Visit LEAD at AIIM Conference 2017


We’ll be back in Orlando next week for our next big spring event: AIIM Conference 2017. Below are the show details, hope to see you there!

March 13 – 16, 2017
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
Orlando, FL
Booth # 43

If you haven’t heard already, we’ve done a lot of work lately and released some major updates to LEADTOOLS Version 19. Here’s a summary of some of the most exciting and pertinent features for AIIM attendees:

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Visual Studio 2017 Launch Live Stream

Last week, we released a major update to LEADTOOLS Version 19, which included the added bonus of making LEADTOOLS fully compatible with Visual Studio 2017. Today’s the day; Visual Studio 2017 is here! As long-standing Visual Studio Partners, we are privileged to co-broadcast today’s live streaming event.

The event officially starts at 11AM EST/8AM PST. If you’re here early, bookmark this page and tune in later. Also, join in on the fun through social media with #MyVSStory and #VS2017.

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LEADTOOLS Special Offer in Honor of Visual Studio’s 20th Anniversary!

VS2017 March 7th

It’s quite the celebration with our Major LEADTOOLS V19 Release announcing new Document and Medical Features with Visual Studio 2017 compatibility. Additionally, Visual Studio is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a launch of VS2017! To honor these special events starting March 7th and for a limited time, we’re offering 15% off any LEADTOLS SDK. If interested, be sure to contact!

Also remember to tune in as we will be hosting a live stream of the Visual Studio 2017 launch right here on the LEADTOOLS Blog on March 7th at 11AM EST/8AM PST.

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LEADTOOLS Update Released for Document and Medical Features, plus Visual Studio 2017 Compatibility!

Today, we uploaded a new setup with some fantastic new features and improvements to LEADTOOLS Version 19. With a heavy focus on Document and Medical technologies, some of these features are unprecedented for the commercial SDK marketplace. Also, some speed improvements are approaching the 10x faster mark! Here are some of the major updates to pique your interest:

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PDF Encrypter

Continuing my adventure of “Going Paperless“, I needed an easy way to encrypt PDF files before I added them to Evernote. To do this, I used the LEADTOOLS PDFFile() class to add a user password to a file. I created a console application with code to register itself into the Windows Explorer shell. Now I can right click any PDF file and encrypt it with a password. The LEADTOOLS code to do this is very easy; it took me longer to figure out how to edit the registry to add the application to the Windows Explorer context menu then it did to use LEADTOOLS to add the password.

One call got it done:

new PDFFile( fileName, password ) {
   SecurityOptions = new PDFSecurityOptions {
      UserPassword = newPassword,
      EncryptionMode = PDFEncryptionMode.RC128Bit
   CompatibilityLevel = PDFCompatibilityLevel.PDF15
}.Convert( 1, -1, null );
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Repurpose Content with ASP.NET Layout Pages

I was recently tasked with updating all of our product descriptions on the MSDN Marketplace site. The requirements were to make sure that all of the product descriptions matched our website exactly and that all of the links included a query string parameter. Manually qualifying and tagging hundreds HREFs and SRCs every quarter is not my idea of a good time; I’d rather write code! Additionally, the MSDN site has some markup quirks that need to be handled consistently.

Manually qualifying and tagging hundreds HREFs and SRCs every quarter is not my idea of a good time…

Fortunately, our website is based on ASP.NET and uses layouts. This means that by changing the layout page and a little code, I was able to reuse the existing content, adjust for the MSDN quirks, and the task became an error-free copy-paste job.

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Faster OCR for Apple and Android – Plus Some Exciting Platform-Specific Updates

The LEADTOOLS Imaging SDK for iOS, macOS, and Android had a significant update recently! Across the board, the OCR engine has been made 3-6x faster and the demo UI was given a significant redesign. In addition, each platform has its own set of platform-specific updates.


  • Barcode demo code was rewritten, resulting in a much faster implementation
  • Added support for android.hardware.camera2, which means live capture support for all modern devices


  • ALL libraries are now dynamic
  • Updated interface for better Swift compatibility

If you want to try the latest version, you can download from here. Additionally, we have various sample applications on the App Store and Google Play available as well.

Finally, if you have any questions or would like a consult on your project, feel free to leave a comment here or contact support.

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