Abbyy OCR Pushes Paper Proficiently

At a Glance
  • Global Marketing Partners ABBYY FineReader 8.0 Professional Edition by Micro 3

Converting paper documents into digital ones is easy thanks to Abbyy FineReader 8.0 Professional Version's straightforward wizard.
Converting paper documents into digital ones is easy thanks to Abbyy FineReader 8.0 Professional Version's straightforward wizard.
If you're looking for a fast, reliable optical character recognition application that can convert a range of paper documents into editable and searchable text, Abbyy's $400 FineReader 8.0 Professional Edition won't let you down.

The shipping version of FineReader 8.0 Pro I tested converted a variety of scanned documents--including complex layouts with graphics--with high accuracy. In several tests it read both serif and sans serif fonts as small as 8 points, without error.

Like previous editions, FineReader 8.0 Pro is adept at retaining the layout and formatting of the original document.

Version 8.0 Pro also introduces several impressive new features. I used one of these, the Automation Manager and Automation Wizard, to set up a series of OCR steps that I could then activate repeatedly, with a single click, to process similar document batches. I applied the new 'Straighten text line' option to correct distorted text in a digital camera photo of a library reference volume, and I used the handy new Screenshot Reader utility to capture images and convert the text (such as error messages and other Windows dialog boxes) displayed within them into editable text.

At $400 this is not an inexpensive application, but most paper-pushing businesses will find that the productivity benefits justify the investment.

Abbyy USA FineReader 8.0 Professional Edition

PCW Rating

This production-oriented OCR tool is versatile, easy to use, and highly accurate.
Price when reviewed: $180
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At a Glance
  • Global Marketing Partners ABBYY FineReader 8.0 Professional Edition by Micro 3

  
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