ABBYY FineReader Professional is a powerful program that lets you convert your scanned documents and image files into Word, PDF, or other formats. Scan items directly, or use files you already have saved on your computer, and once the program has done its work, you'll be able to search and edit them with ease.
Excellent interface: This app features a smooth and streamlined interface that makes its features accessible to users of all experience levels. Large buttons denote the various actions you can carry out, including Scan to Word, Scan to PDF, Image to PDF, and Quick Open, among others. The program walks you through the process of initiating the scan, adding pages, and completing the process nicely, and once the recognition phase is completed, your new document will open automatically.
Selection options: In addition to Word and PDF output options, you can also select from several other useful formats. Scan to ePUB, and Scan to HTML are options listed under the More tab, and you can also choose to save scans as images and then convert them later to either Word or PDF.
Complicated installation: The installation process for this app was long and a bit confusing. There were multiple steps, and instructions weren't always clear about what to do next. There was a Help manual, which explained things clearly, but it didn't seem like it should be necessary to consult the Help document just to open the app. Installation also took nearly 15 minutes to complete.
Frequent mistakes: Even in a very basic page of a document, there were still several errors, most of them involving letters being substituted for numbers. These seemed to happen when the font was slightly different in certain areas, and although some errors are understandable and expected, it doesn't bode well for the results of this recognition technology working on more complex documents.
ABBYY FineReader Professional provides a valuable service, especially if you often have to work with scanned documents. It will always require you to go back and edit the documents it produces, but depending on the types of documents you're working with, these edits may not be extensive. The free trial is good for 30 days or 100 pages, whichever comes first, and it only allows you to save three pages at a time. The full version costs $169.99.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of ABBYY FineReader Professional 12.
From ABBYY USA Software House:
The latest version of an award-winning ABBYY FineReader OCR software creates editable, searchable, files and e-books from scans, PDFs and digital photographs in 190 languages. Even higher accuracy delivers unmatched recognition, conversion and layout retention, eliminating retyping or reformatting. Advanced background processing and rapid image loading combined with one-click automation help you get more done, much faster.
Version: ABBYY FineReader Professional Edition 10.0
Able to read columns. Able to read tables.
Has a hard time distinguishing text from pictures. Not good at recognizing font type or size. Inability to learn its repeat errors. Inability to save multiple pages of a document. Can only save one page at a time.
This product sucks! It is barley a step above some of the free OCR software out there. I wouldn't pay any amount of money for this. I spent many hours correcting its page analysis with errors on every page it analyzed. Upon saving the recognized documents which were still full of text errors the software would only allow 1 page to be saved at a time and kept trying to overwrite previously saved pages. I wouldn't recommend this software to anybody, especially not a business professional.
1 page at a time is trial version property. I had used older versions and were very succesfull for clear pictures. Correction method is very useful with seeing original and scanned at the same time besides auto focusing.
"Best product with excellent accuracy and interface"
July 21, 2010
Version: ABBYY FineReader Professional Edition 10.0
* Great accuracy. The result is almost 100% correct, even my documents often contain English, Spanish and Chinese.
* Good layout retention. Works nicely on tables, even vertical ones.
* Easy-to-use UI. The best from all the software I tested.
A little pricy but thinking about all the effort you will save, it might be still a good investment.
My daily work requires processing a lot of scanned documents and PDFs. Most of the documents are English but some have more languages. FineReader is the first OCR I found with no problem to process these multilingual documents. (Some OCR can process bilingual, like English + Chinese, but have troubles to read more than 2 languages English + Chinese + Spanish, for example.)
The software works extremely well on tables. It is really easy for me to export the table data to a spreadsheet and without to spend hours of my time edit them? I meant tons of tables with data!
The best part of Fine Reader is its interface. A lot of OCR I had been used in the past have very complicated interface and settings. I consider myself is a pro and still need ?warm-up? time. When I first tried Fine Reader, I was very impressed how automatically it designed. Very user friendly product.