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ABBYY FineReader 9.0 Sprint is a "light" version of ABBYY FineReader Professional that is provided with some scanner models.
This application is designed for converting document scans into editable texts. This simple application will help you to save recognized texts as Microsoft Word or Excel documents. Built on ABBYY FineReader OCR technology, the application ensures high quality OCR and retains the formatting of original documents.
For more complex documents we recommend ABBYY FineReader 12 Professional. This is a powerful yet easy-to-use OCR application that delivers superior accuracy in converting almost any type of documents, including various office documents, tables and spreadsheets, magazine articles, books, and even faxes and digital photographs.
The trial version of ABBYY FineReader 12 Professional is available on our Web site at https://pdf.abbyy.com/finereader-pdf/trial/.
To update your FineReader 9.0 Sprint please choose “Help” menu item and then “Check for Updates Now” below in the dropped list of options. The appropriate ABBYY page will be opened in your browser, and you’ll find the patches or a message that no patches are currently available (this means, you use the newest version of the product).
ABBYY FineReader Sprint supports integration with Microsoft Office 2007, 2010, 2013 applications only in 32-bit versions of Windows (see specifications). In case you experience problems with MS Office when having ABBYY FineReader Sprint on your PC there are two workarounds:
TWAIN is an acronym for “Technology Without An Interesting Name”, a standard software protocol and applications programming interface (API) that regulates communication between software applications and imaging devices such as scanners and digital cameras.
Use the scanner driver dialog box to select scanning options. The appearance of the dialog box and a description of its elements should be available in the documentation accompanying your scanner. In general, observe the following guidelines:
This message means that ABBYY FineReader 9.0 Sprint cannot find your default scanner.
It does. For instance, a poor fax copy can cause recognition problems, as well as a low-contrast scan or a document image that has a lot of speckles on it. ABBYY FineReader 9.0 Sprint delivers special image pre-processing features that help to eliminate speckles and skewing of the original. Skewed scans and speckled images will make your OCR program work harder and may increase a number of errors.
Selecting the Right Resolution
The quality of conversion is affected by scanning resolution. Poor quality scans may produce inferior results.
Recommended scanning resolution is 300 dpi.
Important! ABBYY FineReader 9.0 Sprint shows best OCR performance when vertical and horizontal resolutions are the same.
Very high resolution settings (over 600 dpi) result in greater recognition and conversion times without any noticeable increase in recognition quality. Very low resolution settings (below 150 dpi) may adversely affect the quality of recognition and conversion.
Scanned images must be legible. Wrong brightness settings may adversely affect the quality of recognition and conversion.
In most cases the medium brightness value of 50% will be suitable.
ABBYY FineReader 9.0 Sprint supports 179 recognition languages, including 36 languages with dictionary support. For languages with dictionary support you may use the FineReader spell-checking system.
ABBYY FineReader 9.0 Sprint supports the following user interface languages: Bulgarian, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional Korean, Japanese, Turkish.
To be able to scan/open multiple pages, your scanner driver must support this feature. Most of the scanner drivers support multiple page scanning/opening, but some may not support this feature.
If recognition results contain a lot of mistakes, try one of the following:
Almost any. The full version of ABBYY FineReader Professional allows you to improve OCR quality on documents with special fonts or documents containing special characters (e.g. mathematical symbols) by using Training mode. In other words, you can teach the program to distinguish specific characters which look very much alike in some fonts, for example “1” and “i”. ABBYY FineReader 9.0 Sprint does not offer this possibility.
There are some cases where FineReader 9.0 Sprint can change formatting. For example, a simple table, if defined as text by mistake, will look completely different from the original. It is important to mark blocks as appropriate according to the original document.
When recognizing a document, the program attempts to detect the following areas on the image: Text, Picture, and Table. The program relies on this analysis to identify the areas and order of recognition and to recreate the original formatting. The areas are enclosed in color frames, each area type having its own color.
You can use the Tab key to navigate through the areas. Each area is numbered and these numbers determine the order of navigation.
To select an area manually:
You cannot edit text directly in FineReader 9.0 Sprint. To be able to edit recognized text, you need to export it into Microsoft Word or a similar application for spell-checking and polishing. Also it is possible to edit the recognized document within FineReader 12 Professional.
Advanced versions of ABBYY FineReader, such as Professional Edition or Corporate Edition, offer new standards of performance providing unmatched accuracy of recognition, exact layout retention and high productivity. For more information, visit the Product features page.