Category Archives: From Developers



OCR, PDF and FineReader

ABBYY first introduced FineReader in 1993 (more than 20 years ago), with the idea of empowering people to gain access to data locked in paper documents. In those days, paper was ubiquitous, but the information contained in it was not accessible to the user sitting in front of a personal computer or even for the computer.

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A Toast to Usability

6772e_only_Faces_0015_Voronkoby Artem Voronko, ABBYY Interface Designer

In software engineering it pays to be very generous to users, especially when it comes to interface design.  All too often, programs’ GUIs require users to interpret graphics and menus that are more like complicated sobriety tests – rather than seamless, intuitive and near-automatic ways to speed through tasks. For example, one of my tasks when I joined the PDF Transformer team was to…  Read more



Arab Awakening: Bringing a New Language to PDF Transformer+

6772e_only_Faces_231x220_Pikhenkoby Maksim Pikhenko, ABBYY Head of PDF Tools Development Group

One of my most rewarding experiences has been my association with ABBYY’s Research Center for Arabic Languages. As a developer I was tasked by the Center with enabling PDF Transformer+ to collaborate, edit and work with PDF documents in Arabic – no small job given that the PDF software would have to understand all the rules of the language in order to work correctly. For example… Read more



Erasure Head: User Input Improves a Unique Tool Even Further

6772e_only_Faces_DSC_4469_Masalovitch-4by Anton Masalovitch, ABBYY Head of PDF Product Development

Challenges to the way developers think not only come from their peers. Many times they arise from user input and result in far better software, too. So I’d like to share an experience the PDF Transformer+ development team has had. We found, to our surprise, that a key unique tool – the eraser  – wasn’t working for users in some instances. This was quite a shock since… Read more