5 things you can do with FineReader, but didn’t realize

iStock_000047405700_SmallHave you ever thought, “I would’ve surely done this if I’d only known how” or “How great would it be if such a thing was possible, but it’s not” when doing your regular paperwork? Then you regretfully forget this idea and move on with your traditional, inefficient way or simply don’t do what you wanted to do because in your opinion it is not doable. In this article we would like you to learn about 5 common things of this type which involve ABBYY FineReader professional software.

#1. Copy texts and tables quickly from papers and PDFs

When you need to get a paragraph or a table from a paper or PDF document in editable form, you don’t need to retype them into Word or Excel. You can scan a sheet of paper or open a PDF document – whatever you’ve got – in FineReader, and outline the required piece of information with the mouse. Then you just click on the “Copy” button which appears right above it:



That’s all – now you have the text or table copied to the clipboard, ready to be pasted into Word, Excel, or wherever you need it.

You can proceed the same way with tables by selecting the “Draw Table Area” option

 (kk) before copying. You’ll get the table in editable form and correctly formatted, with all the columns and cells in place.

#2. Make low quality scanned PDFs look topnotch

Documents may be poorly scanned or simply old, and therefore look like this:



But they will look completely different if processed with FineReader 12 – like this:



This stunning metamorphosis is possible thanks to two capabilities that you can utilize in FineReader:

  • PreciseScan technology that smoothens character images; and
  • The “Whiten Background” tool, which removes any undesired shade or unevenness of the background, making it neat and evenly white.

#3. Nice and straight PDFs out of photographed documents

When you use a camera instead of a scanner to get an image of a page, you get something like this:



It is readable and you can probably even get some text out of it; however, if you need to get a PDF of this document in order to save it, such an image is barely suitable for this purpose as is.

FineReader can turn this image into a nice and straight searchable PDF:



In most cases, you can get a satisfactory result even with the set of automatically applied image processing options available in FineReader (which are also adjustable). If that still doesn’t seem to be enough, you can also fiddle with them a bit manually.

#4. Turn any document into comfortably readable format for your tablet or e-book reader

Have you ever needed to read a full-sized A4 PDF on a 7-inch tablet? If so, then you know what we are talking about. FineReader can convert PDFs, as well as any paper originals, of course, into files that are suitable and widely used for reading from small screens of handheld devices: epub and fb2, or a special type of PDF – tagged PDF. A tagged PDF is automatically adjusted to the width of the screen when viewed. All of these formats can keep essential text formatting and pictures, so you won’t lose anything meaningful due to conversion.

#5. Remove handwritten marks and notes from printed text

Of course, if a friend scribbled all over your favorite book with a pen, it would be hard to rescue your friendship. But perhaps with the help of FineReader and its professional OCR it will be a bit more realistic to do so than without it. There is a professional toolkit which removes colored pen marks or stamps from images:



What you had before,



… and this is what you’ll have after just a single click.

So at least you can restore the initial look of the pages in your scribbled book by making its PDF copy, for example.

This feature can be applied to many different scenarios. For instance, you can remove your signature from a loan contract… Oops, we didn’t say that!