July 11, 2011 07:00 ET

LULU SOFTWARE™ Integrates ABBYY's Character Recognition Solution

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 11, 2011) - Lulu Software, the publisher of Soda PDF™, a portable document format (PDF) editing and creation application, today announced the integration of ABBYY's FineReader® Engine Software Development Kit (SDK) into the Soda PDF application. The SDK provides ABBYY's industry leading optical character recognition (OCR) capabilities to Lulu's Soda PDF family of products, enabling the applications to recognize fonts and characters in a scanned document, and users to edit content more easily. "Smartphones and tablets are changing the way people work, making it critical that they have access to the same tools while in the office or on the go," said Joe Budelli, senior vice president sales of ABBYY USA. "ABBYY's FineReader Engine allows developers to integrate best-in-class OCR capabilities into their solutions, providing a solid base for simplifying the way organizations work with content on their mobile devices and allowing for processes to be initiated from anywhere. By working with LuLu Software we are helping to simplify how users work with PDFs from their mobile devices."

ABBYY's FineReader Engine is now integrated with the Lulu Soda PDF applications and is available to users in the most recent update. The solution allows users of Soda PDF to automatically recognize all the text contained in a multi-page document with a single click. Once recognized, Soda PDF Professional makes the document fully editable, exportable into Microsoft® Word format, and allows the document to be secured via a 256-bit password or annotated.

"We wanted to integrate a solution that was the most effective, and as user-friendly as possible, so that it matched our vision as well as our product," said Fabien Fayard, Product Development Lead at Lulu Software. "We looked at most of the existing solutions on the market, and quickly our attention was focused on ABBYY FineReader Engine, which certainly provides the most reliable character recognition available."

Soda PDF Professionnal + OCR is available as of today, for $99.95 at


Founded in 2010, LULU SOFTWARE is a company creating software that is simple and intuitive.

There are now three products in the Soda PDF family:

  • Soda PDF Standard

  • Soda PDF Professionnal

  • Soda PDF Professionnal + OCR

Since its inception, LULU SOFTWARE has hired over 35 employees in various positions such as sales, marketing, web design and integration. The company also has research and development offices offshore and deals with a specialized call center that is able to support clients from around the world, 7 days a week in 5 languages.

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