Charlotte, NC (January 30, 2018) - LEAD Technologies is very pleased to announce the release of 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.

"One of our biggest goals for LEADTOOLS Version 20 was to make LEADTOOLS available on every major platform," stated Moe Daher, Chairman and CEO of LEAD Technologies. "With libraries for .NET Standard, we have added incredible value for developers wishing to leverage our extensive imaging technology on a variety of platforms and app models including .NET Framework, .NET Core, and Visual Studio Tools for Xamarin."

LEADTOOLS Libraries Leveraging .NET Standard for .NET Framework, .NET Core, and Xamarin

LEADTOOLS proudly offers the broadest and most comprehensive collection of imaging development technology in the market, and adding new development platforms will allow LEAD's technology footprint to continue to grow in the developer community. In Version 20, developers can write a unified code base and simultaneously target multiple platforms and devices falling under the ever-broadening .NET Standard umbrella. LEADTOOLS now provides a common set of libraries for building .NET Framework (WPF, Windows Forms, ASP.NET), .NET Core (UWP, ASP.NET Core), and Xamarin/Mono (iOS, macOS, Android, UWP) applications.

"The .NET platform makes cross-platform app development easier than ever before," said Shawn Nandi, Senior Director, Cloud Application Development, Data and AI Product Marketing, Microsoft Corp. "Now that LEADTOOLS leverages the .NET Standard libraries, it's a great example of how the ecosystem of offerings based on .NET can help developers accelerate their projects no matter which platform they are building on. LEAD's technology enriches the .NET ecosystem with an extensive imaging and recognition feature set for developers to build with."

These exciting additions to the LEADTOOLS toolkits and APIs bring the best of LEADTOOLS to popular development tools from Microsoft. In addition to core imaging technology like 165+ formats, image viewers, and image processing, developers targeting these platforms can integrate advanced document and medical functionality including OCR, Barcode, Forms Recognition, PDF, Document Conversion, DICOM Data Set, and DICOM Communication.

Azure Services

LEADTOOLS Version 20 includes new libraries to effortlessly create imaging and recognition cloud services that you can consume from your application. These services can easily be deployed to the most popular cloud hosting providers, such as Microsoft Azure. Developers can easily add OCR, Barcode, Passport, Driver's License, and Check recognition, as well as convert over 150 imaging and document file formats to their cloud-based services.

Document Imaging

Recognition technologies always play a huge part in the LEADTOOLS Document Imaging product lines. Version 20 now includes support for CMC-7 MICR font, three.js file format, STL file format, and new high-level functions for reading barcodes on state-issued ID cards. OCR, Forms Recognition, PDF, and Document Conversion technologies gained many speed and memory consumption improvements, in addition to improved accuracy and output file formatting. The Document Web Viewer has been improved with UI enhancements and additional options for loading files.

Medical Imaging

LEADTOOLS Version 20 expands its support for the DICOM Hanging Protocol specifications and now includes linked CINE series, irregular layouts, and improved loading times. Additionally, the Medical Web Viewer includes UI updates along with new options for communicating with 3rd-party sources via WADO and DICOMweb.

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About LEAD Technologies

With a rich history of more than 34 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