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ABBYY Announces Professional OCR Tool for Mac Users

FineReader Pro for Mac Enables Document Scanning and Conversion Tasks of Any Complexity; Essential Tool to Edit, Share, Copy and Quote Information Sealed in Documents and Images

Theale, UK (December 5, 2013) — ABBYY®, a leading provider of document recognition, data capture and linguistic technologies and services, today announced FineReader Pro for Mac, a professional OCR (Optical Character Recognition) application for efficient document scanning and conversion on the Mac platform. The new application allows Mac users to easily edit, share, archive and search through their documents by turning them into popular electronic file formats, as well as effortlessly copy and quote text from scans, PDFs and digital photos. By providing highly accurate text recognition, intelligent reconstruction of layout and formatting, and a straightforward interface, FineReader Pro for Mac offers a reliable alternative to manual retyping.

"Professional grade OCR solutions have not previously been available for the Mac platform, leaving many users to have to deal with scaled down feature sets and miss out on much of the potential of having OCR technology as part of their workflow," said Ivan Bodyagin, director of the FineReader Products Department at ABBYY. "FineReader Pro for Mac is designed to provide the functionality and performance to support a wide spectrum of needs, from casual document conversion tasks to rather complex projects. With its availability, Mac users can finally realize the full benefits of OCR technology."

Aimed to simplify everyday work with documents and images, FineReader Pro for Mac streamlines tasks which have historically been time-consuming for Mac users. The solution provides handy tools for scanning documents and converting images of documents such as scans, photographs and PDFs into popular formats including DOCX, ODT, RTF, XLSX, searchable and protected PDF and PDF/A, PPTX, HTML, EPUB®, and FB2. In addition, it allows users to process and recognize only selected areas on a document to quickly copy and quote information they need without having to process the entire document. FineReader Pro for Mac can also be effectively used to prepare documents for use by various text-to-speech utilities.

Key features include:

  • Unmatched OCR Accuracy and Broadest Language Support on Mac — FineReader Pro for Mac is based on ABBYY's award-winning OCR and document conversion technology that delivers up to 99.8 percent accuracy* of character recognition. Moreover, it automatically detects and recognizes text in more than 180 languages including European languages, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Hebrew and Arabic — in any combination.
  • Converting to Microsoft® Word, PDF, and Apache OpenOffice Writer with Native Formatting — With ABBYY's intelligent Adaptive Document Recognition Technology (ADRT®), FineReader Pro for Mac precisely re-creates document structure and formatting across multiple pages, including text size and font styles, tables, diagrams, columns, headers, footers, footnotes, table of contents, page numbers and other attributes commonly found in multi-page documents. When saving to PDF, the application identifies and reproduces the document's content outline bookmarks with live links for better navigating and reading.
  • Intuitive, Task-Oriented User Interface — FineReader Pro for Mac offers a highly-optimized, easy-to-navigate user interface designed to reduce the amount of steps typically required to process documents to a single click of a button.
  • Digital Camera OCR and Image Pre-processing — Users can photograph documents for OCR and conversion by using their cameras and mobile devices as alternatives to common scanners. Depending on the image, FineReader Pro for Mac applies various image pre-processing options to correct possible distortions before recognition. With its versatile Image Editor, users can also correct brightness and contrast, straighten curved text lines, correct trapezium distortions, reduce ISO noise, remove motion blur, split dual pages, crop images, and more.
  • Reliable Archiving and Sharing of PDFs — FineReader Pro for Mac allows users to truly leverage the PDF format in their daily work by turning documents into searchable, compressed and protected PDF files. It can also create PDF outlines for fast navigation across a document, support tagged PDFs that are optimized for portable and screen reader devices, and export to the PDF/A format for long-term archiving.
  • Quick E-book Creation — The application can be easily used to convert paper documents and images to formats supported by e-book readers, tablet PCs and smartphones, including the popular Electronic Publication (.ePub) and FictionBook (.fb2) formats.

Availability
FineReader Pro for Mac is now available for purchase via the Mac App Store and the ABBYY Online store. Users of ABBYY FineReader Express Edition for Mac can upgrade their copy to the full professional version of FineReader at a special price. For more information about the product and pricing, please visit www.abbyy.com/finereader_for_mac/ .

*According to internal ABBYY testing. Accuracy and formatting results can vary depending on factors such as document quality and scanner settings.

About ABBYY Europe GmbH
ABBYY Europe GmbH is a member of the ABBYY Group supporting sales and marketing activities in Western Europe. ABBYY is a leading provider of document recognition, data capture, and linguistic technologies and services. Its products include the ABBYY FineReader line of optical character recognition (OCR) applications, ABBYY FlexiCapture line of data capture solutions, ABBYY Lingvo dictionary software, and development tools. ABBYY offers Professional Services to help customers implementing business solutions based on ABBYY's products. Paper-intensive organizations from all over the world use ABBYY solutions to automate time- and labour-consuming tasks and to streamline business processes. ABBYY products are used in large-scale government projects such as those of Australian Taxation Office, Lithuanian Tax Inspectorate, Ministry of Education of Russia, Ministry of Education of Ukraine, and Montgomery County Government of the USA. Companies that license ABBYY technologies include BancTec, Canon, EMC/Captiva, Hewlett-Packard, KnowledgeLake, Microsoft, NewSoft, Notable Solutions, Samsung Electronics and more. ABBYY OCR applications are shipped with equipment from the world's top manufacturers such as Epson, Fujitsu, Fuji Xerox, Microtek, Panasonic, Plustek, Toshiba, and Xerox. ABBYY is headquartered in Moscow, Russia, with offices in Germany, the UK, the United States, Canada, Ukraine, Cyprus, Australia, Japan and Taiwan. For more information, visit www.ABBYY.com.

ABBYY, the ABBYY Logo, FineReader, ADRT, Lingvo, FlexiCapture, and PDF Transformer are either registered trademarks or trademarks of ABBYY Software Ltd. Other product names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners and are hereby recognized.

For more information, please contact:
ABBYY
Colin Miller
Elsenheimerstrasse 49
80687 Munich, Germany
Tel.: +49 (0) 89 511 159-0
Fax: +49 (0) 89 511 159
E-Mail: [email protected]
Web: www.ABBYY.com

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