ABBYY FineReader 12 is yet another excellent OCR solution from the Moscow based software giants. Such is ABBYY’s mastery in the OCR products that it swept four major awards in the category last season. And, FineReader 12 with excellent document recognition and conversion accuracy is a perfect example of ABBYY’s quality products.
For uninitiated, OCR (optical character recognition) is the technology that allows software to convert scanned paper documents, PDF files or digital images into edit and search worthy documents. It allows users to eliminate the time consuming and tedious process of manual typing and reformation of the un-editable documents.
ABBYY FineReader features unmatched document recognition, conversion and layout retention. It can accurately recognize pdfs, scanned documents and digital images in 190 languages. The accuracy has been vastly improved in this updated version – with up to 99.8% recognition accuracy. This improvement is significant for Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. The spellcheck feature and language support further enhances the accuracy and the efficiency of the software.
Another update in this version that has been widely praised is that user can work on earlier pages of the document, while the later pages are read by the program. This change enables user to delete unwanted pages, add or remove texts and/or extract quotations in middle of conversion or recognition process. The software also has advanced background processing and rapid image loading feature which makes the process even faster.
ABBYY FineReader has smooth and intuitive interface that is easy to use and assists user in getting maximum output. The developers have followed the trend of opting Windows 8 style interface for the high powered apps. The commonly used options such as Quick open, Scan to Word, Scan to PDF and Image to PDF are represented by large buttons. The dialogue boxes, however, retain the design which was used in earlier versions of the software.
It also has excellent format retention options using which you can retain page numbers, headers and footers, line breaks and hyphenation, page breaks, pictures, text and background colors. The chart and graph retention has also been improved by 30%.
FineReader also gives user large number of output options, ranging from traditional Word and pdf to modern formats such as Excel, PowerPoint, html, CSS and ePub. The word documents can be saved in four different layouts – exact copy, editable copy, formatted text, plain text.
Some other great features of reader are spellcheck which helps in resolving recognition as well as typo errors, language support guide for smooth conversion and image editor which helps in increasing contrast, straightening lines andconverting 80-year-old white-on-black photostats into scannable black-on-white images.
However, there are some drawbacks which ABBYY should address to further improve FineReader. First, is that occasionally the processing speed of the program tends to be on the slower side. Especially, when you have to scan and covert large number of documents, the software proves to be unsuitable option. Another problem is that the installation system is bit complex and long. It takes around 15 minutes and some steps are confusing.
Overall, ABBYY FineReader is a perfect OCR solution. And, with unmatched recognition accuracy and efficient format conversion capability is another great product from the assembly line of the award winning software giant.