ABBYY FineReader Engine

The most comprehensive OCR SDK for software developers.

Integrate AI-powered OCR features into your applications.

Powerful PDF processing tools

The SDK allows conversion of scans, digital photos, Tiff, JPEG, BMP and other image formats into many types of searchable PDF and PDF/A formats. In addition, it allows importing PDF and PDF /A files and processing them in different ways.

For both types of PDF processing - the conversion of documents into PDF as well as processing of PDFs and PDF/A files, ABBYY FineReader Engine offers a broad range of options and tools and allows to process and create electronic documents according to the PDF/A-3 standards and ZUGFeRD-compliant electronic invoices.

PDF input and processing

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OCR for more than 200 languages

ABBYY FineReader Engine analyzes internal information within the source PDF files such as: annotations, metadata, text objects, font dictionaries, content stream.

The FineReader SDK enhances PDF conversion performance and speed through efficient and accurate text detection. If text is embedded in the PDF file, the OCR engine examines the integrity of the text layer, and decides whether to extract the text or apply OCR on a block-by-block basis. This functionality can be tuned off if needed.

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Capture of internal PDF information

ABBYY FineReader Engine extracts internal PDF links, hyperlinks and document properties such as subject, author, title, keywords and bookmarks.

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Extraction of attachments from PDF/A-3

During the opening of PDF/A-3 files, the embedded data, such as XML or other data can be extracted passed to other systems - for example when processing electronic invoices.

PDF output

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PDF security and encryption support

ABBYY FineReader Engine supports a variety of PDF security settings:

  • "Open File" password settings designed to prevent unauthorized access to a document.
  • Ability to restrict certain operations, such as printing, editing or extracting file content, by assigning permission passwords.
  • Support for the latest encryption standards.
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Metadata export

ABBYY FineReader Engine enables export of metadata (bookmarks, hyperlinks, cross-references, etc.)

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Conversion to PDF/A format

PDF/A format is a standard for long-term preservation of documents. ABBYY’s technologies allow saving documents to PDF/A formats of different compliance levels: PDF/A-1a, PDF/A-1b, PDF/A-2a, PDF/-2b, PDF/A-2u and PDF/A-3a and PDF/A-3b.

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Output in Tagged PDF format

A tagged PDF can be "reflowed" to fit different page or screen sizes such as screens of smartphones, tablets or reader devices used by visually impaired users.

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Chinese, Japanese, Korean to PDF export

Enables conversion of documents in Chinese (both simplified and traditional), Japanese and Korean into PDF format.

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Page size settings

Ability to set the size for all pages of an output file.

PDF (PDF/A) MRC compression

  • A special compression technology called MRC (Mixed Raster Content) is used to minimize the size of PDF and PDF/A files. Compressed files are significantly smaller while maintaining the original’s visual quality. MRC PDF compression technology is ideal when color documents are scanned and processed. The MRC technology offers better document appearance and up to 8-10x smaller file size than JPEG compression.
  • Document image files can be large due to image background, which often makes up to 90% of the file size. The MRC compression technology locates the color background and compresses to a high degree. Picture objects (diagrams, graphs, logos, photos, drawings, stamps, signatures, etc.) are also slightly compressed, but only to the extent, that does not lower visual quality. The resulting PDF is significantly smaller.
  • Document image files can be large due to image background, which often makes up to 90% of the file size. The MRC compression technology locates the color background and compresses to a high degree. Picture objects (diagrams, graphs, logos, photos, drawings, stamps, signatures, etc.) are also slightly compressed, but only to the extent, that does not lower visual quality. The resulting PDF is significantly smaller.
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PDF export profiles: quality and speed tuning

To achieve the optimal PDF conversions results, developers can use predefined export profiles that contain pre-set options for different requirements.

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MaxQuality

Optimizes the PDF (PDF/A) export to deliver the highest visual quality of the output file.

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Balanced

PDF (PDF/A) exports settings are balanced between the visual quality of the resulting file, its size and the time needed for processing.

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MinSize

PDF (PDF/A) exports are optimized to deliver minimum file size.

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MaxSpeed

PDF (PDF/A) exports are optimized to reach the highest processing speed.

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