Abbreviation - a shortened form of a word or phrase used to represent the whole, for example, Microsoft-DOS (for Microsoft Disk Operating System), UN (for United Nations) etc.

Activation is the process of obtaining a special code from ABBYY which allows the user to use his copy of the software in full-function mode on a given computer.

Activation Code is a code that is issued by ABBYY to each user of FineReader Professional Edition during the activation procedure. The Activation Code is required to activate FineReader on the computer on which the Installation ID has been generated.

Activation File is a file that is issued by ABBYY to each user of FineReader Corporate Edition during the activation procedure. The Activation File contains information required to activate the software on the server or on a standalone computer as the case may be. From the server, the product will be activated on workstations.

Active block - block you apply actions to (e.g. deleting, type changing etc.). The active block frame is bold and there are "squares" in its corners.

ADF (Automatic Document Feeder) - a scanner device for automatic document feeding. A scanner with ADF lets you can any number of pages without performing any manual operations. FineReader also supports scanning multiple images.


Background recognition - a special recognition mode. You may edit and save the already recognized pages while having FineReader recognize other pages at the same time.

Batch - a folder containing image files, recognized text files and other FineReader information files. There may be up to 9999 pages in a batch. You may find useful to save the "same" pages in the same batch. That is, if you keep, say, all pages from the same a book in the same batch, or keep texts in the same language or images with the same layout in the same batch, and so on, you will find your work much easier.

Block - a framed image area.

Block template -  a particular block arrangement to be used in recognizing pages of similar layout. A block template may be saved in a special file.

Block type - each block has a type. The following block types are available in FineReader: Recognition Area, Text, Picture, Table and Barcode.

Brightness - a scanning parameter reflecting the contrast between black and white image areas. Setting correct brightness increases the recognition quality.

Brightness autotuning - automatic brightness tuning performed either by scanner or FineReader. During autotuning the brightness is set for every image area separately. 

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Code page - a table which sets the interrelation between the character codes and the characters themselves. FineReader displays the code page as a set of characters from which you may select the ones you need.  

Compound word - a word made up of two or more stems (general meaning); a word not found in the dictionary, but possible to be made up of the dictionary words (FineReader meaning).


Despeckle image  - delete excess small black dots from image.

dpi (Dots per Inch) - the resolution measure unit, i.e. the number of dots per inch. 

Driver - a program controlling a device (e.g., a scanner, a display, etc).


Font effects - certain variations of a font outlook (i.e. bold, italic, underlined, strikethrough, subscript, superscript, small caps).

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Hot folder is a special folder monitored by FineReader. Any new images added to this folder will be automatically opened in the FineReader window.

Ignored characters - any non-letter characters that can be found in a word, e.g. syllable characters or stress marks. These characters are ignored during the spelling check. 

Image type - a scanning parameter determining whether an image must be scanned in black and white, gray or color palette.

Installation ID is a computer code that is generated on basis of the PC hardware parameters.

Inverted image - an image with white characters against a dark background.


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License Manager is a utility that is used for managing FineReader licenses and activating ABBYY FineReader 7.0 Corporate Edition.

Ligature - a combination of two or more "glued" characters, for example, fi, fl, ffi etc. These characters are difficult to divide into separate ones because they are usually "glued" in print. They are better treated as a "single" compound character.


Monospaced font - all the characters of a monospaced font are of the same width. An example of a monospaced font is the Courier New font. Select the Typewriter item on the Print Type group (Recognition tab) to increase the recognition quality of documents set in monospaced fonts.


Omnifont system - a recognition system which recognizes characters set in any font and font size without prior training.

Open&Read - processes an image file: opens, analyzes the page layout and recognizes it.

Optional hyphen - a hyphen (¬) that indicates where exactly a word or word combination should be split if it occurs at the end of a line (e.g. "autoformat" should be split "auto-format"). FineReader replaces all hyphens found in dictionary words with the optional hyphens.

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Page layout is made up of the following: the way text, tables and pictures are arranged on a page, the way text is arranged into paragraphs, the font and font size the text is set in, the number of text columns, character and background color, text orientation.

Page layout analysis (drawing blocks) - a process of analyzing the page layout and enclosing different image areas in blocks according to the layout. Blocks may be of different types. Page layout analysis may be performed automatically in a coupled recognition/page layout analysis procedure (run by clicking the 2-Read button) or manually. 

Paradigm - the set of all grammatical forms of a word.

Pattern - a set of pairs "a character image - a character itself" created during pattern training. A pattern is used as a source of additional information during recognition.

Primary form - a form in which words are given in dictionary.

Prohibited characters - In some cases you are sure that certain characters will never be found in the texts you recognize. You may then specify the set of such characters (called prohibited characters) in the language group properties. Specifying such characters may considerably increase the speed and quality of recognition. To specify the set of prohibited characters, click the Advanced button in the Language Group Properties dialog. The Advanced language group properties dialog will open. Specify the set of prohibited characters in the Prohibited characters line. 


Resolution - a scanning parameter determining how many dpi to use during scanning.  Resolution of 300 dpi is good for texts set in 10pt font size and larger, 400-600 dpi is good for texts of smaller font size (9pt and less). 

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Scanner - a device for inputting images into computer.

Scan&Read - the main FineReader button. Click it to have FineReader scan and recognize your image(s).

Scan&Read Wizard - runs a special scan&read mode. FineReader guides you through the document processing process and advises you what you should do to get this or that result.

Source Text Print Type - a parameter reflecting how the source text was printed (on a laser printer or equivalent, on a matrix printer in the draft mode, on a typewriter). For laser-printed texts the Auto mode should be set, for typewritten texts - the Typewriter mode, for texts printed on a dot matrix printer in the draft mode - the Dot Matrix Printer mode.

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Training - creating pairs "a character image - character itself". See Recognition with training for details.

TWAIN, TWAIN dialog - a scanner dialog.


Uncertain characters - characters recognized with a certain degree of uncertainty. If FineReader just isn't sure if it recognized a certain character correctly, it marks it as uncertain character.

Uncertain words - words containing one or several uncertain characters.

Unicode - a standard developed by The Unicode Consortium (Unicode, Inc.). The standard is a 16-bit international encoding system for processing texts written in the main world languages. The standard is easily extended. The Unicode Standard determines the character encoding as well as properties and procedures used in processing texts written in a certain language.

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