ABBYY FineReader

ABBYY FineReader

by ABBYY Software House

Who Uses This Software?

ABBYY FineReader 15 for Windows empowers professionals to maximize efficiency in the digital workplace.

Average Ratings

106 reviews
  • Overall 4.8/5
  • Ease of Use 4.5/5
  • Customer Service 4.8/5
  • Features 4.5/5
  • Value for Money 4.6/5

Product Details

  • Starting Price US$199.00/one-time
    See pricing details
  • Pricing Details Pricing varies from standard ($199) to corporate ($299) options
  • Free Version No
  • Free Trial Yes, get a free trial
  • Deployment Installed - Windows
  • Training Documentation
  • Support Business Hours
    Online

Vendor Details

  • ABBYY Software House
  • http://www.abbyy.com
  • Founded 1989

About ABBYY FineReader

ABBYY FineReader 15 is a PDF tool for working more efficiently with digital documents. Powered by ABBYY's AI-based OCR technology, FineReader integrates scanned documents into digital workflows and makes it easier to digitize, convert, retrieve, edit, protect, share, and collaborate on all kinds of documents in the digital workplace.

ABBYY FineReader Features

  • Collaboration Tools
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Document Archiving
  • Document Assembly
  • Document Indexing
  • Document Retention
  • Electronic Signature
  • File Recovery
  • File Type Conversion
  • Offline Access
  • Optical Character Recognition
  • Version Control
  • Batch Processing
  • Convert to PDF
  • ID Scanning
  • Image Pre-processing
  • Indexing
  • Metadata Extraction
  • Multi-Language
  • Multiple Output Formats
  • Text Editor
  • Zone Selection Tool
  • Annotations
  • Convert to PDF
  • Digital Signature
  • Encryption
  • Merge / Append
  • PDF Reader
  • Watermarking

ABBYY FineReader Most Helpful Reviews

Extremely valuable tool in fostering automation for my small-sized accounting firm

Reviewed on 25/10/2018
Pattar and co. C.
Accountant
Accounting, 13-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source 
5/5
Overall
4/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Features & Functionality
4/5
Customer Support
5/5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend:
Not Likely Extremely Likely

Comments: For anyone in the finance industry, it is now simply understood that numbers are no longer "crunched" by overworked accountants battling customer-driven deadlines. That is all gone by way of automation. The only hang-up to a seamless input into automation is the fact that much of it still is stored as paper, believe it or not. My firm in particular made a push to start digitizing all of our records and in this process, I learned much about OCR technology. There are hundreds of products that say they can OCR, but the fact that ABBYY can process a HUGE variety of documents, fonts, etc. , this saves a lot of time correcting the output and actually getting searchable documents onto file storage. I just hope that this product continues to develop and remains at its reasonable price point.

Pros: It literally helped my firm save HUNDREDS of man-hours of data entry by running all of our scanned documents through ABBYY and relying heavily upon its OCR to produce a variety of formats which we were able to quickly cross verify and enter into the accounting software. In short, the quality and intelligence of their OCR engine is tremendously accurate and fast!

Cons: The licensing stuff is a little TOO strict and often the remote licensing procedure has to be manually restarted within WIndows Services. We eventually bought more licenses after realizing that ABBYY will be a critical component in my firm's efforts to digitize all of our records and hard copies onto our cloud-hosted server. However, for a very small business that may not warrant another license purchase, they will quickly find out that ABBYY is quick to detect multiple sessions of the same serial code and will block both out. A little excessive, but I can understand their strict use and protection of this fine product.

OCR that works!

Reviewed on 20/07/2019
Josip L.
Sales Manager
Retail, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source 
5/5
Overall
4/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Features & Functionality
Customer Support
5/5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend:
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Pros: ABBYY FineReader is a leader in OCR software and that means that their OCR is the best. It can perform character recognition in any language. I am amazed by all the functions that this piece of software has but one thing is so cool and I use it almost every day to help me organize papers in my office. That is "Hot Folder" - every time you add some document into the desired folder it automatically converts it for you into any type of document you want. It can be editable PDF, Word or any other combination you would ever want. It can do it!
Text is recognized very well and without any errors almost every time.

Cons: Sometimes it is struggling with some special letters from foreign languages like Cyrillic or some letters like čćšđž and many times I found that those are recognized wrong. Also, it tends to keep layout and formatting as the original document but sometimes it doesn't work well. Also, when you are trying to manually select area for the recognition it can be very hard and tiring to do all that manually because the software didn't recognize page properly. Most of the times that is not needed but when you are shooting or scanning in lower resolutions be prepared for that.

Frequent updates please

Reviewed on 23/12/2019
Brittany H.
Manager: Communications and Marketing
Management Consulting, 5,001-10,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source 
5/5
Overall
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Features & Functionality
5/5
Customer Support
5/5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend:
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Pros: I bought ABBYY FineReader in order to digitize contracts, brochures and other documents. I like the fact that developers monitor their product: they constantly fix bugs, add new useful features and modify old ones. The product is just nice to use.

Cons: The program used to be very bad. Auto brightness and a preview of the result did not work there. It was possible to save documents in only a few formats, because most were not supported. Now the program has already been finalized, I did not find any shortcomings in the latest version.

decent Pdf reader

Reviewed on 2/10/2019
Verified Reviewer
Teaching Assistant
Aviation & Aerospace, 10,001+ Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source 
3/5
Overall
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features & Functionality
Customer Support
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend:
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Pros: ABBYY is a very good PDF reader. lightweight software compared to other solutions

Cons: Features are not very comprehensive such with the industry standards

Most versatile OCR software

Reviewed on 27/08/2019
Alex V.
Investigator - data interrogation
Accounting, 13-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source 
5/5
Overall
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features & Functionality
Customer Support
5/5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend:
Not Likely Extremely Likely

Comments: I use Abby for a number of purposes, however where it is most useful to me is to convert financial data for analysis in Microsoft Excel for further analysis.

Pros: One of the most useful aspects of Abbyy Finereader, especially when compared to other OCR software is the level of control offered to the user. This enables poor quality scans as an example to be cleaned up and optimized for recognition. It is easy to edit pages collectively or individually to compensate for distortions and even deal with water marks and poor quality images. The accuracy is phenomenal and ability to use dictionaries or customize your own increases recognition capacity. Abbyy Fine Reader has greatly improved over the years and i expect great things from them in the future as technology evolves.

Cons: I do have a wish list: A setting to have ability to ignore pages during recognition.
The ability to ignore a column within a table.
A way to verify text in a chosen sequence such as down then up and or select areas to ignore.

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