LEAD Technologies is very pleased to introduce LEADTOOLS Version 20. This new major version extends LEAD's imaging technology into new and rapidly growing development markets with new libraries leveraging .NET Standard for targeting .NET Framework, .NET Core and Visual Studio Tools for Xamarin app models, as well as Microsoft Azure services. In addition, the existing technologies within LEAD's document, medical, and multimedia product lines received new features and speed improvements.

New Development Platforms

New Platforms

Developers can now write a unified code base and simultaneously target even more platforms and devices falling under the ever-broadening .NET Standard umbrella. Click here to see a comparison chart of all the platforms LEADTOOLS supports.

  • .NET Framework - Windows
  • .NET Standard
    • .NET Core - Windows, Linux, and macOS
    • Xamarin - iOS, Android, and UWP
    • UWP (Universal Windows Platform)

Azure Services

LEADTOOLS Version 20 includes new libraries to effortlessly create imaging and recognition cloud services that you can consume from your application. For more information, visit the Cloud Services page.

What's new in the LEADTOOLS Document Engine

Recognition Engines

  • Speed and accuracy improvements to LEAD OCR Engine (formerly Advantage Engine)
  • CMC-7 MICR Font
  • Added North American Driver's License Barcode Decoder and Encoder to Barcode Engine (AAMVA specification)
  • Answer Area and OMR Date fields for high-level OMR Forms Recognition

Document Viewer (HTML5/JavaScript)

  • Improved speed and accuracy for internal SVG Engine
  • Printing with DPI
  • Printing Visible Area/Screenshot

Document Formats

  • Added full support for charts and shapes to all Office formats
  • Reduced PDF output file size
  • Optimized loading speed for multi-page Word DOC/DOCX files
  • Improved matching of original document when writing text with a dark/light background
  • Added 3JS (three.js) and STL format support

New Image Processing Functions

  • Detect Document
  • Detect Business Card

Additional updates to the Document Engine

  • Redesigned the WPF ImageViewer to include multiple items, SVG rendering, and User-defined XAML Content
  • Load EMF and EMF+ files as SVG
  • Freehand Annotation Selection Tool
  • Speed improvements to Median filter
  • Speed optimizations of 30% for loading document and vector files formats

Click here for more information on all features within the LEADTOOLS Document Imaging Engine.

What's new in the LEADTOOLS Medical Engine

Medical Web Viewer

  • WADO and DICOMWeb support
  • Template Editor enhancements to simplify copying and changing existing templates
  • Choose between new ASP.NET Web API services or existing WCF Services
  • Specify the instance to be displayed when using an External Controller
  • Improved scrolling speed
  • Added a new overlay option that covers the entire series
  • SVG waveform rendering
  • Customizable magnify glass that can zoom in or out with the mouse wheel

Hanging Protocols

  • Linked CINE
  • Enhanced loading times
  • Support for irregular layouts

Additional updates to the Medical Engine

  • Added DICOM Support for iOS/macOS
  • Enhancements to high-level C-FIND and C-GET methods
  • Modality Worklist Find enhancements
  • Patient Updater enhancements
  • DICOM Communication enhancements to enable/disable group lengths with standard data elements
  • New diagnostic tools and improved logging for DICOM Storage Server
  • Enhanced DICOM support for character sets
  • Increased speed for creating, loading, and saving DICOMDIR

Click here for more information on all features within the LEADTOOLS Medical Imaging Engine.

What's new in the LEADTOOLS Imaging Engine

New Image Processing Functions

  • Wiener Filter
  • Edge Enhancement

Additional updates to the Imaging Engine

  • Background color detection in document images
  • Image Stitching and scrolling for image viewers
  • D2D Drawing surface for WPF controls
  • Mouse Wheel Zoom support for Magnifying Glass

Click here for more information on all features within the LEADTOOLS Imaging Engine.

Changes to the LEADTOOLS Product Line

In Version 20, the OCR engines and respective add-ons were renamed.

LEAD Engine (previously Advantage Engine)

OmniPage Engine (previously Professional Engine)

If you have any questions about the new product line or are upgrading from a previous LEADTOOLS version, please contact sales@leadtools.com