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. That year, Adobe also introduced PDF format to the market. It was a niche solution for the printing industry and it solved the problem of viewing and sharing documents across computers.
Things have changed over time: Today PDFs are the de-facto standard for sharing digital documents and information.
And now ABBYY OCR and the PDF format became best friends.