AccuSoft Corporation Announces New Releases of Industry-Leading ImageGear Toolkit with Added Support for Standards and Third-Party Products

ImageGear Professional Incorporates Support for PDF Editing,
ISIS for Scanner Control from Captiva, and ScanSoft OmniPage OCR SDK;
ImageGear MD Adds Support for DICOM Presentation State Objects

NORTHBOROUGH, Mass., – Oct. 18, 2004 – AccuSoft® Corporation, the leading provider of imaging technology and data and imaging analysis solutions, announced today comprehensive new releases of its award-winning ImageGear® Imaging Toolkit – ImageGear Professional, Version 14, and ImageGear MD, Version 14. Both products are available immediately through AccuSoft.

ImageGear Professional V14 features the introduction of content editing capabilities for Adobe® PDF files, in addition to enhanced document font support and text extraction for PDF files. For enhanced scanning functionality, full support of Captiva’s Image and Scanner Interface Specification (ISIS®), the industry standard, enterprise-level interface that unites a universe of scanners and applications, has also been added. ImageGear’s ISIS support will allow peak performance from every scanning device an organization might employ. Comprehensive support for the TWAIN 1.9 standard has also been added, further bolstering the product’s robust support for scanning.

ImageGear Professional V14 also incorporates a range of functionality via the ScanSoft OmniPage Capture SDK, including a new scalable voting architecture that provides developers with two pre-made voting interfaces, along with direct access to three OCR engines. As a result, developers will be able to decrease development time and achieve market-leading accuracy for controlling scanning devices for the applications they create using ImageGear Professional. In addition, ImageGear Professional V14 incorporates optional support for ScanSoft’s Intelligent Character Recognition (handwriting), Optical Mark Recognition (checkmark) and Asian OCR capabilities. For end users, the result of these enhancements is that they will be able to perform recognition on more types of documents faster and with fewer errors.

ImageGear MD, the toolkit of choice for developers creating medical applications, adds support to V14 for the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) standard’s Presentation State (PS) Objects. When used within a DICOM file, PS Objects allow for the consistent display of images on various devices and media, storage of specific settings for display, and storage of annotations and additional tags such as Patient/Study/Series information. Also included in ImageGear MD V14 is the ability to read 1-bit DICOM files, which assists in the exchange of scanned documents and hand-written notes as part of a DICOM study.

"These new releases of ImageGear build on AccuSoft’s nearly 20 years of imaging expertise, and allow developers to dramatically reduce the time to prototype and deliver working applications, providing them with a faster time-to-market advantage," said Ian Lee, Vice President of Customer Services, AccuSoft Corporation. "By working in close partnership with the leading technology companies in the industry, including Adobe, ScanSoft, and Captiva, we are also able to ensure that our customers are able to incorporate support for the best and most pervasive products, technologies and industry standards in the market both today and in the future."

"AccuSoft’s technology is incorporated into thousands of applications worldwide, and the company has a reputation in the imaging marketplace for excellence," said Robert Weideman, Vice President of Marketing, ScanSoft, Inc. "As a company with a complementary product line that is also focused on delivering high-quality products to organizations worldwide, we are proud that AccuSoft has selected ScanSoft products for its ImageGear family, and we look forward to continuing our successful partnership."

"As a technology partner of AccuSoft, we have been particularly impressed with the company’s deep commitment to its customers, as well as its staff’s vast knowledge of imaging and related technology," said Jim Vickers, General Manager of the Pixel Translations division of Captiva Software. "We believe that AccuSoft’s addition of the ISIS standard in ImageGear V14 will be highly beneficial to multiple audiences, from the developers creating the applications, to the organizations deploying the applications, to the end users of the applications."

ImageGear Professional V14, with support for all of the most popular imaging formats, is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris, HP/UX and AIX platforms. For those customers that require support for multiple platforms, ImageGear Enterprise V14 provides a bundled solution. Support for Java comes standard with all platforms.

In addition to its comprehensive DICOM support, ImageGear MD V14 includes all the features found in ImageGear Professional. It is available for all 32-bit Windows platforms and Linux systems.

All of the new offerings include extensive, customer-focused support, and are protected by the AccuSoft Image GuaranteeTM, as well as tested against AccuSoft’s exhaustive library of real-world images. As a result, developers can rest assured that users will not encounter problems viewing images from any applications built with ImageGear technology.

Availability & Pricing:

ImageGear Professional V14 toolkits are available immediately through AccuSoft, with pricing starting at $3,995. ImageGear MD V14 is also available immediately through AccuSoft, with pricing starting at $4,995.

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