How to Convert a Document in Less Than a Minute?

The document input process includes four steps: scanning/opening, reading, spellcheck and saving the recognized text. You can OCR a paper document in one easy step by using an automated task, the Scan&Read or Open&Read commands or let the Scan&Read Wizard guide you through the individual steps of the process.

Converting paper documents

  1. Turn on your scanner prior to starting ABBYY FineReader.

    (Many scanner models require the unit to be turned on before starting your PC.)

  2. Next, turn on the computer and start ABBYY FineReader (Start>Programs>ABBYY FineReader 8.0 >ABBYY FineReader 8.0 Professional Edition or Corporate Edition). The main window of ABBYY FineReader will appear on your screen.
  3. Place the document on the scanner.
  4. Click the arrow to the right of the Scan&Read button in the main window. Select the appropriate item in the local menu:
  • The Scan&Read Wizard is a special Scan&Read/Open&Read mode during which you are guided through each step of the OCR process.

  • Scan & Read scans paper documents and recognizes the images.

  • Scan To PDF scans paper documents, recognizes the images and sends the recognized text to Adobe Acrobat/Reader.

  • Scan To Word scans paper documents, recognizes the images and sends the recognized text to Microsoft Word.

Once scanning is complete, the scanned document will appear in the Image window. Then ABBYY FineReader will start reading the image and analyzing its layout. Recognized text will be shown highlighted in blue within the document. The recognized data will also be displayed as editable text in the Text window. After that ABBYY FineReader will send the recognized text to an application of your choice or save the recognized text to a file of a format and location you selected.

Processing images and PDF documents

If you wish to open and recognize image or PDF files, select one of the menu items:

More details on:
Page layout analysis 
Checking the recognized text
Saving the recognized text
Automated tasks
Supported image formats
Supported document saving formats
Installing ABBYY FineReader