Abbyy FR10

Author: Jesse de Does (INL)

ABBYY FineReader is a widely used, well-documented commercial product for text recognition in images. A complete overview of all members of the FR product line would be too much here, but the most relevant options are listed in table 1. It would not make sense, of course, to try to replace the existing end-user documentation; we can only give some first pointers.

Table 1: ABBYY finereader products

Product

Description

Comment

ABBYY FineReader 11 Professional Edition (http://finereader.abbyy.com/professional/)

Creates editable, searchable files and e-books from scans of paper documents, PDFs and digital photographs

Desktop product, not suitable for digitization workflows

ABBYY FineReader 11 Corporate Edition (http://finereader.abbyy.com/corporate/)

Solution for streamlining document processing among workgroups in business, government and academic environments.

Desktop and small office product, not suitable for digitization workflows

ABBYY FineReader online (http://finereader.abbyyonline.com/en)

Online web client for FR.

Does not support batch processing

ABBYY Cloud OCR SDK:  http://www.abbyy-developers.eu/en:onlineocrsdk:start ; pricing: ocrsdk.com/plans-and-pricing/ , api documentation at:ocrsdk.com/documentation/; examples for using the Cloud OCR SDK at https://github.com/abbyysdk/ocrsdk.com

Cloud-based online OCR service. The difference between this and the Engine SDK is that this has a web API instead of a local library interface.

Should be relatively easy to fit into any workflow system working with web service API’s. Many parameters can be set, but control is less than in in the engine (e.g. external dictionaries or pattern training during recognition are not possible).

ABBYY Recognition Server 3.5 (http://www.abbyy.com/recognition_server/)

Automated OCR server and document capture software. Server-based OCR solution designed for mid- to high-volume document processing tasks.

Manages aspects like distributed processing and job scheduling.

ABBYY FineReader Engine 11 for Windows  (http://www.abbyy.com/ocr_sdk_windows/)

Software Development Kit (SDK) for integrating ABBYY’s multilingual recognition and conversion technologies into external applications.

Allows control over all that can be controlled, but requires highly technical implementation work.