An intelligent and easy-to-use OCR (Optical Character Recognition) and PDF conversion software
An excellent time-saving solution, FineReader allows you to convert and edit a variety of paper and electronic files, including magazines, newspapers, books, faxes, copies, and PDF files.
Here are some key features of "ABBYY FineReader OCR Professional":
Recognition and Accuracy
ABBYY FineReader 9.0 delivers highest recognition accuracy and layout retention, even on difficult-to-read and low-quality images such as faxes and digital photographs. The program allows uses to convert scanned images, digital photos and PDFs into editable and searchable electronic documents with literally no retyping and reformatting. In the 9.0 version, the overall accuracy has been increased by as much as 35 percent*, especially on documents containing tables, legal documents, multilingual documents, and images from digital cameras.
ABBYY continues to lead in the OCR language support. With ABBYY FineReader, users can process documents in 179 languages including Armenian, Cyrillic, Greek, and Latin. FineReader also recognizes scripting languages and simple chemical formulas. The software includes dictionaries with spell-checking capabilities for 36 languages allowing verification of recognized text directly in the FineReader Editor.
FineReader cuts an additional step in the OCR process by automatically detecting the appropriate document recognition language.
FineReader allows users to manually draw text areas inside the graphics areas of document images. This feature is useful when users want to output documents that contain graphics, charts and screenshots into searchable PDFs. This way, FineReader uses the text zoning to create underlying text for search-ability.
FineReader 9.0 automatically identifies the specialized elements and formatting found typically in legal documents. For example, the program automatically locates and preserves signatures or company stamps in contracts and recognizes and reproduces line numbers in pleading documents.
When processing good quality images with simple layout, a user can use the Fast Mode Recognition option to increase recognition speed up to 2.5 times*.
FineReader's background filtering system employs dynamic threshold technology to automatically adjust contrast when converting grayscale and color document images to black and white prior to OCR recognition. This feature optimizes recognition even when processing low-contrast images and documents.
ABBYY FineReader is the only OCR application that reads vertical text. It recognizes text that is colored or inverted and retains those attributes in the output document.
ABBYY FineReader reads both 1-D and 2-D barcodes. It also offers the option to treat barcodes as images (default) or recognize a barcode and display its value. User can change the defoult setting to allow FineReader automatically analyze and recognize barcodes.
With its special mode for recognizing dot-matrix print and type-written documents, ABBYY FineReader is useful if a user need to convert legacy documents. The program allows you to specify document's "print type" and applies that type to the entire document, selected blocks, or table cells for best recognition result.
ABBYY FineReader enables users to create their own customized word list for processing industry specific texts or professional documents.
FineReader allows users to add words and create custom dictionaries. When adding new words, FineReader will prompt them to enter additional word forms that stem from the same root.
Key Technology Breakthrough: Adaptive Document Recognition Technology (ADRT)
ABBYY's ADRT, the newest Adaptive Document Recognition Technology, treats an entire document as a single entity, rather than the more error prone and time consuming method used by previous generations of OCR technology which process each page individually. With ADRT, ABBYY FineReader recognizes not just the text and basic layout, but the logical structure of a document across multiple pages producing an improvement in layout retention by up to 32 percent*. ABBYY's ADRT provides:
ADRT makes converting paper documents, images and PDF files to the Microsoft Word format more accurate than ever. The program, by intelligently "seeing" the document in its entirety, identifies various parts of document structure such as heading, body text, columns, tables, graphics, and page numbers. After the processing, documents contain accurately digitized text, while retaining the document's logical structure, layout and formatting.
With ADRT, ABBYY FineReader maintains even the most complex layouts, whether single or multi-column. By detecting document formatting elements and reconstructing them as native Microsoft Office formatting elements, the software provides truly editable documents with consistent text flow between pages and columns.
ADRT enables FineReader to re-create font styles of the original document. By analyzing the whole document with all its pages at once, FineReader gathers information about the font styles of the original document and then accurately re-creates them.
FineReader recognizes non-rectangular pictures and text flow around pictures, preserving the original document layout in Microsoft Word.
The software maintains even the most complex layouts, whether single or multi-column.
FineReader accurately recognizes and recreates true Word- or Excel-generated tables and spreadsheets including multi-page tables. As a result, tables created by FineReader are fully editable within Word or Excel.
Many magazine articles include tables that use icons or graphics in the header row/column. With ABBYY FineReader, converting these types of tables is easy - the program accurately preserves their original look.
With the new ADRT, FineReader recognizes and reconstructs bullets and numbered lists with original styles and logic (as native Microsoft Word elements).
Results-Driven Interface Less Clicks, Greater Efficiency
The FineReader's Results-Driven interface simplifies and shortens the recognition process and automatically highlights the best strategies for optimizing OCR results. The new interface reduces the number of mouse clicks needed for popular document conversion tasks by as much as 40 percent*. In FineReader 9.0, key functions are more easily accessible at the "top-level" with less need to search through detailed "drop down menus." Key functionality is grouped together in special dialog boxes to make it easier to perform key tasks.
ABBYY FineReader 9.0 interface comes with pre-programmed QuickTasks for the most common document processing routines such as "Scan to PDF", "Scan to Microsoft Word", or "Convert PDF/ Images to Microsoft Word". The FineReader's new QuickTasks window automatically appears once the program is launched. QuickTasks can also be launched directly from the Window's Start menu. Users can also create customized QuickTasks by using the Automation Manager.
FineReader seamlessly integrates with Microsoft Office applications. From Microsoft Word, Excel and Microsoft Outlook, users can easily open, process and import images directly into their applications.
From Windows Explorer, users can use the right mouse button to select images or PDF files to convert (and send results directly to application, or save as documents).
FineReader 9.0 offers intelligent and interactive tips to guide users toward improving results throughout the OCR process. Not only will FineReader identify areas in which accuracy can be enhanced, but it offers "actionable buttons" such as "re-scan" that lets users quickly take correction measures.
A newly enhanced Text Editor allows for easy review while the enhanced editing toolbar supports quick font and font style adjustments and adds additional editing capabilities Users can preview in real time and then choose from four output preferences (exact copy, editable copy, formatted text and plain text).
All image pre-processing functions, such as Rotate, Deskew, Crop, and Invert Image, can be quickly accessed from a single "Edit Image" window. Users can easily apply changes made to a single image page to all pages of a document with one click.
Ease-of-Use and Productivity
FineReader 9.0 automatically performs OCR as soon as the document is scanned in or opened (without the need for users to click "Read"). The default background processing allows users to start working on the first recognized pages while FineReader continues processing. (Power users have the option to turn this function off.)
Intelligent algorithms effectively divides document processing steps for parallel execution for 1.6 times* faster processing on systems with dual core processors such as Intel and AMD and 3.2 times* faster on systems using quad-core technology (based on internal ABBYY testing).
This simple utility captures screen shots and the text they contain. It allows users to conveniently and quickly pull text, tables, or images from Windows Explorer file menus, error messages, Web browser pages, or Flash presentations.
FineReader allows users to send recognition results directly to applications with one click of a button without having to save the files first including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat/Reader. FineReader also supports export to e-mail applications, Web browsers and Clipboard.
ABBYY FineReader 9.0 is certified for previous as well as latest versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system.
FineReader 9.0 supports new DOCX and XLSX saving formats using compression and based on the XML language for small file sizes and more secure documents that can be easily accessed by a variety of information systems.
FineReader 9.0 supports input of images in XPS (XML Paper Specification), a new format for archiving and storage purposes developed by Microsoft. Full list of the supported input and output formats is available here.
This shortcut enables users to quickly make minor changes using FineReader's text editor and print without having to first export the OCR results to another application.
Multi-lingual users can change FineReader's interface language on-the-fly.
Along with pre-defined QuickTasks, FineReader offers a special tool for creating your own custom automated tasks.
FineReader supports output to DBF and CSV.
ABBYY FineReader provides a tool for searching words or phrases in documents. Open a document in FineReader, launch the search function and get the required information without the need to first save the recognized document to an external application.
Digital Camera OCR
ABBYY FineReader 9.0 incorporates second-generation Digital Camera OCR technology. Not only does FineReader 9.0 automatically identify an image taken with a camera, but it applies necessary image pre-processing and recognition operations with a single step process:
The new FineReader interface offers a special option (QuickTask) to get quick and accurate results processing images captured by a digital camera.
The program also offers enhanced image processing for digital photo images including better line straightening, image distortion correction, and automatic resolution calculation and correction. FineReader detects the page curve in photographs of book or magazine pages and automatically straightens lines on the image to boost accuracy.
PDF Creation and Conversion
ABBYY FineReader converts scanned images and PDFs to searchble PDF files keeping the text information as a separate layer from the image (text under image) and making it available for search and retrieval purposes.
ABBYY FineReader 9.0 supports output to PDF/A, an archiving format recommended as a standard for long-term preservation of documents.
To protect valuable data, a user can set document Open and Permissions passwords and restrict printing, contents extraction, editing, adding comments or adding/removing pages. ABBYY FineReader supports various encryption levels including 128-bit encryption.
Tagged PDF are optimized for handheld and screen-reader devices. In this format, the text is automatically reformatted and "reflows" to the current screen size.
Making documents accessible for people with visual impairments, ABBYY FineReader allows creation of accessible PDF files.
All PDF documents created by FineReader are in linearized PDF format optimized for web publishing.
ABBYY FineReader can extract the following type of metadata: title, subject, author, and key words from PDF files. A user can edit this information in FineReader prior to saving or can change it later. This data can also be transferred to a similar location when outputting to DOC/DOCX, RTF, XLS/XLSX, HTML, and PDF formats.
ABBYY FineReader captures and re-creates internal links and hyperlinks in PDF files. Users can easily edit, remove the detected hyperlinks or create new ones directly in the FineReader text editor.
ABBYY FineReader makes it easy to perform minor editing of a PDF file. Just open it, make necessary changes directly in FineReader text editor and save back into any type of PDF format supported by FineReader.
Networking Features in Corporate Edition and Site License Edition
FineReader Corporate and Site License Editions allow administrators to remotely install the software from the server onto workstations using Active Directory, Microsoft Systems Management Server or the command line.
The utility for managing licenses in a network environment allows the administrator to monitor the use of
Businesses with multiple licenses and multiple workstations can share OCR processes allowing multiple users on a network to scan, recognize, and proofread the same batch of documents simultaneously - essentially creating an OCR production line.
Ideal for work groups sharing MFPs and digital copiers, ABBYY FineReader Corporate and Site License Editions allow administrators to connect the software with networked scanning devices using hot folders or command lines to automatically process incoming images.
FineReader offers fully automated batch processing of images for work groups using networked scanning devices like digital copiers or fax servers. The Hot Folder & Scheduling function allows users to designate a folder location on a local drive, network drive or FTP server to be monitored or "watched" by FineReader. FineReader will automatically process files background using the pre-defined settings. Users who need to process large volumes of documents during off hours can use the scheduler function to define the processing task and processing time. For example, a company may wish to schedule processing for large volumes of documents during after-office hours when the computer is not overloaded by other tasks.
FineReader Corporate and Site License Editions allow users to monitor input folders or schedule OCR processing with the new Mailbox Watching function. The program automatically recognizes attachments received by email, like those sent automatically by many multifunction printers (MFPs).
ABBYY FineReader Corporate Edition allows multiple users to simultaneously access the same set of user languages and dictionaries available on the network. In addition, Corporate Edition enables users to add words like names, acronyms, and industry lingo to shared dictionaries. The added words help expand the spell check capabilities and also increase the recognition quality, since FineReader uses the dictionaries during the OCR process.