Sep 11, 2012 |

Press release:<br> Free of charge for all members: XING’s business card scanner — for simplified contact management

Hamburg / Munich, September 11, 2012 – XING is the first social network to offer its members one of the most popular business applications - a fully-automated business card scanner - free of charge. As of now, members can scan business cards using the XING Android app, and then add the contacts to their own XING network. This service, developed using ABBYY Cloud OCR, was created in close collaboration with ABBYY, one of the world's leading providers of document recognition technologies.

Users of the XING iPhone app will soon also be able to use this service. The text recognition software used in these applications makes it possible to scan the data in a matter of seconds.  To do this, the business card is first photographed. This photograph is then scanned in an automatic, anonymized process. If the scanner records any of the card data incorrectly, the user can simply edit this accordingly. After scanning the data, the member can link up with the other party on XING with a simple click, or can invite the contact to join XING. The app thus enables users to secure contact data quickly and easily.
Marc-Sven Kopka, press spokesman for XING AG: “With this new feature, XING redefines one of the oldest rituals of the business world to conform to modern times. And what is more, the feature is free of charge for all members.” ABBYY Europe GmbH
ABBYY Europe GmbH is a member of the ABBYY Group supporting sales and marketing activities in Western Europe. ABBYY is a leading provider of document recognition, data capture, and linguistic technologies and services. Its products include the ABBYY FineReader line of optical character recognition (OCR) applications, ABBYY FlexiCapture line of data capture solutions, ABBYY Lingvo dictionary software, and development tools. ABBYY offers Professional Services to help customers implementing business solutions based on ABBYY’s products. Paper-intensive organizations from all over the world use ABBYY solutions to automate time- and labour-consuming tasks and to streamline business processes. ABBYY products are used in large-scale government projects such as those of Australian Taxation Office, Lithuanian Tax Inspectorate, Ministry of Education of Russia, Ministry of Education of Ukraine, and Montgomery County Government of the USA. Companies that license ABBYY technologies include BancTec, Canon, EMC/Captiva, Hewlett-Packard, KnowledgeLake, Microsoft, NewSoft, Notable Solutions, Samsung Electronics and more. ABBYY OCR applications are shipped with equipment from the world’s top manufacturers such as Epson, Fujitsu, Fuji Xerox, Microtek, Panasonic, Plustek, Toshiba, and Xerox. ABBYY is headquartered in Moscow, Russia, with offices in Germany, the UK, the United States, Canada, Ukraine, Cyprus, Australia, Japan and Taiwan. For more information, visit

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About XING
XING is the social network for business professionals. More than 12 million members worldwide use XING to boost their business, job, and career. XING is a platform where professionals from all kinds of different industries can meet up, find jobs, colleagues, new assignments, cooperation partners, experts and generate business ideas. Members can meet and exchange views in over 50,000 specialist groups, while also getting together at networking events. The platform is operated by XING AG, which was founded in Hamburg, Germany, in 2003, has been publicly listed since 2006, and listed on the TecDAX since September 2011. In December 2010, XING acquired amiando AG, a Munich-based company and Europe’s leading provider of online event management and ticketing. Please visit for more information.

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