ABBYY Hot Folder & Scheduling - A scheduling agent which allows you to select a folder with images and set the time for processing images in this folder. The images from the selected folder will be processed automatically at the specified time.

ABBYY Screenshot Reader - An application which allows you to create screenshots and recognize texts on them.

Automated task - A sequence of steps, each corresponding to a particular processing routine. ABBYY FineReader 8.0 includes five automated tasks which are ready for use and do not require any additional settings. You can also create your own automated tasks to suit your needs. Automated tasks are launched from the menu of the Scan&Read button.

Automation Manager - A built-in manager which allows you to run an automated task, create and modify automated tasks, and delete custom automated tasks which you no longer use.


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

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

Activation File - A file issued by ABBYY to each user of ABBYY 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 - Indicates the block that is currently ready to have actions (e.g. deleting, changing type, etc.) applied to it. The active block frame is bold and there are "squares" in its corners.

ADF (Automatic Document Feeder) - A device that automatically feeds documents through a scanner. A scanner with an ADF can scan any number of pages without manual intervention. ABBYY FineReader also supports scanning multiple images.


Background recognition - A special recognition mode that allows the user to edit and save already recognized pages while ABBYY FineReader recognizes other pages.

Barcode - A block that is used for barcode image areas.

Batch - A folder that contains image files, recognized text files and other ABBYY FineReader information files. There may be up to 9,999 pages in a batch. It is useful to save similar pages (such as all pages from the same book, those in the same language, or images with the same layout) in the same batch to streamline the work process.

Block  -  a framed image area.

Blocks template - a description of blocks sizes and location on the page. A particular blocks template can be used to recognize pages of similar layout.

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

Blocks template - a description of blocks sizes and location on the page. A particular blocks template can be used to recognize pages of similar layout.

Brightness - A scanning parameter that indicates the contrast between black and white image areas. Setting correct brightness increases recognition quality.

Brightness autotuning - Automatic brightness tuning performed either by the scanner or by ABBYY FineReader. The autotuning process sets the brightness for every image area separately. 

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Code page - A table that sets the interrelation between the character codes and the characters themselves. Users can select the characters they need from the set found in the code page.

Compound word - A word made up of two or more stems (general meaning); a word not found in the dictionary, but potentially made up of two or more terms found in the dictionary (ABBYY FineReader meaning).


Despeckle image  - Delete excess small black dots from an image.

Document Open password - A password which prevents the users from opening a PDF document unless they type the password the author specified.

dpi (Dots per Inch) - How resolution is measured.

Document properties - Properties which are assigned to a document and allow the user to sort or find files. These properties contain the title of the document, the name of its author, its subject and keywords.

Driver - A program controlling a computer peripheral (e.g., a scanner, a monitor, etc).


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

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Ignored characters - Any non–letter characters found in words (e.g. syllable characters or stress marks). These characters are ignored during the spell check. 

Image type - A scanning parameter that determines whether an image must be scanned in black and white, gray or color mode.

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

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


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License Manager - A utility used for managing ABBYY FineReader licenses and activating ABBYY FineReader 8.0 Corporate Edition.

Ligature - A combination of two or more "glued" characters, for example, fi, fl, ffi, etc. These characters are difficult to separate because they are usually "glued" in print. Treating them as a single compound character improves scanning accuracy.


Monospaced font - A font (such as Courier New) in which all characters are equally spaced.  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 that recognizes characters set in any font and font size without prior training.

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

Options set - The total of option values specified on the Scan/Open, Read, Check Spelling and Save tabs of the Options dialog, Formats Settings and Legacy Options  dialogs. Options sets also include user languages and patterns. Options sets can be saved and then used (loaded) in other ABBYY FineReader batches.

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Page layout - A combination of the way text, tables and pictures are arranged on a page, the way text is arranged into paragraphs, the font and font size of the text, the number of text columns, the character and background color, and the 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 (the character image and the character itself) that is created during pattern training. A pattern provides additional information during recognition.

PDF security settings - Restrictions that can prevent a PDF document from being opened, edited, copied or printed. These settings include Document Open passwords, Permissions passwords and encryption levels.

Permissions password - A password which prevents the users from printing and editing a PDF document unless they type the password the author specified. If some security settings are selected for the document the users will not be able to change these settings until they type the password you specify.

Picture - A block that is used for image areas that contain pictures. This type of block may enclose an actual picture or any other object that should be displayed as a picture (e.g. a section of text).

Primary form - The form of words in dictionary.

Prohibited characters - If certain characters will never be found in recognized text, they may be specified in a set of prohibited characters in the language group properties. Specifying these characters increases the speed and quality of recognition. To specify a set of prohibited characters, click on Advanced 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.


Recognition Area - A block that is used for automatic recognition and analysis. After the 2–Read button is clicked, all blocks of this type will be automatically analyzed and recognized.

Resolution - A scanning parameter determining how many dpi to use during scanning. Resolution of 300 dpi should be used for texts set in 10pt font size and larger, 400 to 600 dpi is preferable 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 ABBYY FineReader button. Click it to have ABBYY FineReader scan and recognize your image(s).

Scan&Read Wizard - Runs a special Scan&Read mode. ABBYY FineReader guides you through document processing and provides advice on getting best results.

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 should be set; for texts printed on a dot matrix printer in draft mode, the Dot Matrix Printer mode should be set.

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Table - A block that is used for table image areas or for areas of text that are structured in a table. When the application reads this type of block, it draws vertical and horizontal separators inside the block to form a table. This block is represented as a table in the output text.

Tagged PDF - A PDF document which contains information about the document structure such as logical parts, pictures, tables, etc. This structure is expressed via "PDF tags". A PDF file equipped with the tags may be reflowed to fit different screen sizes and will be displayed well on handheld devices.

Text - A block that contains text areas. Note that Text blocks should only contain single-column text.

Training - Creating pairs of a character image and the character itself. See the "Recognition with Training" section for details.

TWAIN, TWAIN dialog - A scanner dialog.


Uncertain characters - Characters recognized with a certain degree of uncertainty. ABBYY FineReader marks characters that may be incorrectly recognized.

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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