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Paragon Software Group

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Paragon Technologie GmbH
Company typePrivately held corporation
IndustryComputer software and Embedded systems
Founded1994; 30 years ago (1994)
HeadquartersFreiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Key people
Konstantin Komarov, Founder & CEO
  • Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Windows
  • Microsoft NTFS for Mac by Paragon Software
  • File System Link Suite
  • Protect & Restore
Number of employees

Paragon Software Group is a German software company that develops hard drive management software, low-level file system drivers and storage technologies. The Smart Handheld Device Division (SHDD) offers multilingual dictionaries, multilingual handwriting recognition, weather information, and two-way data synchronization with desktop devices.


The company is headquartered in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, with offices in the US, China, Japan, Poland, and Russia.

The company was established in 1994[2] by a group of Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) students, including founder/CEO Konstantin Komarov. A separate mobile division, called the Mobility Division, was formed in 1995. The German office opened in 1998, the Swiss office in 2000.


In 2004, the company started working with Fujitsu-Siemens on its handheld PCs Russian localization.[3] Next year, the company expanded the product line of office and gaming applications for Symbian OS and received the "Developer of the Year" award in the Handango Champion Awards 2005.[4]

In 2011, PCMag recognized the company's flagship Paragon Hard Disk Manager as the best hard drive management program. Paragon Software Group also won Global Telecoms Business Innovation Award 2011 for their mobile product.[5]


Paragon Software Group is serving two markets:

  1. Data security and storage management – disaster recovery and server optimization.
  2. Software for smartphones – multilingual on-line handwriting recognition, localization, business and productivity applications, games, 120 multilingual dictionaries, and encyclopedias.

Data security and storage management[edit]

  • Paragon Hard Disk Manager, including a tool named Partition Manager for resizing partitions.[6][7]
  • Paragon File System Link (proprietary).[8][9][10]
  • File system drivers, including Paragon NTFS for Mac and APFS for Windows.[11][12][13]

Software for smartphones[edit]


Slovoed[14] is a dictionary and phrasebook app available for more than 37 world languages.[15][16]

It incorporates more than 350 electronic dictionaries,[17] encyclopedias and phrase books developed in conjunction with Duden, Langenscheidt, Oxford UP, PONS/Klett, Le Robert, VOX, and other publishing houses.


PenReader is a real-time handwriting recognition technology for touchscreens with support for 17 languages. The technology is used in a number of prominent iOS and Android applications, such as Evernote, Handwriting Dato and Handwrite Note Free, MyScript Calculator. A 2016 MacWorld review of PenReader was headlined "Disappointing" and added "When it comes to handwriting recognition, PenReader isn't particularly accurate, intuitive, or easy to use."[16]

Distribution channels[edit]

Paragon distributes online through the company website, a network of value-added resellers, distributors and OEMs.

The global partnerships of Paragon Software Group include ASUS, Avast, Belkin, D-Link, HP, Intel, Microsoft, Netgear, Nvidia, Realtek, Seagate, Siemens, Technicolor, Telechips, Western Digital, Wyplay.[18]

See also[edit]

  • PTS/DOS (PTS=PhysTechSoft; the "P" is also a hint to Paragon)


  1. ^ "Paragon Software | Über uns".
  2. ^ "Paragon Hard Disk Manager". Disk Imaging Review. 2016.
  3. ^ "Paragon локализует все КПК Fujitsu Siemens для России". CNews.ru. Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  4. ^ "Two applications by Paragon Software Group became the finalists at Handango Champion Awards 2006 - IntoMobile". IntoMobile. 2006-08-08. Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  5. ^ Blog / Paragon Software Group / Mobility. "Paragon Software Group and Mobile TeleSystems Win Global Telecoms Business Innovation Award 2011 – Award-winning software for a diverse class of smartphones and desktop PCs". blog.penreader.com. Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  6. ^ Edward Mendelson (2015-01-06). "Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Professional Review". PC Magazine.
  7. ^ J. D. Biersdorfer (2006-10-10). "Rearranging Rooms on the Hard Drive". The New York Times.
  8. ^ "Microsoft Authorizes Industry Leader Paragon Software Group to Provide a Licensed One-Stop exFAT Technology for Implementation into OEM Devices". 2019-02-21.
  9. ^ "Paragon File System Link". formerly, UFSD - Universal File System Drivers
  10. ^ In 2017, the company joined Renesas R-Car Consortium to support automotive chipmakers in delivering next-generation data storage for future vehicles. By embedding Paragon File System Link into automotive infotainment systems, OEMs will enable car owners to connect USB devices, SD Cards, digital assistants, or other external storage media directly to IVI systems, so that users can access audio and video recordings, regardless of the file format. These technologies are also used in routers and gateways, smart TVs and STBs, smartphones, cameras, NAS devices, and more.
  11. ^ "Paragon NTFS for Mac Mojave Edition review: Ready to embrace the dark side". Macworld. Retrieved 2022-04-18.
  12. ^ Vigo, Jesus (2018-07-02). "APFS for Windows enables cross-platform compatibility". TechRepublic. Retrieved 2022-04-18.
  13. ^ Cipriani, Jason. "So you're setting up an external hard drive. Formatting facts for Windows and Mac". CNET. Retrieved 2022-04-18.
  14. ^ "Paragon Software releases 'talking' dictionaires for OS X". NetworkWorld. 2009-01-08.
  15. ^ 38 as of 2016 MacWorld's PenReader review; $1/language, or $10 for all
  16. ^ a b J. R. Bookwalter (2006-02-17). "PenReader review: Disappointing handwriting recognition keyboard for iOS". MacWorld. Remember Apple's ill-fated Newton, the first personal digital assistant
  17. ^ "Amazon.ca Best Sellers". Slovoed Deluxe English-Russian dictionary
  18. ^ "PARAGON Software Group - Welcome to the Press Room!". www.paragon-software.com. Retrieved 2018-07-02.