Conclusion: The highest-power OCR software on the market, indispensable for anyone who needs fast, accurate text-recognition.
Pros: Powerful, flexible OCR software, smoothly automated for high-volume and hands-off operations, with precision correction tools for difficult tasks. The superb Verification tool makes it easy to correct doubtful readings by comparing OCR text to the original.
Cons: Some advanced options menus could use better explanations.
Excerpt: On our tests, FineReader 5.0 Pro did an outstanding job of preserving layout and formatting details with excellent accuracy. With the press release, the program got all the body text correct and also recognized superscripted text, as well as retained underlining, bold, and centered headlines...
Excerpt: The Good Support for RTF, XLS, HTML, and searchable PDF. Simple, easy to user interface. Excellent recognition engine. Excellent results from Faxes and digital camera images. Good value for money. The Bad Requires scanner with TWAIN driver support. Performance with TIFF images lacking.
Pros: Support for RTF, XLS, HTML, and searchable PDF., Simple, easy to user interface., Excellent recognition engine., Excellent results from Faxes and digital camera images., Good value for money.
Cons: Requires scanner with TWAIN driver support., Performance with TIFF images lacking., More features in ABBY FineReader 10 Professional for Windows.
Summary: As with OmniPage, you need to use OCR a lot -- particularly with such things as digital images -- to make the investment in ABBYY FineReader 9.0 worthwhile as an upgrade. However, accuracy in our tests was very good, even with distorted photographs.
Pros: Support for foreign languages, very good accuracy
Cons: Had some problems dealing with images, doesn't have that many features when compared with OmniPage
Abbyy FineReader 11 Professional Edition does clean OCR and is easy to use
17 July 2013
Excerpt: Anyone who's purchased a multifunction printer or scanner recently will probably recognize the name FineReader, as the Sprint version ships with many such products. Obviously, there are deals being made, but there's no questioning that the program also does a very nice job of OCR.
Excerpt: ABBYY's FineReader software is a perennial favourite of scanner manufacturers, and to see it making an appearance here is no surprise. Unfortunately, the differences between 6.0 Sprint Plus and the full version are much more pronounced than with OmniPage.