ABBYY FineReader is an office application that allows users both to create and read PDF documents—even those made with all other PDF software packages. It supports the latest version of the PDF specification, which makes it compatible with files created today or 20 years ago. This should make it attractive for businesses of all sizes that need a PDF reader that's more sophisticated than the free one built into their computer.
Editing and commenting PDF files is only a fraction of what FineReader can do. The program comes with automatic PDF converter software. You can schedule it to process entire directories' worth of PDF files. It can also be configured to convert documents saved in a specific directory on-the-fly. The Hot Folder tool integrates with your local file system to handle the flow of documents. Once it's configured, everything is automatic and you don't need to touch the user interface to convert files.
FineReader uses optical character recognition (OCR) technology that is based on field-leading algorithms. It accurately converts paper documents and other scans to PDF computer files. ABBYY’s base package includes OCR and language recognition technology from Samsung, Panasonic, Fujitsu, and Xerox. It includes nearly 200 different recognition languages, including those that use ideographic character sets like Japanese.
Its list of input formats is also impressively long. Integrations are offered for nearly all Microsoft Office formats, and documents accessed in FineReader can be compared to one another. Companies interested in buying the software can purchase a one-user or corporate license. There's no annual renewal fee, though companies in the legal or medical industries can request a quote for a volume discount. Corporate users may also request a free trial.
Anyone who needs to edit, convert, and review PDF documents on a regular basis should find that ABBYY FineReader can automate their most common chores.