ABBYY FineReader Reviews

The best OCR software out there!

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I've tried a wide range of OCR packages over the years in different contexts but Abbyy FineReader Pro (currently version 12) remains my favourite. The critical features of OCR software are accuracy, speed/workflow and ease of use. One may add to that the ability to export the recognised data in variety of formats, with different amounts of information (e.g. text only, text with font and alignment information, full layout). For some people (such as myself), the ability to recognise other writing systems is also important.

On all those fronts, Abbyy FineReader is at least a contender for top position. The other possible is Nuance OmniPage which is also very good, but in my opinion FineReader beats it in a number of importrant areas:

  • Accuracy: in my experience (and these things do boil down to individual experience since people scan different documents), FineReader is more accurate. Not only is it a little more accurate in general, but its accuracy can be enhanced by training, the use of special character sets etc.
  • Support for other languages: I've scanned in FineReader in various European languages as well as in Hebrew and Yiddish. It does not specifically support Yiddish, but it's possible to add the few additional characters to the set and scan them. Abbyy is a Russian company, so I'm sure their support for Cyrillic-based writing is, if anything, even better, and other writing systems from the former Soviet Union are also supported (er. Armenian, Georgian).
  • Layout recognition: admittedly, I've not used the most recent versions of OmniPage, but last time I did a comparison, Abbyy's software was superior, and to this date it's layout recognition is excellent.
  • Ease of use and workflow: It's difficult to judge this one, but FineReader is very logical, and generally guides you through the task. It's also possible to save templates of various parts of the OCR process (training information, character sets, dictionaries, layouts etc) and invoke them as needed, so it definitely gets the thumbs up from me.
  • Price: There are a few versions of the software. The light version "Sprint" is bundled with some scanners, and is not bad at all for an effectively-free product. The "Pro" version which I use is usually listed at around £100 (~$130) but I've always been able to wait and buy it for £50-65. At this price, it's considerably cheaper than OmniPage. True the cost is significant, but if the free alternatives fall short on accuracy, language support or any of the other features, this is probably the most cost effective solution, and better than the competition at any price!

Great App

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This is best app for character reading.


Really good

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I tried several ocr softwares for my company. The best one quality\price is finereader. For several users is better to use finereader corporate as it has automatic ocr recognition mode - . Another think, i preffer the 11 version of it.


The best Arabic OCR

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I think, ABBYY FineReader is one of the best OCR softwares, especially with Arabic. The feature I really like is retention of the original layout. As far as I know now there are some special offers, so it is very affordable. You can find it here:
Really recomended software.


I find a free online ocr , it can convert image to text in high accuracy, and using tesseract ocr engine.

ABBYY FineReader: a good commercial OCR-tool for pdf-files

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ABBYY FineReader is one of my two favorite OCR-tools for converting not text-searchable pdf-files in text-searchable pdf-files.
Until April 2011 I have not found a free application able to convert not text-searchable pdf-files in text-searchable pdf-files.
Because I need this function nearly every day, ABBYY FineReader has with about 38 € for the penultimate version ( Version 9 prof.) a very good value for money, if I need the scanning-function+OCR-function.

It is not necessary to buy the expensive newest version of ABBYY Finereader, which costs more than €100.

The PRO-Version of PDF XChange Viewer is another excellent tool for converting not text-searchable pdf-files in text-searchable pdf-files. But it also is not free, the price is 29 €:

I like very much, that i can use the PRO-Version of PDF XChange Viewer as a portable version in difference to ABBYY FineReader, which must be installed with admin rights.


ABBYY FineReader no longer provides a free version. It costs about €100.

ABBYY FineReader is a great tool. it combines intelligent document analysis with higher speed, better recognition, and support for more file formats to give you the smartest and most versatile way to turn scans and PDFs into editable and searchable documents. Besides, ABBYY FineReader 11 supports arabic recognition!

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Very accurate text recognition, easy to use