ABBYY FineReader Express
ABBYY FineReader Express
8.5.676060

3.6

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ABBYY FineReader Express8.5.676060

05 January 2016

Easy-to-use OCR application.

Overview

ABBYY FineReader Express is a highly accurate and easy-to-use multi-lingual OCR application designed specifically for Mac users. Based on ABBYY's intelligent document recognition technologies, FineReader Express for Mac quickly turns any scanned paper document, PDF files and digital camera images into editable and searchable formats while keeping the original layout and formatting in tact.

ABBYY FineReader Express automatically detects tables in original documents and precisely reconstructs them in the resulting files. In addition, this intelligent software provides special tools for editing table areas in documents that enable:

  • Adding table separators
  • Deleting table separators
  • Splitting table cells
  • Merging table rows and columns
  • Using these tools, even the most complex tables and spreadsheets can be perfectly reconstructed.

What's new in ABBYY FineReader Express

Version 8.5.676060:

Note: ABBYY FineReader Express is no longer under development, and it is no longer available for sale.

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

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47 Reviews of ABBYY FineReader Express

4
Vicjoe
06 September 2010
Version: 8.0.0.3948

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I agree with the other reviews that this product has a minimalist interface but a robust OCR engine. The issue I had with it is, using the demo, the accuracy was very impressive. Okay, trial period over, time to buy; I paid online, downloaded the paid version (Aug. 28), and upon installing it, got a warning "the disk you chose contains a newer version of the software you are installing. Installing this software will replace a newer version with an older version." Since the trial version would no longer work, I went ahead with the installation (I should have hesitated as in the Installer, a page entitled Important Information only listed up to OS X 10.5, no mention of 10.6). I then launched the application, and proceeded to do a test scan on a book that had worked fine on the trial version. As with the trial, the scan proceeded and put up a window "Document Conversion" showing a progress bar that ended with the notation "Finished. 1 of 1 pages processed" But, the button "Finished" was greyed out so the process essentially ended there; All other menus were greyed out, so I had to quit the program via the Mac utility Activity Monitor. I didn't think to make a note of the trial version, but the (broken) paid version was 8.0.0.3578 Part: 718/4 (from the app's About menu, as a Finder Get Info does not include version information). On the next launch I thought to see if there was an entry for checking for updates, and there was. I downloaded the update, it indicated it was compatible with OS X 10.6 and indeed it did not hang at the "Document Conversion" window; it was now version 8.0.0.3891 Part 718/5. I was then able to compare scanning/ocr'ing the same page, same book as I had done with the trial version, and noted that there were a few more errors with the full version. It seems that the trial version was better at automatically de-skewing the page. The full version also felt slower than the trial one. I wrote ABBYY about this, they did respond and admit the following "FineReader Express for Mac trial was created after the full version of the software was, because there was a high demand from users requesting a trial version, therefore, when you install the full version it shows that is a [sic] older version of the software, but you are running the latest full version of the software." Conclusion: the full version that one pays for, even after using the Update feature, is older and slightly less accurate than the more impressive trial version. I'll continue to check the Update feature (can't set it to auto check, and the Preferences menu entry for all versions [trial, old full and updated full] were greyed out and in fact when reading the manual no mention of Preferences at all. Today, Sept. 6th, I did the manual update check and was advised that "There are no updates currently available for ABBYY FineReader Express Edition for Mac Build 3891." In sum, if you're impressed by the trial version, you may run into some install/use problems with the initial paid download and even a working update is less robust than the trial. Still, after trying 3 other OCR packages, ABBYY FineReader Express for Mac still has a strong edge for accuracy.
(9)
alex-rizhsky
13 February 2017
Version: 8.5.676060
I can definitely recommend this cloud version of ABBYY Fine Reader Professional: www.apponfly.com/en/abbyy-finereader?EZE I works on any device running Win as well as Mac OS and they provide a 30day free trial without any commitments.
(0)
Neil-M
29 June 2015
Version: 8.3.393599
I'd missed the latest update - it's not listed here. Update Part Number: 718/30 Date: 5 December, 2014 http://www.abbyy.com/checkforupdates/?Product=Sprint&Platform=MAC&PartNumber=71826&Language=en&Target=CheckUpdate&Source=Shell&Distributive=EEMac&Build=8.3.393599
(0)
1
Frankp
30 October 2014
Version: 8.3.393599
I used to really depend on this program, but the last update virtually destroyed it for me. When I scan a pdf file, entire paragraphs and sometimes entire pages, are missing. If there is a graphic on the file it's almost guaranteed the app will miss the entire page. I find I can't rely on it anymore. I filed the problem with ABBYY but never heard anything back.
(1)
3.5
Darren-Nichols
16 September 2014
Version: 8.3.393599
this app have the most accurate OCR engine.
(0)
0.5
HJRBR
04 July 2014
Version: 8.3.393599
The feature Convert to searchable PDFs seems not to work anymore with Maverick 9.4. The eventual upgrade procedure is a pain in ... I would not recommend or buy this software anymore. And rating with MacUpdate is also not easy. By Overall Rating, I would give 2.0, but I cannot change an accidentally clicked star. Oh well....
(1)
2
Meitnik
07 April 2014
Version: 8.3.393599
ABBYY has chosen to cripple the mac version. It is far from being feature parity with the Windows version. The key feature to preview/edit a page before exporting it is not there; which any OCR tool worth its cost has. They are cynical towards the mac market: Over charging for the upgrade, slow for updates and bug fixes, and poor tech support. Good luck getting them to do a demo version. Like Nuance, they seem to dislike the mac market. They will milk the upgrade cost as long and as much as they can. I wasted my money on the upgrade. As for the ocr engine, oh, its very good, just the Gui driving it sucks.
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0.5
gbarnes12
04 December 2013
Version: 8.3.393599
I just downloaded and installed this hoping to try it out as a TRIAL version. It asked for a KEY Code which I don't have. SO how am I supposed to try it to see if I want to purchase it?
(1)
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5
Lightning
30 November 2013
Version: 8.3.393599
This is by far the BEST OCR that I have used and I have used at least 6 others. Just give it a try.
(1)
3.5
PaoloM4825
16 November 2013
Version: 8.3.393599
Does it work?
(2)
3
PaoloM4825
16 November 2013
Version: 8.3.393599
Try to unsterstandd
(1)
lurkingremlin
25 June 2013
Version: 8.3.393599
Icon seems to be missing in this particular version, neither shows in the Finder or Show Info... window. ???
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1
Meitnik
06 May 2013
Version: 8.3.325601
I made the mistake of buying from the App store my copy. After upgrading to 10.7.x I have had nothing but problems. I have documented to support the bugs. I have yet to hear back from them. They have my 100.00, but I have a broken app. I can't get a refund due to apple's polices. It worked well for the most part under 10.6. I have written to support a number of times, still nothing. Either give me a refund or the windows version to run under a VM of Windows. Never have had such problems with a company. And yes, I have reinstalled many times and still the same bugs.
(0)
5
Raylinth
18 February 2013
Version: 8.3.325601
@Abbyy The Download Link: http://www.abbyydownloads.com/FRMACLion/ABBYY_FineReader_Express.dmg Shows this: 404 - File or directory not found. The resource you are looking for might have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable. Can you please fix this?
(0)
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2.5
Quixopix
13 January 2013
Version: 8.3.325601
I tried the demo and it didn't do Hebrew text like Prizmo 2 I also tried old english Gothic View Online: tinyurl.com/KJV1611Scripture It couldn't handle it, so for basic OCR Vuescan or Prizmo does the job. I also want a scanner to have salt n pepper removal like Corel PhotoPaint, or digital ice scanning technology, this appears to be more of an OCR only app, so it didn't really handle my needs
(2)
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5
Corpin
05 December 2012
Version: 8.3.325601
best five stars
(2)
4.5
Powercc
28 November 2012
Version: 8.3.325601
I switched from IRIS to Abbyy and I am very satiefied with it. The results are great. I use a Epson 4870 Photo Scanner. Much better could the service, esp. the upgrades are to complex to get and to install
(3)
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1.5
Madmattmanus
30 October 2012
Version: 8.2.6996
I'm sure it's a great program, but how do I enter my license code to unlock it? The prefernces are grayed out and there is no choice that does not launch a website???
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0.5
Strob
29 October 2012
Version: 8.2.6996
I got terrible results from this app trying to convert a picture to text. The result was not remotely usable. I had much better results from ABBYY screenshot reader (Windows) or by importing the same photo into MS OneNote (Windows) then converting it to text.
(0)
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mikokim
29 October 2012
Version: 8.2.6996
Can someone tell me what's the difference between ABBYY FineReader Express and ABBYY FineReader for ScanSnap (the one the comes with the Fuijitsu scanner)? Is it only that the one that comes with the scanner is tied to what you scanned with that Fuijitsu, or are there other feature differences?
(1)
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4
Darron-b4396ed9
29 October 2012
Version: 8.2.6996
I currently use the version of FineReader that came with my Fujitsu scanner. It works great, however, it does not allow me to process any images that were not created by the scanner and I would like to process documents I create with my iPhone camera. Does FineReader Express have AppleScript/Automator support that would allow me to process any files that are dropped in a folder by enabling folder actions?
(2)
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WAn97
29 October 2012
Version: 8.2.6996
Does ABBYY FineReader Express support Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion?
(0)
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3
claudefr
29 October 2012
Version: 8.2.6996
Purchased the software and registered on the web site. I'm still being told that I'm using the demo version and asked to purchase it....
(0)
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5
Neil-M
28 April 2012
Version: 8.2.6996
After being asked to pay yet another upgrade fee by Readiris, I decided to trial ABBYY. The most important feature for me, is the the accuracy, I can use the results without having to edit and double check. That is not something I could ever do with Readiris Pro. I have had several versions of Readiris, including the server version for watched folders - but if the accuracy is lacking - it defeats the purpose. The files need to be properly searchable. I have found interesting ways to incorporate ABBYY into our workflow using applescript and automator. ABBYY seems to be able to handle documents with multiple languages as well, so documents with foreign place names are handled correctly. Something Readiris never managed for me. I am happy that Readiris wanted an upgrade fee because it forced me to reconsider my options - it has been a big step forward.
(6)
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Holypoly
05 March 2012
Version: 8.2.6996
Build 718/10 (from ABBYY's web site): The update includes the following enhancements: Support for ICA-compatible scanners and MFPs New scanning interface for ICA-compatible devices Some interface and usability improvements
(0)
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Matbard
12 February 2012
Version: 8.01.6996
Where is the 8.01.6996 update???
(0)
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4
Mk-Ultra
13 December 2011
Version: 8.0.0.4123
Frustratingly slow compared to Readiris Pro. But it hands down beats it in accuracy. Very crippled compared to the full fledged windows version. Still, even with the lack of controls that the windows version offers, I found it to be the best OCR sw for the mac. If someone has a better suggestion for OCR sw please msg me. Thanks
(5)
3.5
Aargl
08 October 2011
Version: 8.0.0.3948
Having tried this vs Omnipage and Readiris, with the same text, there's no doubt: ABBYY is the winner! The other two produced nothing usable, full of errors that you must manually correct (and the "learning mode" is even worse!). The ease of use for the OCR part is amazing, but there is no fine tuning available here, and it's pretty hard to reorder pages after you've scanned them. Anyway, it does so little errors that it's unbelievable. It was the first time in my life that I needed OCR (for work), so I won't buy it for myself, but if I must give an advice to some of my employers, this will definitely be my choice (and it's the cheapest one!!!)
(3)
Holypoly
21 September 2011
Version: 8.0.0.3948
Lion support added: http://www.abbyy.com/support/finereader_for_mac/update/
(0)
4
Trashie
28 August 2011
Version: 8.0.0.3948
Just tried the trial hit it with some docs. It was almost perfect! Will buy. Simple and easy. Stable and fast. I did not even use 300dpi on it, it still was perfect just warned 300dpi may give better results but it worked great on 150dpi docs. A star off as it needs some more features and toolbar buttons etc but the OCR engine is 5 stars. I also like read iris but since I can't get a trial they can go spin. It also costs more for very little extras. ABBYY is the one for Mac users for sure. The software feels Mac the others feel they are trying to be Mac.
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Istra
11 August 2011
Version: 8.0.0.3948
can this app. scan & ocr lating and greek texts? other languages/alphabets?
(0)
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4
Poikkeus
02 May 2011
Version: 8.0.0.3948
I've used this software, in different versions, but I've always noticed that the character recognition is speedy, accuracy impressive (about 99%, by my rough count), and very easy to use. FineReader Express relies on a minimal design with a small footprint. My preferred work flow is to scan from a TWAIN compliant Canon scanner, after which the completed document appears on MS Word; from there, you can manually edit, if necessary. OCR software is never going to be cheap, but at a retail of $99, it's the most competitive software available for the Mac.
(2)
0.5
Awado
02 January 2011
Version: 8.0.0.3948
Like katz219 already said, this piece of software is a horrible UI around a "good" engine. After editing almost 100 pages of a document for proper text recognition, i had to realize that all of that editing is gone, a soon as you switch to another page. That means you can only change one page of the document. I reported this to their tech. support and got a short reply after a few days, but no solution. A second request is still unanswered for two months now. To me it's not worth the money they charge. They know of the bug(s) but don't care.
(1)
5
Wikno
18 December 2010
Version: 8.0.0.3948
I find this to be the most accurate OCR sw. I have tested many solutions, all the way from the old omni to acrobat. Yes, I agree, it's very nice to have all the flair of more heavy duty apps, but in my experience, when I want OCR, I just want it to be accurate, I can take the results in to any program I want after that, and the fewer mistakes, the less time I have to spend once I'm there.
(0)
4
Vicjoe
06 September 2010
Version: 8.0.0.3948
I agree with the other reviews that this product has a minimalist interface but a robust OCR engine. The issue I had with it is, using the demo, the accuracy was very impressive. Okay, trial period over, time to buy; I paid online, downloaded the paid version (Aug. 28), and upon installing it, got a warning "the disk you chose contains a newer version of the software you are installing. Installing this software will replace a newer version with an older version." Since the trial version would no longer work, I went ahead with the installation (I should have hesitated as in the Installer, a page entitled Important Information only listed up to OS X 10.5, no mention of 10.6). I then launched the application, and proceeded to do a test scan on a book that had worked fine on the trial version. As with the trial, the scan proceeded and put up a window "Document Conversion" showing a progress bar that ended with the notation "Finished. 1 of 1 pages processed" But, the button "Finished" was greyed out so the process essentially ended there; All other menus were greyed out, so I had to quit the program via the Mac utility Activity Monitor. I didn't think to make a note of the trial version, but the (broken) paid version was 8.0.0.3578 Part: 718/4 (from the app's About menu, as a Finder Get Info does not include version information). On the next launch I thought to see if there was an entry for checking for updates, and there was. I downloaded the update, it indicated it was compatible with OS X 10.6 and indeed it did not hang at the "Document Conversion" window; it was now version 8.0.0.3891 Part 718/5. I was then able to compare scanning/ocr'ing the same page, same book as I had done with the trial version, and noted that there were a few more errors with the full version. It seems that the trial version was better at automatically de-skewing the page. The full version also felt slower than the trial one. I wrote ABBYY about this, they did respond and admit the following "FineReader Express for Mac trial was created after the full version of the software was, because there was a high demand from users requesting a trial version, therefore, when you install the full version it shows that is a [sic] older version of the software, but you are running the latest full version of the software." Conclusion: the full version that one pays for, even after using the Update feature, is older and slightly less accurate than the more impressive trial version. I'll continue to check the Update feature (can't set it to auto check, and the Preferences menu entry for all versions [trial, old full and updated full] were greyed out and in fact when reading the manual no mention of Preferences at all. Today, Sept. 6th, I did the manual update check and was advised that "There are no updates currently available for ABBYY FineReader Express Edition for Mac Build 3891." In sum, if you're impressed by the trial version, you may run into some install/use problems with the initial paid download and even a working update is less robust than the trial. Still, after trying 3 other OCR packages, ABBYY FineReader Express for Mac still has a strong edge for accuracy.
(9)
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4
Omrudi
03 August 2010
Version: 8.0.0.3948
While the interface & workflow could certainly be improved dramatically, the bottom line is that this is the BEST OCR out there right now. So far I am getting 99.9% accuracy which is amazing to me. So far I have scanned 2 books this week, one a 120 pager, and the other a 90 page typewritten xerox copy from 1982. The only hiccups were as expected: page tears of the original, sub-par scans, and odd-size text of the first letter of the first word. Even slightly askew scans were easily handled. The biggest and most important tip I could offer is to first get the best scan possible: for text, scan greyscale, 300 dpi. It should be obvious, but start with the best, cleanest original & scan available. (Garbage in, garbage out... ) The workflow that worked best with its rudimentary interface is to do all my scans first to a folder, then launch FineReader and plow through the folder. You can only save as text or RTF, so choose wisely. Do a test to see which works best for your project. OCR gets 5 stars (forget PDFPen and Adobe Acrobat, I've suffered with them both), and that is what matters the most. The main rating gets knocked a star for rudimentary GUI that could easily be improved. The $99 price seems a bit much (especially since the Windows version is half the price!) but the accuracy for me makes it worth every penny.
(4)
Kaz219
24 July 2010
Version: 8.0.0.3948
Playing around with the software, and I have one problem: it isn't possible to do any kind of fine tuning on multi-pages documents. When I modify anything and go to the next page, the changes on the previous page are lost (if I navigate back, everything is back the way it was). The help in the software is very limited and on the website it's just a joke. Their only (but big) advantage is that they got the best engine so far. But the interface is pretty bad I have to say.
(4)
4
Ozean
28 June 2010
Version: 8.0.0.3895
I already own Adobe Acrobat so this is what I compared ABBYY FineReader with. I used a few different documents that I copied a few years ago using a photocopier, now scanned in with one of these large office copying/scanning machines (B/W only, 300 dpi, set to text). To my surprise, FineReader was only a tad better than Acrobat. With a good scan Acrobat would probably make four to five mistakes per page, whereas FineReader would make two to three. With a mediocre scan the difference was slightly bigger (pro FineReader). To my surprise, the difference seemed to be a bit smaller when I tested some German documents (the other were English, language was always chosen correctly). FineReader was also quite a bit slower than Acrobat, but that is not much of an issue for me. I guess I will wait for a new version to evaluate the difference once more.
(3)
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Laurent-Couvreur
23 February 2010
Version: 8.0.0.3895
1. Very good recognition. 2. No options for choose the quality of the .PDF 3. Default quality of the .PDF very poor . -> unusable.... for the .PDF Only for .DOC...
(2)
Imho
30 November 2009
Version: 8.0.0.2806
I read about a trial version of ABBY FineReader, but on their site I found only a trial version for Windows. Sent an e-mail to ABBY to find out how to download a trial version for the Mac. After 25 days I'm still waiting for an answer ...
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q00p
19 November 2009
Version: 8.0.0.2806
After struggling for years with ReadIris Pro, because of limitations of software, extremely bad support and completely flawed installation procedure, we finally decided to try ABBY. What a relief! The difference can't be explained. This software actually works! And converting previously scanned PDFs to searchable PDFs is a breeze. If you are searching for OCR software we can only recommend you to buy it.
(3)
5
Spinup
18 November 2009
Version: 8.0.0.2806
Best OCR recognition on the documents I've tried -- especially on poor quality scans, it blew the competition away (Acrobat 8 and VelOCRaptor 1.1.242). The tools to tweak the recognition after the first pass are very welcome. One thing that would improve it is an option to crop the pages, but Preview took care of that.
(3)
Xplicit
17 October 2009
Version: 8.0.0.2806
Why does the Mac edition cost twice the price as the Windows edition?
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Iconz113
30 August 2009
Version: 8.0.0.2806
is this working on snow leopard?
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pandora-1
17 August 2009
Version: 8.0.0.2806
Devon Technologies has licensed the Abby OCR engine for use in DevonThink Pro Office 2.0 (which is in a prolonged but fairly bug-free beta). I have been a medium user of DTPO and Abby (that's how we shorten the name in the DT forums) has been a great OCR machine. I've scanned in some pretty shabby documents and magazine pages that were printed with no regard to ink flow or other non-qualitative aspects, and the difference between Abby and my previous workhorse (Omnipage) is immense. Whether you use the DTPO version or you buy it outright, you can't go wrong if you want OCR accuracy.
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Iconz113
16 August 2009
Version: 8.0.0.2806
thank god for this, I think this is going to be the best in OCR on mac osx. Readiris 50 page restrictions are rediculous. Right I had a version come bundled in with my epson as well, finereader sprint plus 5, u cant compare those prebundled versions to this version. This one blows it out of the water
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Mrglsmrc
16 August 2009
Version: 8.0.0.2806
a version of this package comes bundled with fujitsu scansnap printers. i have been using it for a while. this newer product is for twain printers and digital cameras.--it can convert png files to pdf. i cannot therefore use it with my scanner and there is no upgrade path anyway. when i bought my scanner 7 weeks ago i was promised a mail-in rebate upgrade to a full version of an additional scanning package from another company-- this hasn't happenned yet so i look forward to finding out the full capabilities of the fujitsu scanner. but consideringing that abyy is selling a software now that is fairly comparable to my bundled software, you ought consider buying a bundled scanner instead of paying abyy the hundred dollars they want for this program. there is nothing at the abyy site about version history or downloadable files so it is a bit hard to figure out. what most impresses me about abyy is all the languages the ocr engine can handle and that these can be managed in preferences. I do wish i could use it for chess desktop publishing but that doesn't seem to be a choice. more's the pity because this is a russian product and if the russians wont support chess fonts in an ocr engine then who will? i don't think i will ever need to import pdfs into excel spreadsheets in languages like zapotec and turkmeni but these stupid options are available to me.
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curlypaws
16 August 2009
Version: 8.0.0.2806
I've long hoped that Abbyy would bring FineReader to Mac OS X, since OmniPage has fallen by the wayside and ReadIris has a number of irritations (a clunky upgrade procedure has always tried my patience and a limit of 50 page documents annoys, unless you spring for the even more expensive Corporate version). While I was disappointed that it was FineReader Express rather than the full product, I've found the results to be excellent. You can't correct the output within the program, but you can amend its recognition of tables, graphics and text blocks. And, in fact, the output is very good indeed - needing a lot less correction than either OmniPage or ReadIris. For the price, this is the best Mac OCR package available and, while it means that a full version of FineReader is probably less likely I'd still like to hope that we might one day see it - if only to offer an even greater degree of control over the output from within the program.
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$99.99

3.6

App requirements: 
  • Intel 32
  • Mac OS X 10.6.0 or later

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