ABBYY FineReader

What is ABBYY FineReader?

ABBYY FineReader is an optical character recognition (OCR) system. It is used to convert scanned documents, PDF documents, and image files into editable formats.

In ABBYY Fine Reader 11 you can:

  • Create e-books
  • Work with additional languages such as Arabic, Vietnamese, and Turkmen
  • Use Business Card Reader to quickly convert paper business cards into electronic contacts.

Getting Started

Open your Abby Finder Reader 11 program.

When you first start the program you will see a window like this:

This is the main window. There is a new task window inside the main window. In the new task window, you can set up and launch a built-in task or custom automated task.

In this example, we will be scanning pages from a book into a searchable PDF.

Click the task tab common (this is usually the default) and click the task button, “Scan to Searchable PDF.”

A pop up window with scanner settings will appear.  Make sure to click the “Preview” button in the lower left-hand corner to make sure that you are scanning the complete image. When you are satisfied with the preview, click “Scan.”

A progress bar will keep track of progress.

When you have scanned all the pages that you want, click “Cancel.”

The green highlighted section represents text. While the pink highlighted section represents images. Sometimes, text is incorrectly recognized as an image. In order to delete incorrect images, simply click on the pink areas and press “Delete” on your keyboard. This will remove the false image recognition. (Make note about rescanning for text after removing incorrect images.)

The pages highlighted blue in the text windows means that ABBYY FineReader is unsure of characters used on those pages. You can verify the symbols by clicking on the page and…(demonstrate how to verify or change, if need be, ABBYY’s uncertainties).

When you are done with your verification, you can save this page as a searchable PDF.

Click the “Send” button in the main tool bar in order to save the document(s) you have created. Another way to do this is by going to the File menu and the sub menu, “Save Document As…”


ABBYY will then generate a searchable PDF document.

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