Raleigh, NC – March 20, 2018 – The TWAIN Working Group (TWG), a not-for-profit organization designed to provide and foster a universal public standard which links applications and image acquisition devices, today announced the addition of ABBYY as an Associate member of the TWAIN Working Group. ABBYY, a global provider of intelligent capture solutions to improve business outcomes has joined the Group to provide its technical expertise to the further development of the TWAIN Direct™ initiative, and provide ongoing support for the TWAIN standard.

TWAIN Direct is the first zero-footprint, mobile-ready version of TWAIN’s royalty-free open standard protocol. It expedites development of applications accessing scanners, without requiring vendor-specific drivers. TWAIN Direct supports direct network communication between desktop or mobile applications and scanning devices, and addresses the need for something simple and direct that speeds along application development and results in a feature-rich end user experience.

“TWAIN technology is widely adopted and has been a mainstay in this industry for quite some time,” stated Dean Tang, Executive Vice President of ABBYY Global Accounts. “We have watched the growth of the standard, and now, with the addition of the TWAIN Direct initiative, we have decided that becoming a member is the best way to further support the technology and have direct involvement in its development.”

Said Jon Harju, TWAIN Chair and CTO at Visioneer, Inc., “ABBYY is a very well-known software company in the document imaging industry with a broad product portfolio.  With their expertise in cloud infrastructure as a new TWAIN Working Group member and development contributor, I am confident the TWAIN Direct specification will be stronger than ever.  We are thrilled to add a company that has a solid software background, as this is a good complement to the balance of TWAIN Working Group member companies and their skill sets.”