Charlotte, NC (November 1, 2012) – LEAD Technologies is pleased to announce that two of its SDKs, LEADTOOLS Imaging Pro and LEADTOOLS Document Imaging Suite, are recipients of Visual Studio Magazine's 2012 Readers Choice Awards. These awards, chosen by Visual Studio Magazine's readers, honor the best Visual Studio-related tools in 28 categories.

LEAD was awarded the Readers Choice Award in the Imaging, Image Processing and Drawing Tools category for LEADTOOLS Imaging Pro SDK for the fifth straight year. LEADTOOLS Imaging Pro includes the tools developers need to add powerful imaging technology to applications. With more than 20 years of imaging development expertise, LEADTOOLS Imaging Pro includes display functions and controls, image compression, image processing, TWAIN and WIA scanning, color conversion, 200+ display effects, 165+ image formats, printing, database imaging, imaging common dialogs and screen capture.

LEADTOOLS Document Imaging Suite was also a repeat winner, receiving honors in the Text, OCR, Scanning and Barcode Components category. The LEADTOOLS Document Imaging Suite SDK is a handpicked collection of LEADTOOLS SDK features designed to build end-to-end document imaging applications within enterprise level document automation solutions that requires capture, OCR, OMR, forms recognition and processing, PDF, archival, annotation and display functionality. This powerful set of tools utilizes LEAD's industry-LEADing image processing technology to intelligently identify document features that can be used to recognize any type of scanned or faxed form image.

"The Visual Studio Magazine Readers Choice Awards is a showcase for the cream of the crop in developer tooling," said VSM Editor in Chief Keith Ward. "And as the market evolves into new areas like mobile computing, visualization and cloud computing, the tools need to keep pace. We've seen through this year's awards that they're doing just that. The VSM Readers Choice Award winners are at the forefront of this new wave of application development, and they make the products everyday developers want and need."

LEAD Technologies exemplified Ward's description of tools that keep pace with evolving technologies. LEADTOOLS has been enhanced with many new technologies in 2012 including HTML5, WinRT, and its best Advantage OCR engine to date. This is yet another significant achievement for LEAD, who is continually looking and driving forward. There are still more plans on the horizon with iOS, Android and version 18 to close out an incredibly strong and record-breaking 2012.

About LEAD Technologies

With a rich history of more than 33 years, LEAD has established itself as the world's leading provider of software development toolkits. LEAD's flagship product, LEADTOOLS, provides programmers with a powerful set of libraries for Recognition, Document, Vector, Medical, Imaging, and Multimedia development. LEAD boasts a diverse customer base as well as a strong list of corporate partners including some of the largest and most influential organizations from around the globe. For more information, visit

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