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ABBYY FineReader Online: convert images to text online!

  • What is OCR?

    OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition, a technology used to convert scanned documents, PDF files, and digital photos into editable formats. FineReader Online provides online file conversion from images to editable Microsoft® Word, Excel®, ODT, RTF, TXT, and searchable PDF.

    Learn more about OCR and ABBYY's technologies.

  • What interface languages are available?

    Currently, three interface languages are available: English, French and Russian. If you want to change the interface language, click on the appropriate language in the right-hand panel at the top.

  • What kinds of files can be processed?

    With ABBYY FineReader Online you can convert files online in any of the following formats:

    • *.jpg (*.jpeg)
    • *.tif (*.tiff)
    • *.pcx
    • *.dcx
    • *.bmp
    • *.png
    • *.gif
    • *.djvu, *.djv
    • *.pdf (except password-protected)
  • What format can I save the result to?

    You can choose one of the following output document formats to perform online OCR:

    • Microsoft Word 97-2003 Document (*.doc)
    • Microsoft Word 2007-2010 Document (*.docx)
    • Microsoft Excel 97-2003 Worksheet (*.xls)
    • Microsoft Excel 2007-2010 Workbook (*.xlsx)
    • OpenOffice.org Writer Document (*.odt)
    • Plain Text (*.txt)
    • RTF Document (*.rtf)
    • PDF Document (*.pdf)
    • PDF/A Document (*.pdf)
  • What OCR languages does ABBYY FineReader Online support?

    ABBYY FineReader Online can process documents in 42 languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, and Korean. You can select up to 3 languages at a time if you need to process a text written in more than one language. If you need more OCR languages, please consider buying the desktop version of ABBYY FineReader, which can process texts in 189 languages, including Thai, Vietnamese, and newly-added Arabic.

  • How can I convert files online with ABBYY FineReader Online?

    To recognize a file, follow the three easy steps below:

    1. Buy page credits
    2. Upload your file
    3. Download the results from the task history

    See the step-by-step guide for detailed instructions.

  • How can I receive the results of online file conversion?

    Once a document is successfully processed and saved in the format of your choice, you can download it from your task history. There you can see the status of your task:

    • "In progress" means that you need to wait while the server is processing your file;
    • "Done" means that the file has been processed and the results are available for download;
    • "Error" means that the system failed to process the file;
    • "Poor OCR quality. No page credits used" means that there are too many errors in the resulting documents and you have not been charged for the task.

    You can also download the results by clicking on the link in the e-mail message you received from the service. Clicking on this link gives you immediate access to your recognized document. This download method becomes available when you select "Send me a download link" on the FineReader Online page. The server will store the recognition results for 72 hours.

  • Does ABBYY FineReader Online differ in any way from the desktop version of ABBYY FineReader?

    Yes. ABBYY FineReader Online has been designed for basic OCR tasks. If you are looking for a professional OCR solution, then ABBYY FineReader Professional Edition is the best choice. ABBYY FineReader 11 Professional Edition offers the following features not available in FineReader Online:

    • Powerful tools for enhancing recognition accuracy and layout retention
    • Built-in WYSIWYG text editor for proofreading and correction of the recognized document before saving
    • 189 OCR languages, including Thai, Vietnamese, and Arabic
    • Easier Bulk Document Processing
    • Area Editor for manual selecting and correction of the areas (text, picture, table) of the document to be converted
    • Direct export to a variety of applications
    • Creation of electronic books in popular e-book formats
    • More export options
    • ABBYY Screenshot Reader — a bonus application for registered users, for instant capture of images and texts on the screen

    ABBYY FineReader Corporate Edition provides advanced features for automating OCR workflows. It is an ideal solution for distributed OCR projects and document processing within a network.

    Learn more about ABBYY FineReader.

    U.S. Patent Nos. 5,258,855, 5,369,508, 5,625,465, 5,768,416 and 6,094,505.

  • Can I use the service free of charge?

    By registering with FineReader Online, you will receive a number of free conversion pages. Additional FineReader Online services are available for a fee. Please see the list of services and prices.

  • How can I buy page credits?

    You can buy page credits in our online store.

  • How can I use my Google or Facebook account to log in to ABBYY Online?

    If you have a Google/Facebook account, you can use it to access the ABBYY Online website. Click “Log in using Google/Facebook” and follow the instructions that appear on the screen.

  • Can I edit recognized text directly in ABBYY FineReader Online?

    No. To edit a recognized document, you need to download it and then open it in any suitable application for spell-checking and further revising. It is also possible to edit a recognized document directly in the desktop versions of ABBYY FineReader.

  • Can I recognize digital photos with ABBYY FineReader Online?

    Yes. ABBYY FineReader Online recognizes digital photos as well as scanned documents. The service offers special image pre-processing features that help to eliminate speckles and skew on the original image. However, poor quality of digital images can cause recognition problems and errors.

    For professional recognition of digital photos, take advantage of ABBYY FineReader Professional Edition, a desktop OCR solution which provides advanced automatic and manual image pre-processing features.

  • Сan I select recognition areas on a page?

    In ABBYY FineReader Online, recognition areas are selected automatically.

  • Can I process handwritten texts?

    This service will only handle printed texts.

  • Does the quality of the original affect the recognition results?

    Yes. A poor fax, a low-contrast scan or a document image with a lot of speckles can cause recognition problems. Skewed scans and speckled images are more difficult to process and errors are likely.

  • I recognized a text using your service, but there are too many errors in the recognized document.

    If there are too many errors, try the following:

    • Make sure that you have selected the right language.
    • If you are attempting to process a photo, try taking a new picture.
    • If you are attempting to process a scanned document, make sure that the right scanning options are selected.
  • What is the correct scanning procedure?

    To scan a document:

    • Select 300 dpi resolution for texts printed in 10 pt fonts or larger.
    • Select 400-600 dpi resolution for texts printed in 9 pt fonts or smaller.

    Adjust the brightness:

    • If the letters are too dark or blend together, increase the brightness setting (i.e. make the image lighter).
    • If the letters are too thin or torn apart, lower the brightness setting (i.e. make the image darker).
  • I don’t see the "Upload" button. What should I do?

    The version of the Flash Player installed on your computer may be incompatible with our image loader. Please update your Flash Player or disable the Flash mode in the image loader by clicking the button in the top right corner of the "Recognize" page.

  • What do I do if I do not receive any notifications?

    • Please check your spam filter.
    • Make sure that you have entered your e-mail address correctly. All messages are sent to the e-mail address in your profile. You can check and/or change your e-mail address on your profile page.

  • What is a promo code?

    Promo codes are distributed as part of special promotional campaigns and enable you to recognize a certain number of pages. Your page credits become available once you activate your promo code.

  • I have a promotional code. How do I use it?

    You can activate your promotional code in one of the following ways:

    • If you received your code by e-mail, click on the link provided in the e-mail message.
    • If you got a leaflet with a promotional code, type the address you see on the leaflet into your browser and press Enter.
    • If you have memorized a promotional code, enter it on the code activation page.
  • How can I invite a friend?

    You can invite your friends to register with FineReader Online. If your friend activates his/her invitation code within 14 days, you will receive 3 extra pages to your account. To send an invitation, enter your friend’s e-mail address on the Invite a friend page. There you can also see the invitations you have sent and the number of remaining invitations.

  • I have more questions about your service. Where can I find the answers to them?

    Please write to us at support@abbyyonline.com.

  • Can I recognize an old document?
    Can I recognize a document set in black letter?

    FineReader Online can recognize texts printed between 1600 and 1937 in German and Lettish. Texts set in Fraktur, Schwabacher, and most other black-letter typefaces can be recognized.
  • How can I recognize text set in black letter?

    To recognize a text set in black-letter, click the link to the right of the list of languages, then proceed as with text set in modern typefaces (e.g. Arial, Times New Roman etc.).
  • What is Fraktur typeface?

    Common characteristics and peculiarities of the Fraktur typeface include the elongated s and ligatures, or “joined” letters for certain letter combinations. The frequency of its application makes the understanding of Fraktur essential for studying texts of the period between 1800 and 1938. Now that the worldwide flow of information is becoming digital it is important to start making historic documents available on-line. ABBYY FineReader Online offers an effective solution for digitizing historic texts for students, scientists, and academics.

    For large projects and libraries, consider professional products from ABBYY specifically tuned for large-scale processing of historic documents.


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