Version History

Below you can find features overview from version 5.0 to 11.

What's New in ABBYY FineReader Engine 5.0 (Released: 05/2001)
  • Recognition quality improved by 1.5-2 times compared to 4.0 version
  • Saves in HTML and PDF format with full page layout retention
  • Full text color retention
  • Recognition of subscript characters and simple chemical formulas
  • Vertical text recognition and recognition of pictures "embedded" in table cells
  • Dual page splitting
  • 176 recognition languages, including programming languages Basic, C/C++, COBOL, Fortran, JAVA, Pascal, and new language dictionaries
  • Component Object Model (COM) API accessible from any development environment supporting COM interface (Visual Basic .NET, C/C++ etc.)
  • API to create user languages and dictionaries
  • Tools for training of user patterns for machine print characters via FineReader training dialog
  • New HTML Help with context-sensitive topics accessible directly from VB Object Browser
What's New in ABBYY FineReader Engine 6.0 (Released: 08/2002)
  • Improved algorithm for the recognition of poor print quality documents. The improved algorithm incorporates a new adaptive image binarization method and a new method of background removal, and is particularly effective in the case of images scanned in "gray" mode
  • New PDF saving mode — "Image only"
  • Save text alignment in Excel format
  • Save nonrectangular pictures in RTF format, recreate bullets and numbering
  • 177 recognition languages
  • New recognition fonts are supported: OCR-A, OCR-B and MICR (E13B)
  • Fast mode available in all FineReader 6.0 Engine versions except the FineReader 6.0 Engine Standard. This mode provides faster recognition with worse image quality
  • New features in ASCII version: the ability to preprocess image files, to recognize multi-page image files, to work with memory images
  • New license Manager utility
What's New in ABBYY FineReader Engine 7.0/7.1 (Released: 07/2004)
  • Recognition quality improved by approximately 25%
  • Opening and processing of PDF files
  • New recognition languages: Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese and Japanese languages
  • Old European languages have been added: Old English, Old French, Old German, Old Italian, and Old Spanish
  • Recognition of Fraktur/Black Letter fonts
  • Support for JPEG2000 part 1
  • Opening a selected page from a multi-page TIFF or PDF file
  • New method for analysis and recognition of barcodes
  • Support for new types of 1D barcodes: CODABAR without checksum, UCC Code 128, Industrial 2of5, IATA 2of5, Matrix 2of5, Code 93, UPC-A, and UPC-E
  • Microsoft Word XML and ASCII XML output
  • Export to MS PowerPoint
  • Improved DA for invoices; detection of page orientation; 1D barcode detection, including detection of barcodes at any angle
  • Improved detection and analysis of tables, particularly of tables without printed grid lines and tables with color rows and columns
  • Improved adaptive binarization and background filtering
  • New dictionaries added: law and medical dictionaries for the languages English and German
  • Saving recognition results as linearized PDF files: the user will see the first pages of a PDF before the entire file has been downloaded
  • Improved saving of edited texts in PDF format
  • Numerous improvements of export to HTML and RTF formats
  • Network runtime licenses available
  • Support for form and semi-structured document processing with support for ABBYY FormReader and FlexiCapture
  • New recognition languages for ICR: Hungarian, Greek, and Croatian
  • Arabic ICR digits
  • Fast Mode for ICR
What's New in ABBYY FineReader Engine 8.0/8.1 (Released: 09/2005)
  • Voting API support
  • Field-level recognition enhancements: fast mode for ICR better text extraction from underlined fields, text block despeckling, better results on fields with spaces, dictionary with space-containing words
  • PDF/A Support
  • Up to 30 percent accuracy improvement on low resolution documents and faxes
  • Up to 40 percent accuracy improvement on documents captured by using a digital camera
  • Ability to straighten text lines on images taken by digital cameras
  • New input image formats (GIF and DjVu)
  • Balanced Processing Mode for OCR
  • New Document Analysis for Full Text Indexing
  • Improved PDF processing and creation, up to 2 times faster processing, accuracy improvement, enhanced security options, tagged PDF files, control of PDF page sizes
  • Support for New Barcode Type — EAN 13 Supplemental
  • CMC7 Text Type Support
  • Additional Support for external dictionaries
  • Forms and semi-structured documents processing improvements
  • Ability to load Engine's subsystems on demand or preliminarily
  • Ability to get all possible hypotheses for recognized words and characters
  • Ability to trace Engine's calls in a log file
  • "On the fly" core recognition tuning
  • New Language for OCR: Thai
  • New Language for OCR: Hebrew
  • Expanded Asian Language Support for PDF and RTF Export
  • Saving External Data in Engine Profiles
What's New in ABBYY FineReader Engine 9.0 (Released: 10/2008)
  • Adaptive Document Recognition Technology (ADRT):

Documents generated by ADRT have consistent formatting across all pages of a document since they are processed as a unit.

  • Multi-Page processing through new Document specific API:

The new API objects allow you to set up the parameters of page and document synthesis separately.

  • Multi CPU / Multi Core Recognition Architecture:

Utilises all CPU cores during analysis and recognition of multi page documents.

  • New 2D barcode types: Aztec 2D, Data Matrix 2D QR Code 2D
  • New Image preprocessing capabilities:

Detection of an image rotation up to 20 degrees, deskew by horizontal and vertical pairs of black squares, lines and lines of text.

  • Visual Components — Scan Interface, Document Viewer, Image Viewer, Text Editor, Text Validator:

Developers can give users direct but controlled access to recognition results and functions for validation or checking of documents.

  • Improved Asian Language OCR Support for Chinese, Japanese and Korean
  • XML-based Office 2007 File Formats: DOCX, XLSX

Export recognized documents to the new, open interoperable, robust XML based formats that were introduced in Microsoft Office 2007

  • MRC (Mixed Raster Content) Compression for PDF and PDF/A:

MRC compression achieves significantly better file compression without visible degradation of document representation. Significant reduced file size, up to 10 times smaller compared to JPEG compression.

  • Licensing: Extended CPU Core Support

New licensing schema allows an unlimited number of cores with page limited licenses.

  • Licensing: CPU core based licenses

New offer of licenses without a page counter, Pricing is based on the maximum number of CPU cores that can be used instead.

  • Licensing: Maximum Speed Limitation
  • Data capture functionality, which was previously offered as the FormReader batch and FlexiLayout processing add-ons will soon be available through a separate Engine SDK — ABBYY FlexiCapture Engine. Please contact your ABBYY Sales representative for more information.
What's New in ABBYY FineReader Engine 10 (Released: 08/2010)
  • FineReader Engine usage scenarios and profiles
  • Adaptive Document Recognition Technology (ADRT) improvements:

Constructing a document map and table of contents, processing picture captions, new API for the results of document structure synthesis.

  • New and improved language recognition:

Arabic language recognition, improved Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Hebrew, Vietnamese, Old European recognition.

  • Parallel processing of batches of documents
  • Improved OCR of low resolution documents
  • New image preprocessing capabilities:

Improved image binarization, image color filtering, photo preprocessing: correction of 3D perspective distortions, blur correction, ISO noise reduction.

  • ICR improvements for European languages
  • Improved barcode recognition
  • Speed improvements:

Normal recognition mode has become faster, multi-core support has been improved.

  • New Visual Components
  • New export formats: ALTO, FB2, EPUB

Export recognized documents to the formats of electronic books.

  • New message languages:

Brazilian, Korean, Chinese (PRC), Chinese (Taiwan), Danish, Greek.

  • PDF conversion improvements:

PDF (PDF/A) export may be adjusted much easier by setting only a few parameters, improved PDF MRC export.

What's New in ABBYY FineReader Engine 11 (Released: 10/2013)
  • Native 64-bit support
  • Document classification

Train classifiers (supporting custom document features) and use them to identify document types.

  • Business card recognition and export to vCard format
  • New and improved language recognition:

Old Slavonic and Farsi language recognition, improved Arabic, Latin, Azerbaijani, Russian (old spelling), Turkmen recognition. New languages available for ICR: Danish, Norwegian (Bokmal), Norwegian (Nynorsk), Old English, Serbian (Cyrillic), Tajik.

  • User dictionaries

User dictionaries can be created for any language, including Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

  • OCR and ICR improvements:

Improved table detection, vertical text detection for all languages, new profile for technical drawings recognition, access to fonts used during document synthesis, improved text type detection.

  • New image preprocessing capabilities:

Noise removal, contrast enhancement, automatic crop and page splitting, detection of PDF text layer, ability to specify PDF rasterization resolution, extract PDF font names, color object filtering, special photo processing mode.

  • Scanning improvements:

Access extended properties of scanners, asynchronous scanning mode, filter available scanners by API and UI type.

  • Improved PDF export:

Large document export support, export in parallel processes, PDF/A-compliant export formats, support for linearized PDF files, text layer injection, export PDF attachments.

  • Other export improvements:

New XPS export format, various new export features for the PPTX, RTF, DOCX, XLSX, HTML, XML, TXT, EPUB, and FB2 formats.

  • Improved barcode recognition:

MaxiCode, Code 32, Full ASCII Code 39, Intelligent Mail barcode types, advanced barcode detection mode, new barcode recognition profile optimized for speed, low barcodes detection.

  • Japanese message language.
  • Licensing mechanism improvements:

Redundant license server configuration support, license server connection errors handling.

  • API improvements:

Layout cleaning, batch processing control, tracking object count, empty pages detection, and other.

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