We began development of camera-based OCR technology in 1998.
At that time, our primary business was to provide software development services to European consumer electronics companies.
To help further our business, we opened a new development center in Ukraine in 2004 and we employed the top graduates from Ukraine's leading engineering university.
These new software engineers partnered with their more experienced American counter-parts to create software development teams that had a very high level of productivity and cost-effectiveness.
When not employed on particular projects, TopSoft's engineers worked on an internal project called "TopOCR".
This was one of the first OCR applications that supported digital cameras.
It was released in 2005 as a shareware application and by the time it was discontinued in 2010 it was downloaded millions of times.
During that time period, TopOCR had numerous releases with enhanced features and benefited from extensive user feedback.
In 2007, our American partners returned to the USA while we continued to jointly develop this software technology both in the USA and Ukraine. We began releasing new versions of TopOCR in 2012 that were focused on a new type of document scanning device called a "Document Camera". Unfortunately, in 2014 due to the Russian annexation of Crimea, we were forced to disband our development center there. Since then our software development has been located exclusively in the USA.