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Camera-phone OCR stack supports Linux

Apr 1, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

Optical character recognition (OCR) vendor Abbyy USA has upgraded its mobile-device OCR software development kit (SDK) with support for East Asian languages. The Linux-compatible Mobile OCR SDK 2.5 adds Chinese, Japanese, and Korean (CJK) support, as well as improved image correction capabilities, says Abbyy.

Announced two years ago, the Abbyy Mobile OCR SDK aims to let developers embed OCR and business card reading functionality into any mobile device with imaging hardware. Such devices include camera phones, PDAs, digital cameras, and handheld scanners.

The new version of the Mobile OCR SDK can recognize 64 languages, says Abbyy, and offers intelligent text parsing capabilities specialized for reading text from business card images. It has a small footprint of 1.5MB to 5MB of RAM and 2MB to 20MB of flash, and is designed to support mobile phone platforms that include Linux, Symbian, Windows Mobile, and Brew.

The new CJK adds recognition and dictionary support for Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Japanese, and Korean. Version 2.5 also offers automatic correction of distorted images. It can correct image distortions with skew correction of up to 20 percent, rotation of images 90, 180, or 270 degrees, and fish eye and trapezium adjustments, says Abbyy.


Abbyy Mobile OCR SDK 2.5 appears to be available now at an undisclosed price. More information and access to a free trial version may be available here.

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