Review of: ABBYY FineReader
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On January 30, 2016
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ABBYY FineReader 12 PRO is OCR software for convert your paper documents into editable format in Ms. Word. Save more time without retyping again and 22x faster than the fastest typing speed in the world.

How much time do you need to type 2400 words?

As of 2005, writer Barbara Blackburn was the fastest alphanumerical English language typist in the world, according to The Guinness Book of World Records.

Using the Dvorak Simplified Keyboard, she maintained 150 wpm for 50 minutes, and 170 wpm for shorter periods. Her top speed was 212 wpm. (source: Wikipedia)

Words per minute, commonly abbreviated WPM, is a measure of words processed in a minute, often used as a measurement of typing speed or reading speed.

“Desktop OCR scanners can read typewritten data into a computer at rates up to 2400 words per minute!” – THAPAR UNIVERSITY (page 18)

So, OCR software 11x faster than the fastest typing speed in the world.

What is OCR Software?

OCR (optical character recognition) is a technology that converts in-picture texts or printed texts (hardcopy) to editable documents (soft copy).

Printed text like books, business cards, financial statements, and invoice can now be easily converted and edited using scanners and the ABBYY FineReader 12 Professional.

How does the OCR Software Work?

how ocr software works

The OCR software has the ability to read and therefore recognize characters of texts contained in scanned documents of printed texts. These characters will then be compared to the database available in the OCR software.

That being said, the accuracy level of any OCR software closely depends on how large the databases of fonts and languages are that being stored in the software.

ABBYY FineReader 12 Pro Review.

This Best OCR software has been developed by ABBYY corporations since 1989. The first version of the software was released in 2011. ABBYY Finereader Pro is programmed using the C/C++ programming language.

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The latest version of the ABBYY FineReader is the 12th version which already supports more than 190 languages. The software also supports almost in all available platform, such as the online version, Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and BSD.

ABBYY also provides SDKs for OCR software development in mobile devices operating systems like android and iOS.

What is ABBYY FineReader 12?

It for easily to convert paper documents, PDF Files and Digitals photos into editable files in the format of your choice.

Input Format: PDF, BMP, PCX, DCX, JPEG, PNG, GIF, JBIG2, TIFF, XPS and DjVu.

Output Format

You can save output documents from the ABBYY FineReader into various formats of text and Microsoft Word formats, such as: DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, PPTX, RTF, PDF, HTML, CSV, TXT, ODT, DjVu, EPUB and FB2.

In addition, you can also store your scanned documents from your printed text into picture file formats, like BMP, TIFF, PCX, DCX, JPEG, JBIG and PNG.

ABBYY FineReader Feautures:

  • Capable of transforming documents almost as real as the original documents without disrupting the layout and columns structures.
  • Capable of Converting Table. This feature is indeed critical if the documents are in the form of tables take for example the financial statements which consist of many tables. ABBYY FineReader is capable of maintaining the output result to remain in the form of editable texts contained in table formats as the real documents.
  • More languages supported. It supports more than 190 languages both Latin and non-Latin.
  • Batch Processing and Conversion
  • Available in almost every platform, such as Online, Windows, Mac and Linux.
  • Barcode Recognition.

ABBYY FineReader Test: 22x Faster than Manually Retyping.

1. Speed and Accuracy Test

OCR Software like ABBYY FineReader claims that they have capability of transforming graphics/image/picture (scanned document) into texts faster with the accuracy of 99.8%.

In order to find out whether it is true or not, I do some tests.

  1. Create Doc. I created a Microsoft Word document in English which originated from Wikipedia with total word of 2400 words. I copied and then pasted the article taken from into the Microsoft word.
  2. Convert Word to JPG. I convert the word file into picture in JPG format with the help of and thus produced 6 picture files.

The speed test:

  1. Opening OCR Software ABBYY FineReader.
  2. Prepare a Stopwatch on my android smart phone
  3. From the Task I choose “Image or PDF File to Microsoft Word” and then I pick the six picture files as mentioned before.Convert Image to Word
  4. While clicking the Open button I also push the start button on the Stopwatch on my android phone because ABBYY FineReader will process the chosen documents straight away.
  5. ABBYY starts reading, analyzing and delivering the result and therefore automatically opening the document on the Microsoft word.

The Speed Test Result:

finereader speed test result

It only took 34.2 seconds (0.57 minute) for ABBYY FineReader from opening the picture files up to opening the editable document in the Microsoft Word.

Speed of ABBYY FineReader for reading and converting image to editable word:
2400 word /0.57 minute = 4210.52 WPM

That was two-times faster than the data collected previously on the Universitas Thapar research, or that was 22x faster than any fast typewriter in the world.

2. The Accuracy Test

In order to test the accuracy level I used the Compare feature (Built-in Microsoft Word).

From the result of comparing, I found that the FineReader has accuracy level of 99% in reading and recognizing the words.

Some mistakes of recognizing happened on the texts with uppercase format since it has smaller font size.

ABBYY FineReader Test Result

See Output File in Google Docs

ABBYY FineReader can’t maintain some text formats, such as:

Hyperlink. This happened because when converting Word documents to picture, the hyperlink will automatically be deleted and thus become regular underlined text.
Heading. Although it cannot maintain the heading format, but the FineReader gives bigger font size for the Heading Text.
Font size.

Keeped Format Text:

– Underline.
– Bold.
– List Item.

How good does ABBYY FineReader Convert Tables?

The ability of OCR software to be able to maintain the structure of tables is really necessary especially for documents related to office reports so that you do not need to reassemble the texts to become tables.

In the test, I used a picture of a table from the Wikipedia. Here is the picture:


ALM_funding_report_requirement (source:Wikipedia)

I used 2 types of output file, i.e. Word and Excel.

Output Files:

ABBYY Finereader Tables Word

ABBYY Finereader Tables Word (view Google Docs)

ABBYY Finereader Tables Excel

ABBYY Finereader Tables Excel (view in Google Sheets)

Both the output files the Word and Excel still remain intact in a form of table format with rows and columns exactly as the real documents.

ABBYY FineReader Time Saving

Typing Manually

Let’s assume that you have the typing speed of 100 WPM (Words per minute) with 7 working hours.

In order to finish retyping a book with 100 pages (400 words per page), with total words on the book of 40.000 words you will need:

Time Needed= Total Sum of Words / Typing Speed

Manual: 40000/100 = 400 minutes = 6.6 hours

Using ABBYY FineReader: 40000/4210 = 9.5 minutes.

The job of retyping 40.000 words the document/book manually takes 6.6 hours whilst using ABBYY FineReader it only takes a 9.5 minutes.

How to Get the Editable Text in the Best Quality

The quality of the documents of the file input affects the output accuracy. The better the picture quality the better accuracy level f the ABBYY FineReader will be.

1. Use Scanners and MFPs.

The ABBYY FineReaders is already compatible with many scanners models and multi-function peripherals (MFPs) available on the market.

Well-known products like Avision, Brother, Canon, Epson, Fujitsu, HP, Kodak, Lexmark, Microtek, Mustek, Oki, Panasonic, Plustek, Ricoh, Visioneer, VuPoint, Xerox, and many other vendors are already compatible with the ABBYY FineReaders.

When you scan documents using ABBYY, make sure you set the settings correctly. Here some rules that you may need to pay attention to:

  • Resolution of 300 dpi for standard texts (font size 10 and larger)
  • 400-600 dpi for texts with small font size (9 and less)
  • Grayscale color mode.

2. Digital Cameras.

If you don’t have any scanners, don’t worry. You still can capture the printed text using your digital camera then convert the picture format to be editable texts using the ABBYY FineReader.

In order to get the best result, it is required to use camera with these specifications:

  • 5-megapixel sensor (minimum – 2-megapixel),
  • Flash disable feature
  • Manual aperture control or aperture priority mode
  • Manual focusing
  • An anti-shake system or the use of a tripod is recommended
  • Optical zoom

3. Smartphone Camera

Another alternative is using your Smartphone camera. Make sure that you capture the picture horizontally between the Smartphone and the printed texts or books.

However, you don’t need to worry, because the ABBYY FineReader also has the feature of improving your pictures quality, removing noise, straightening text lines and whitening backgrounds to achieve the highest conversion accuracy.

The Non-Latin Languages Supported:

Beside its ability to recognize many languages other than English, the ABBYY FineReader is also able to recognize some non-Latin languages with unique fonts and characters, some of those languages are:

  • Arabic (Saudi Arabia)
  • Azeri (Cyrillic)
  • Chinese Simplified
  • Chinese Traditional
  • Eskimo (Cyrillic)
  • Japanese
  • Serbian (Cyrillic)
  • Turkmen (Cyrillic)
  • Uighur (Cyrillic)
  • Uzbek (Cyrillic)

ABBYY Screenshoot Reader (bonus).

ABBYY Screenshot Reader

This is used to copy texts, tables or captured pictures from the computer screen. The output in the form of texts will be kept in the clipboard which then you may paste anywhere later on.

You can use this feature if there are texts in the picture or when you encounter texts that cannot be copied yet you do not want to retype them.

Do I Need ABBYY FineReader?

ABBYY FineReader OCR Software is highly recommended [1] and needed for those who work in offices or libraries with many paper documents.

You can easily copy the printed file in form of documents such as the financial statements or monthly reports then transform them to be editable texts in MS Word format.

In addition, for libraries that want to make online-version library, you can convert books available in your shelves to editable texts which then can be published online.

Furthermore, if you have collections of books, you can also convert them into softcopies which easier to read on your computer screen or even on your mobile devices.

It has the batch processing feature, as well as maintaining the layout forms and the tables form and the background is needed, as you no longer need to reconfigure the layout of the documents.

If you are assigned or have a task of copying and retyping contents of books or printed documents, you can now do the tasks easily by using best OCR software, namely ABBYY FineReader 12 Pro and also a scanner machine.

The OCR Software will help you to finish your job faster as it saves more time than having to retype documents or books.

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ABBYY FineReader 12 PRO is OCR software for convert your paper documents into editable format in Ms. Word. Save more time without retyping again and 22x faster than the fastest typing speed in the world.

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