ABBYY FineReader Review


ABBYY FineReader

ABBYY FineReader is a well known OCR software that makes readable PDFs, electronically generated documents and images, thanks to excellent text recognition accuracy and conversion capabilities in replicating them. The program can convert all images from your scanner as well as pictures taken with a tablet or a mobile phone, and recognizes documents with multiple pages performing OCR in batches. The software eliminates retyping and reformatting of documents thanks to intelligent algorithms that convert images into editable text, preserving the original layout. ABBYY FineReader supports more languages than any OCR competitor: up to 190 languages.

You can choose from two ABBYY FineReader editions, based on the size of your business: professional, designed for desktop installation, and corporate, designed to be installed on a server. Both versions can convert flyers, brochures, numbers, tables, scanned digital image-only PDFs, paper documents, or text digital images into Microsoft Word, Excel documents or searchable PDFs. The text can be quoted or reused when you need it.

Furthermore, ABBYY FineReader recognizes colored, vertical or inverted text, barcodes and maintains bullet points and numbered lists. ABBYY FineReader’s OCR intelligent algorithms assure highest levels of accuracy and functionality: results are impressive.

Although the software is easy to download and install, the user interface is not that intuitive. The offered knowledge base is impressive: you’ll find online manuals, video tutorials, and an FAQ page. If you need it, customer phone and email support are also available.

A free 30-days demo is available, and then you can purchase an ABBYY FineReader Professional license at 144$ or a Corporate license starting from 999$.


ABBYY FineReader is expensive, but it’s one of the best OCR solutions among competitors. You may first find difficult to understand the different module functions, but you’ll soon figure out how to use them.

Usability: 8 /10 Speed: 8.5 /10 Features: 9.5 /10 Support: 8.5 /10 Pricing: 7 /10

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