ABBYY FineReader

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FineReader PDF
Initial releaseJuly 1993; 29 years ago (1993-07)
Stable release[1] / 10 November 2022; 2 months ago (2022-11-10)
Operating systemWindows, macOS, Linux
LicenseCommercial proprietary software (Retail or volume licensing) Edit this at Wikidata

ABBYY FineReader PDF is an optical character recognition (OCR) application developed by ABBYY,[2][3] with support for PDF file editing since v15. The program runs under Microsoft Windows 7 or later, and (without PDF editing) Apple macOS 10.12 Sierra or later. The first version was released in 1993.[2]

The program allows the conversion of image documents (photos, scans, PDF files) and screen captures into editable file formats, including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Rich Text Format, HTML, PDF/A, searchable PDF, CSV and txt (plain text) files.[4] From version 11 files can be saved in the DjVu format. Version 15 supports recognition of text in 192 languages and has a built-in spell check for 48 of them.

FineReader recognizes new characters by: training characters so that they are added to the recognition alphabet; selecting additional characters from a list and adding them to the alphabet of a selected language (for example, adding certain Icelandic characters to a German alphabet for a German text describing Iceland); and adding domain-specific vocabulary to the FineReader’s built-in lexicon.[5] The program also allows users to compare documents, add annotations and comments, and schedule batch processing.[6][7]

As of 2015, there were more than 20 million users of ABBYY FineReader worldwide.[8][2][9] Based on FineReader optical character recognition, ABBYY licenses the technology to companies including Fujitsu, Panasonic, Xerox, Plustek and Samsung.[10][11]

In February 2020, version 15 of the software was rated "Highest-quality OCR on the market" by PC Magazine.[12]


ABBYY was founded in 1989 and began using its current name in 1997.[9][13][14] It is a digital intelligence company[15][16] that provides document conversion and data capture software, and specializes in OCR technology, intelligent document processing, and process mining.[13][17][18] Additional products include FlexiCapture Connector;[19] NeoML, a cross-platform open-source machine learning library;[20] and Vantage, a low-code/no-code AI platform used by banks, insurers, healthcare, and other industries.[21][22]

ABBYY entered the professional translation market in 2007.[9] It partners with AI, analytics, and RPA vendors UiPath, Blue Prism, Alteryx, PwC India, and others.[13][23]

In 2019, ABBYY acquired TimelinePI, a process mining company, and Marlin Equity Partners became its biggest shareholder in 2021.[24]


  1. ^ "Release 2 build". ABBYY. New versions added as released.
  2. ^ a b c Вектор модернизации: обзор обновленного ABBYY FineReader 12, 2014
  3. ^ "ABBYY FineReader Pro is an unparalleled OCR solution". Engadget. Retrieved 30 December 2021.
  4. ^ "ABBYY FineReader Pro is an unparalleled OCR solution". Engadget. Retrieved 30 December 2021.
  5. ^ Sporleder, Caroline; Bosch, Antal van den; Zervanou, Kalliopi (7 July 2011). Language Technology for Cultural Heritage: Selected Papers from the LaTeCH Workshop Series. Springer Science & Business Media. ISBN 978-3-642-20227-8.
  6. ^ Nield, David; DeMuro, Jonas P.; Turner, Brian (11 October 2021). "Best OCR software of 2021: free and paid options". TechRadar. Retrieved 22 December 2021.
  7. ^ Dalton, Will; DeMuro, Jonas P.; Turner, Brian (6 December 2021). "Best scanning software of 2022". TechRadar. Retrieved 22 December 2021.
  8. ^ "ABBYY выпустила 12 версию своего флагманского продукта FineReader". 2015. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015.
  9. ^ a b c Группа компаний ABBYY, 2014
  10. ^ Radyuhin, Vladimir (19 January 2008). "IT opportunities and challenges in Russia". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 16 July 2014.
  11. ^ "С технологией ABBYY смартфон Samsung Galaxy S4 распознает текст с фотографий". Archived from the original on 14 May 2015.
  12. ^ Mendelson, Edward (6 February 2020). "ABBYY FineReader Review". PC Magazine. Review updated from time to time.
  13. ^ a b c "Abbyy releases Vantage 2 and a new skills marketplace". SearchEnterpriseAI. Retrieved 4 January 2022.
  14. ^ "EY's Paul Nizov returns to US to become ABBYY's first CISO". 10 May 2021. Retrieved 4 January 2022.
  15. ^ "Preparing For The Future Of Work: Bruce Orcutt of ABBYY On The Top Five Trends To Watch In The…". Authority Magazine. 14 September 2021. Retrieved 4 January 2022.
  16. ^ "KMWorld AI 50: The Companies Empowering Intelligent Knowledge Management". Retrieved 4 January 2022.
  17. ^ "Marlin bets big on Abbyy's digital intelligence initiatives". VentureBeat. 15 May 2021. Retrieved 4 January 2022.
  18. ^ "How to inject Intelligent Document Processing into SAP RPA | IDM Magazine". Retrieved 4 January 2022.
  19. ^ "Abbyy looks to RPA to breathe new life into scanning and workflow". TechCrunch. 8 November 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2022.
  20. ^ Hainzinger, Brittany. "ABBYY updates machine learning library". App Developer Magazine. Retrieved 26 January 2022.
  21. ^ "Abbyy открыла сервис автоматической обработки документов для тех, кто не умеет программировать". (in Russian). Retrieved 26 January 2022.
  22. ^ "ABBYY's new no-code AI technology could be a gamechanger". 28 March 2021. Retrieved 26 January 2022.
  23. ^ "PwC and ABBYY to deliver digital intelligence solutions in India". 9 October 2019. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  24. ^ "Marlin bets big on Abbyy's digital intelligence initiatives". VentureBeat. 15 May 2021. Retrieved 20 January 2022.

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