August 29, 2006 08:30 ET

ABBYY USA Introduces PDF Transformer 2.0 Pro, a Powerful PDF Conversion and Creation Tool

First PDF Conversion Software Under $100 to Change Static, Image-Only PDF Files Into Searchable PDFs in One Easy Step

FREMONT, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 29, 2006 -- ABBYY USA Software House, a provider of document recognition, conversion and data capture technologies, today announced the worldwide availability of ABBYY PDF Transformer 2.0 Pro, a PDF conversion and creation application ideal for business settings where PDF conversion and creation is a routine job function. This easy-to-use PDF utility converts all types of PDF files to MS Office documents and creates PDFs from MS Office applications. In addition, PDF Transformer is the first and only utility in its class that translates static, image-only PDF files into searchable PDFs in one step. Users can perform full-text searches for scanned PDF image documents, such as magazine articles, contracts and books, by simply entering a search word on a desktop search tool.

PDF Transformer combines two utilities in a single package, offering PDF conversion and PDF creation. The software is designed for those who need an easy-to-use, affordable, yet powerful program to convert PDFs to editable office documents and generate PDF files from office applications.

PDF Conversion Utility

Convert Scanned PDF Images to Searchable PDF Files

Most scanners or multifunction devices, such as digital copiers, scan documents into "image-only" PDF formats, which are not searchable. PDF Transformer is the only utility in its class that adds a text layer to image-only PDF files, making the files accessible for key word searching.

Convert PDF to editable formats

The PDF conversion component of the software allows quick and easy conversion of PDF files to a variety of editable formats including MS Word, Excel, TXT, and HTML, allowing users to reuse the information or make changes. The PDF utility's intuitive, view-style interface is flexible and easy to use. It provides the ability of control needed in the PDF conversion process, depending on user preferences, file formatting complexity, or its use purposes. Users may look through a PDF file before converting it and change the settings if necessary. Users can also select a specific page or area within the PDF file to process and set up the level of layout retention needed.

PDF Transformer 2.0 Pro delivers superior accuracy with PDF file conversion using its dual-option approach. When processing PDF files, the utility determines whether the text is embedded, examines the integrity of the text layer, and makes a decision to extract the text or apply optical character recognition (OCR). Each area is examined individually, and the most appropriate method is applied to each area of the document to garner the best possible results.

When processing PDF files, the utility captures and re-creates internal links and hyperlinks, retains document properties including titles, subject, author and key words, and saves this information in Microsoft Word, Excel, HTML and searchable PDF formats. In addition, PDF Transformer 2.0 Pro converts documents in 37 languages, provides paper size and image quality retention.

Creating PDF Files

PDF Transformer creates PDF files directly from Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or a Visio diagram using toolbar buttons embedded in the applications. Users can save the PDF file or send it by e-mail without saving it first. Interface points include applications with the PDF Transformer toolbar, Windows Explorer, and other applications that support the "Print" function.

ABBYY PDF Transformer 2.0 Pro supports PDF security settings and allows users to produce PDF documents with permissions passwords to prevent unauthorized opening of documents or to restrict certain operations, such as printing, content extraction, editing, adding comments, and adding or removing pages.

When creating PDFs, the utility preserves functional internal links and hyperlinks and automatically retains the original documents' properties, including title, author, subject and keywords. The PDF creation interface also allows users to specify the size of the resulting PDF files depending upon their use.

System requirements:

--  PC with Intel® Pentium®/Celeron®/ Xeon™, AMD
    K6/Athlon™/Duron™ or compatible processor 200 MHz or higher
--  Microsoft® Windows® XP, Windows® 2000 (SP2 or greater),
    Windows® Server 2003
--  32 MB of RAM minimum; 128 MB of RAM or more recommended
--  230 MB of hard-disk space for typical installation and program
--  Super VGA (800x600) or higher-resolution video adapter and monitor


ABBYY PDF Transformer 2.0 is priced at $99.99 and is available immediately through various online stores, select retail outlets and resellers worldwide. For detailed product information or to download a trial version of the utility, visit


ABBYY (ABBYY Software House) develops linguistic and artificial intelligence (AI) software providing a full line of document recognition, conversion and data capture technologies and products. ABBYY's products include: FineReader OCR systems -- a family of end-user programs and development tools for recognition of printed text, tables and forms; FormReader -- an ICR program for recognition and processing of hand-printed forms; and FlexiCapture Studio -- a software tool that helps to extract data from semi-structured forms and documents. Companies that license ABBYY recognition technologies include Anoto (C-Technologies), Autonomy (Verity), Banctec, BenQ, EMC (Captiva, SWT, Documentum), EPSON, Freedom Scientific, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Kurzweil, Kofax (LCI, Neurascript), Microtek, NewSoft, Notable Solutions, Panasonic, ReadSoft, Samsung Electronics, Saperion, Siemens Nixdorf, Stellent, Sumitomo Electric Systems, and Toshiba. ABBYY's headquarters are in Moscow with offices in Ukraine (Kiev), the USA (Fremont, CA), the UK (Bishops Stortford, England), Germany (Munich) and Japan (Tokyo). For more information about ABBYY, please visit the company's website at

ABBYY, ABBYY Logo, FineReader, FormReader, FlexiCapture 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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