bokmal and Nynorsk), Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian.


ABBYY Business Card Reader for iPhone can be purchased via the Apple AppStore accessible through iTunes®. For more information about the product, please visit


ABBYY is a leading provider of document recognition, data capture and language software. Its products include the ABBYY FineReader line of optical character recognition (OCR) applications, ABBYY FlexiCapture line of data capture solutions, ABBYY Lingvo dictionary software, and development tools. Paper-intensive organizations from all over the world use ABBYY software to automate time- and labour-consuming tasks and to streamline business processes. ABBYY products are used in large-scale government projects such as those of Australian Taxation Office, Lithuanian Tax Inspectorate, Ministry of Education of Russia, Ministry of Education of Ukraine, and Montgomery County Government of the USA. Companies that license ABBYY technologies include BancTec, Canon, EMC/Captiva, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, NewSoft, Notable Solutions, Samsung Electronics and more. ABBYY OCR applications are shipped with equipment from the world's top manufacturers such as BenQ, Epson, Fujitsu, Fuji Xerox, Microtek, Panasonic, Plustek, Toshiba, and Xerox. ABBYY is headquartered in Moscow, Russia, with offices in Germany, the United States, Ukraine, the UK, Japan and Taiwan. For more information, visit

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