November 28, 2014

ABBYY Releases 'Business Card Reader' on Android

ABBYY, a key player in the fields of document recognition and linguistic technologies, announced they’ve brought their popular Business Card Reader app to Android.  Much like its Symbian and iOS counterparts, the app lets use transfer information from business cards directly to the phone’s contacts.  This is done by way leveraging Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software with the camera. Not only will the app scan and add new contacts, but it’s also intelligent enough to add to current entries, updating with any new information it finds. 

Other details include the ability to search these for additional info on these contacts across Google Maps and social networking services.  Business Card Reader for Android is available in a free (lite) version that allows users to capture data, preview the results, and search for additional info on Facebook.  This lite version will only transfer the contact’s first name, last name and first detected phone number. If you need more info beyond that, you can purchase the full version for a one time $9.99 fee.

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ABBYY Launches Business Card Reader for Android

New Software Provides Automated Capture of Printed Text with Broad Multilingual Support and Direct Access to Social Networks

Milpitas, Calif. (January 13, 2011)ABBYY, a leading provider of document recognition, data capture, and linguistic technologies and services, today announced the availability of its Business Card Reader for Android®. The Android application rounds out ABBYY‘s support of the major smartphone platforms, including Symbian and Apple iOS. The application enables users to accurately transfer contact information from paper business cards into their Android phone’s address book. The solution also allows users to search for additional information about new contacts across popular social networks and Google Maps.

The new product reads text in nineteen languages including popular European languages such as English, German, French, Italian and Russian, providing business users with an efficient way to process both unilingual and multilingual business cards. Leveraging the device’s camera and ABBYY’s award-winning mobile OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technology, the application intelligently locates contact data within a business card and saves it into the corresponding data fields. It allows users to not only create new contact records, but also quickly update existing ones with newly obtained information. The software simplifies the checking of captured data by highlighting uncertain characters in the resulting text and displaying the original photo for visual comparison.

ABBYY Business Card Reader offers a simple and efficient way to learn more about a company or individual via the ability to search across social networks such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook directly from within the application. It also allows users to look up a new address captured from a business card with Google Maps, without requiring it to be saved in the mobile address book. “Business Card Reader for Android does more than simple contact reading ­– it gives users an efficient way to acquire, store and manage valuable business information,” added Katya Solntseva, director of mobile products department at ABBYY.

ABBYY Business Card Reader for Android will also be available in a free, lite version that will allow users to capture data on a business card, preview the results on a phone’s display, and search for additional information on Facebook. The lite version will transfer the contact’s first name, last name and first detected phone number. The rest of the contact data can be saved into the address book by upgrading to the full version.

Availability and Specifications

ABBYY Business Card Reader for Android is now available via the Google Android Market. Supported user interface languages include English and Russian. For more information about ABBYY Business Card Reader, including the product’s system specifications and a full list of recognition languages, visit www.abbyy.com/bcr_android.

About ABBYY

ABBYY is a leading provider of document recognition, data capture, and linguistic technologies and services. 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. ABBYY Language Services provides comprehensive linguistic solutions to corporate customers. Paper-intensive organizations from all over the world use ABBYY solutions 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 www.ABBYY.com.

ABBYY, the ABBYY Logo, FineReader, ADRT, Lingvo, FlexiCapture, Recognition Server, and PDF Transformer are either registered trademarks or trademarks of ABBYY Software Ltd. Other product names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners and are hereby recognized.

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  • hassan

    or you could use evernote for free

    • http://yobif.com Yobif

      Yes right you can right instead : Evernote find here

      • Pascual H. Benito

        As far as I can tell, the “Business Card Manager” tool for EverNote does not actually extract the contact information from the cards, it simply helps you manage photos of the cards. The ABBY software (and google goggles and ScanCard mentioned above) actually use text-recognition algorithms to attempt to convert the info on the cards into contact database fields. Very different…..

    • Kodes

      How does one use evernote to convert a business card’s info? It doesn’t offer the choice for me.
      Google goggles works well enough though.

  • ChaosKiller

    Or you could use Google Goggles :)

  • CopierITGuy

    10 bucks?!? You’ve got to be kidding me. With the free alternatives out there, this had better have a lot of extras to warrant that price tag! No thanks! I’ll stick with Evernote…

  • Kanaga Deepan N

    Atleast they should one lite version for CamCard businessCard scanner, which allows x number of scans a week…

  • iAlisa

    The best app for my smart!! Good job, David & Co!

  • http://yobif.com Yobif

    Yes these kind of apps should be in market.

  • Droidfan!

    Hey.. they updated it! cool!!

  • http://www.techfrill.com Tech Frill

    i am facing problem with abbyy can you help? once i scan the card i cannot access/save all the information, some of the text goes unscanned?

  • http://twitter.com/xmscan xmscan

    Hi guys, we are happy to announce here that we have released ScanCard FREE VERSION (instead of previous lite version) on Android Market. You would be able to capture images, recognize and save limitless cards. The service is also cloud-based, which means your cards are backed up on the cloud service as well. Then you will be free to manage your contacts anywhere at anytime. The only constraint is that you need a web synchronization account, which is free charge as well, to use the solution.

    By far, we are the only “100% free” business card reader working on Android OS, which recognizes Chinese, English and other European languages, with a real performant OCR (Optical Character Recognition) engine, accuracy up to 95%+++. Compared to most cloud-based solutions, with ScanCard you are getting the recognized contact information immediately after capturing the business card’s image, no need to wait days and hours before getting it on hand.

    View ScanCard’s video on YouTube:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/xmscan?v=XP4hqLK410IView

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    Download Link:
    https://market.android.com/details?id=scan.bcr.ch

    Any comments are welcome! Thanks for your supporting!

    XMSCAN