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ABBYY Launches Its New Consumer-Focused OCR Software for Mac

July 09, 2009

ABBYY FineReader Express Edition for Mac Delivers Highly Accurate, One-Click Conversion of Paper Documents and Images into Editable and Searchable Files


ABBYY, a leading provider of document recognition, data capture and linguistic software, today announced its FineReader Express Edition for Mac, a new optical character recognition (OCR) application for Macintosh computers. The application accurately turns scanned paper documents, PDF files and camera images into popular electronic formats such as RTF documents, XLS spreadsheets, searchable PDFs, and HTML files. Combining the optimal set of one-click conversion functions with highly intuitive interface, ABBYY FineReader Express Edition for Mac is an ideal OCR solution for individual users.


“With this new application, the broad market audience of Mac users can take full advantage of ABBYY’s award-wining FineReader technologies,” said Sergey Popov, director of FineReader products department. “Delivering the highest quality of OCR and PDF conversion, it comes with an easy-to-use, task-driven interface that allows users to increase efficiency and productivity when working with documents, even without experience in OCR.”


ABBYY FineReader Express Edition for Mac delivers superior accuracy of text recognition in 171 languages and intelligently re-creates layout and formatting elements of the original document including tables, columns, graphics, bullets and numbering. It fluently processes various document types including pages of magazines and books, spreadsheets, business documents and more, delivering accurate results even on the types of images that are typically difficult to OCR, such as faxes or digital photographs. To ensure the highest levels of OCR accuracy, ABBYY FineReader Express Edition for Mac automatically deskews and despeckles images before recognition.


By leveraging its powerful digital camera OCR technology, users can extract printed text from digital photographs with the application, and use their cameras as alternative scanning devices. For example, users can easily convert pictures of banners, posters, or timetables taken on-the-go, as well as photographed pages of books and other documents which are hard to scan in the usual way.


ABBYY FineReader Express Edition for Mac also supports conversion of various types of PDF including image-only, or scanned, PDF that can be transformed into searchable PDF format ideal for archiving purposes.


For user convenience, the most popular conversion routines (e.g. conversion to text, spreadsheet, or searchable PDF) are grouped into the QuickTasks menu enabling users to perform the entire process and get the resulting file with just one click of a button. In addition, FineReader Express Edition for Mac supports conversion of several documents at a time which will be merged and saved as a single file in the required format. This feature saves user’s time when converting pages of a book or other multipage document or when combining several PDF files.

System Specifications and Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.4 and later
  • Universal binary (runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel®-based Macintosh computers).
  • Memory: 256 MB RAM
  • Hard disk space: 500 MB
  • TWAIN-compatible scanner, digital camera or fax modem*
  • Video card and monitor (min. resolution 1024 by 768 pixels)
  • Keyboard, mouse or other pointing device
  • 8 interface languages: English, German, Russian, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch.


*ABBYY FineReader Express Edition for Mac does not support scanners, cameras and fax modems that use emulated drivers. On the Intel® platform, the application will only work with devices for which Intel® drivers are installed.


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