ABBYY FineReader

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Developer(s) ABBYY
Initial release July 1993; 25 years ago (1993-07)
Stable release
14 / January 2017; 1 year ago (2017-01)
Operating system Windows, Mac OS, Linux
Type OCR
License Commercial proprietary software (Retail or volume licensing)

ABBYY FineReader is an optical character recognition (OCR) application developed by the Russian company ABBYY.

The program allows the conversion of image documents (photos, scans, PDF files) into editable electronic formats. In particular, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Rich Text Format, HTML, PDF/A, searchable PDF, CSV and txt (plain text) files. Starting with version 11 files can be saved in the djvu format. Version 14 supports recognition of text in 192 languages and has a built-in spell check for 48 of them. [1]

There are more than 20 million users of ABBYY FineReader worldwide.[2][3][4] Based on FineReader optical character recognition, ABBYY licenses the technology to several companies such as Fujitsu, Panasonic, Xerox, Samsung[5][6] and others.

Version 12 of the software has received an "Excellent" rating by PC Magazine.[7]


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