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ABBYY FineReader 8.0 Professional Edition


ABBYY FineReader 8.0 Professional Edition is the latest version of ABBYY's award-winning Optical Character Recognition software that delivers superior OCR and PDF conversion capabilities. In today's world we're always short of time - so why spend hours retyping? Use ABBYY FineReader OCR to recognize your documents and save 14 minutes on average with each page!

ABBYY FineReader 8.0 Professional Edition is an ideal OCR application for users who demand the highest level of recognition accuracy and format retention. An excellent time-saving solution, FineReader OCR allows you to convert and edit a variety of paper documents and electronic files, including PDF files and scanned pages of books, magazines, newspapers, legal documents, contracts, faxes, letters, brochures and much more!

Operating System required: Microsoft® Windows® 2000/XP/2003/Vista

Full version - choose delivery method
Download version* 139 Euro / 89 Pound
Boxed version
(includes printed User’s Guide)
149 Euro / 99 Pound
Upgrade version - choose delivery method
If you have a previous version of ABBYY FineReader or other ABBYY product, you can buy this upgrade version**
Download version* 99 Euro / 65 Pound

Enhanced OCR Accuracy

Up to 30 Percent *** Accuracy Improvement for Low-Quality Documents

ABBYY FineReader 8.0 offers an overall accuracy improvement with considerably increased accuracy for low-quality documents such as paper documents scanned at low resolution and faxes. These types of documents are traditionally more difficult for OCR software to read, and ABBYY FineReader now handles them with greater accuracy, delivering up to 30 percent improvement on faxes. FineReader’s newest image pre-processing technologies result in a 15 percent *** increase in accuracy when reading low-resolution documents, such as those scanned at 200 dpi or originating from multifunction devices.

Greater Accuracy with Integrated Microsoft Word Custom Dictionary

Integrated support for Microsoft Word custom dictionaries and the ability to use these dictionaries in the recognition process ensure correct recognition of user-specific words.

Digital Camera OCR

ABBYY FineReader 8.0 breaks new ground with new special processing algorithms for document images taken with digital cameras. ABBYY FineReader identifies photographed documents and applies ABBYY’s new adaptive recognition technology for camera images for the best OCR results. FineReader 8.0 delivers an average improvement of 40% over version 7.0 in processing such images. ABBYY FineReader 8.0 opens the door to Camera OCR. Now you are not limited to a scanner to capture documents – you can use a digital camera **** as well.

Faster, Smarter PDF Conversion

Intelligent PDF Conversion Process

ABBYY FineReader 8.0 delivers superior accuracy in PDF file conversion with its dual-option approach. When processing PDF files, FineReader determines whether or not text is embedded, examines the integrity of the text layer and makes a decision as to whether to extract the text or apply OCR. It examines each block individually, and selects the most appropriate method to apply to each block. This advanced technology makes PDF conversion more accurate and up to two times ***  faster.

If necessary, advanced users can select "Recognise PDF as Image" mode to process all PDF documents as images.

PDF Security Settings and Encryption Support

ABBYY FineReader 8.0 supports the following PDF security settings, making it well suited for professionals working in government agencies and other organizations demanding high security. FineReader:

  • Supports “open file” password settings designed to prevent unauthorized access to a document.
  • Allows users to restrict certain operations, such as printing, editing or extracting file content, by assigning permission passwords.
  • Supports RC4-based 40-bit, 128-bit, and AES (Advanced Encryption Standard)-based 128-bit encryption, which is adopted by the U.S. government as the document security standard.
Document Properties

When converting PDF files, FineReader captures PDF document properties defined by the author, such as Title, Subject, Author, and Keywords, and transfers that information to a similar location in the output documents. Supported formats include: DOC, RTF, XLS, HTML, PDF, and LIT.

PDF Output in Tagged PDF Format

ABBYY FineReader now supports output to Tagged PDF format that can be "reflowed" to fit different page or screen widths. This makes it easy to create PDF files that are optimized for handheld devices such as PDAs or screen readers which are typically used by visually impaired users.

Links in PDF Files

When converting PDF files, FineReader will recreate internal links and hyperlinks within a PDF file. For example, if the table of contents in the PDF file has links to document pages, these internal links will be reconstructed in the Microsoft Word document.

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Other Enhancements in PDF Conversion
  • Send results to Adobe Acrobat/Adobe Reader. Recognized documents can now be sent directly to Adobe Acrobat/Adobe Reader without previously saving to the hard disk.
  • Page size. Now users can set the same size for all pages of a multi-page output PDF file, which means that users will not need to spend time adjusting individual page sizes after saving in PDF.
  • New default saving mode. To reduce the size of PDF files, ABBYY FineReader 8.0 defaults to “Text and pictures only” mode.

Automation Manager: Faster Document Processing

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A new Automation Manager allows you to perform the multiple steps of document or PDF conversion with a single mouse click. FineReader’s simple drop-down menus offer pre-defined automated tasks for the most common document processing routines:

  • PDF/Images to Word
  • Scan to PDF
  • Scan to Word

Simply select one of the options, and the program performs the entire multi-step process automatically.

You can also create your own automated tasks using the Automation Wizard. The Wizard guides you through the steps of creating new automated tasks. Tasks can be created and customized based on the commands and options in ABBYY FineReader 8.0, so you can quickly and easily fine-tune the process to perform very specific tasks automatically. For example, you could perform recognition and save the results into two different formats (such as Word and PDF) with a single mouse click. Once you have created some useful automated tasks, you can export them as a file and share with your colleagues and friends.

Fast Mode Recognition

ABBYY FineReader 8.0 now offers a “fast mode recognition” option which increases speed by up 2.5 times when full analysis and processing are not necessary. This option is ideal when processing large batches of documents in which extracted text is used only for indexing (searchable archives), or large groups of documents with simple layouts and good printing and scanning quality.

Recognition and Re-creation of Hyperlinks

Showing greater knowledge of how text formatting works, FineReader is now able to “read” and reproduce hyperlinks. Text elements starting with http://, ftp://, file://, or mailto:// are now recognized by FineReader as hyperlinks and reproduced as functional links when sent to Microsoft Word, PDF and HTML. You can edit or remove detected hyperlinks in FineReader Editor or create new ones.

Bonus ABBYY Screenshot Reader Application 

ABBYY Screenshot Reader is an easy-to-use utility that lets you quickly capture screen images and perform “instant OCR” from the screen. It is ideal for pulling text, tables, or images from Web browser pages, flash presentations, Windows Explorer file menus, or error messages. Screenshot Reader is also an ideal “quick OCR” tool when you want to pull small quotes or a few sentences of text from a PDF or image file.

ABBYY Screenshot Reader ships with ABBYY FineReader 8.0 Professional Edition as a bonus application for registered users.

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Improvements in Document Pre-Processing

Correction of Wrong Image Resolution

This feature particularly improves recognition accuracy for low-resolution images, digital camera images and screenshots. Now, when adding an image to the batch, ABBYY FineReader checks whether it conforms to a set of standard parameters. Images with “bad” or suspect resolution are automatically corrected. Moreover, a user can set image resolution manually, if necessary.

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"Straighten Text Lines" Option

When scanning thick books, the text close to the binding is often distorted. A similar problem occurs when photographing documents: the lines of text close to the borders become distorted (as a result of optical distortions or because the document is placed on an uneven surface). FineReader offers a new "Straighten Text Lines" option for correcting such distortions.

New "Crop" Feature

ABBYY FineReader 8.0 offers a new “Crop” feature that helps users crop images manually or automatically. The "Crop" feature is useful for removing areas with big black borders from a scanned image, for reducing all the pages in the batch to one size (this is often required when saving to PDF), and for working with images obtained with a digital camera if an image contains unwanted areas around the text.

Defining Output Document Properties

ABBYY FineReader 8.0 now has a special function that allows you to define additional document properties, such as Title, Author, Subject and Keywords, and save this data to PDF, DOC/RTF, XLS, HTML, Word XML and LIT file formats. These properties can be used by the operating system and other software for indexing and searching saved files.

Changes to OCR Languages and Dictionaries

ABBYY FineReader continues to add to the long list of languages it can read. Version 8.0 now supports 179 recognition languages, including 36 with dictionary support. The main changes are as follows:

  • Two new recognition languages have been added: Uigur (Cyrillic) and Uigur (Latin).
  • Updated dictionaries for Danish, Dutch (Netherlands), Finnish, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian (Nynorsk and Bokmal), Polish, and Portuguese (Portugal). The improved dictionary support also enhances recognition quality for these languages.
  • Added dictionary support for recognition and spell check in the Slovenian and Bashkir languages.
  • German and English medical and legal dictionaries are now merged into the main dictionaries. Now users can perform OCR of English or German medical and legal texts without changing the recognition language.

Other Productivity Enhancements

Opening Multi-Page PDF and TIFF Files

If you do not need the entire document converted, you can open only selected pages of your multi-page PDF or TIFF files in ABBYY FineReader 8.0.

TIFF LZW Compression Support

ABBYY FineReader 8.0 can now open TIFF files with LZW compression.

New Saving Formats

The new version supports Microsoft Reader e-book .LIT output format for creating electronic books. Together with new tagged PDF format, they make transfer of paper materials to PDA devices fast and easy.

New RTF/DOC Saving Settings

“Retain layout” options have been modified to simplify the editing of saved files. If a user is planning a lot of editing and re-formatting in a recognized text document, he can save the document in the new mode that will keep the layout (columns, tables, paragraphs and fonts) close to original while allowing easy editing of the text.

New Options for Saving Documents with Embedded Pictures

ABBYY FineReader 8.0 features new options for saving pictures in output documents. Now it is possible to select color depth for pictures (color, grey or black and white) and compression methods. For example, if there are many color pictures in a document, you can save all pictures as grey or black and white, thus reducing output file size significantly. Additional options are also added for saving documents in PDF, HTML and PPT formats. When exporting to PDF, you can select the compression format for embedded pictures, and when saving to HTML and PPT, you can choose between the JPEG and PNG embedded picture formats.

You can set different parameters for each individual picture within the documents or select one “universal” setting for all pictures in the documents.

Support for Up-to-Date Intel Processors

ABBYY FineReader 8.0 supports up-to-date Intel Dual Core and Hyper-Threading technologies providing significant increase in productivity in the background recognition mode on the modern Intel processors.

Main Interface Updates

ABBYY FineReader 8.0 offers an updated interface design with new icons and additional changes that make the product easier to use. The main menu has been reorganized to make it simpler to find key functions. The “Options” and “Format Settings” dialogs have been redesigned, while advanced, legacy and rarely used options have been moved to a separate dialog box (Legacy Options). Context menus have been expanded with additional options.

Operating System required: Microsoft® Windows® 2000/XP/2003/Vista

Full version - choose delivery method
Download version* 139 Euro / 89 Pound
Boxed version
(includes printed User’s Guide)
149 Euro / 99 Pound
Upgrade version - choose delivery method
If you have a previous version of ABBYY FineReader or other ABBYY product, you can buy this upgrade version**
Download version* 99 Euro / 65 Pound

System Requirements

Processor Intel® Pentium®/Celeron®/Xeon™, AMD K6/Athlon™/Duron™/Sempron™ or compatible processor 500 MHz or higher
Operating System Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Vista ( to work with localized interfaces, corresponding language support is required)
Size of RAM 128 MB of RAM
Hard-disk Space 350 MB of hard-disk space for typical installation and program operation
  SVGA (800x600 or higher-resolution) video adapter and monitor
  Optional: TWAIN-compliant scanner, digital camera or fax-modem
  Keyboard, mouse or other pointing device

Supported Equipment

Supported scanners and MFPs

ABBYY FineReader supports all TWAIN-compatible scanners, multi-function peripherals (MFPs) and all-in-one devices, including:

Agfa Genius Primax
Avision HP Ricoh
BenQ Kodak Toshiba
Brother Lexmark Umax
Canon Microtek Visioneer
Dell Mustek Xerox
Epson Panasonic  
Fujitsu Plustek  

Supported Digital Cameras

ABBYY FineReader can recognize TIFF and JPEG files created by any digital cameras.

It's recommended to use a 4-megapixel digital camera, ideally equipped with the following features:

  • Flash disable mode
  • Manual aperture control or aperture priority mode
  • Manual focusing
  • An anti-shake feature
  • Optical zoom

An up-to-date list of tested equipment.

Recognition Languages

ABBYY FineReader 8.0 supports 179 recognition languages, including 36 languages with dictionary support. For languages with dictionary support you may use the FineReader spell-checking system. Here you can download additional recognition languages.

Interface languages

ABBYY FineReader 8.0 supports the following user interface languages:


Depending on distribution area the program may include different sets of interface languages. By default, ABBYY FineReader is installed with one interface language – according to user’s choice at the beginning of installation. ABBYY FineReader 8.0 versions (which are distributed via Internet) include a limited number of interface languages. This helps to reduce the file size and the time required for downloading. You can download additional interface languages, along with respective recognition languages, free of charge (see the instruction).

Input/Output Formats

File Input Formats

Format Description
BMP black and white, gray, color
PCX, DCX black and white, gray, color
JPEG gray, color
JPEG 2000 gray, color
PNG black and white, gray, color
TIFF black and white, gray, color (RGB, CMYK), multi-image. Methods of compression: Unpacked, CCITT Group 3, CCITT Group 3 FAX (2D), CCITT Group4, PackBits, JPEG, ZIP, LZW

Document Saving Formats

Format Description
DOC Microsoft Word 2003/XP/2000/97/95
XLS Microsoft Excel 2003/XP/2000/97/95
PPT Microsoft PowerPoint 2003/XP
RTF Rich Text Format
TXT Text; Unicode Text
PDF PDF (text and pictures only, page image only, text over the page image, text under the page image)
LIT Microsoft Reader eBook
XML Microsoft Word 2003 XML

The Professional Edition includes one per seat license.

* The download version is an unlimited full version of ABBYY FineReader 8.0 Professional Edition. Upon receipt of your payment we will send you detailed instructions on how to download and install the software. The size of the download file is 56 Mbytes.

** Upgrade is available from:
- ABBYY FineReader 4.0 StartUp/Standard/Professional,
- ABBYY FineReader 5.0 Home Edition/Pro/Office,
- ABBYY FineReader 6.0 Professional/Corporate Edition,
- ABBYY FineReader 7.0 Professional/Corporate Edition,
- ABBYY FineReader Sprint 4.0, 5.0, 6.0,
- ABBYY PDF Transformer 1.0,
- ABBYY ScanTo Office 1.0

Please make sure that you have a valid serial number for one of the above-mentioned previous versions. You will be asked to provide the serial number of your previous version during installation.

*** Improvement over version 7.0, according to ABBYY’s internal tests.

**** Recommended resolution: four megapixels or higher. 



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