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Choosing a PDF tool – Part 1: should you care about its OCR capabilities?

Yes, you should!

“What is OCR?” you may ask, “I do not need OCR, I just want to open my PDFs”

According to statistics presented at the PDF Days 2018 conference, organized by the PDF association, one quarter of PDF documents are “image-only” (non-searchable) PDF documents. Image-only PDF documents are simply photographs of documents; do not contain any machine-readable text, which would allow a variety of actions, the key for working with digital documents or maintaining a paperless workplace environment.

This is exactly where OCR, or Optical Character Recognition, is of crucial importance – it makes documents truly digital and the text in them accessible for a number of actions. OCR is ultimately the key to making a difference in an employee’s productivity and efficiency between working with paper and working with digital documents.

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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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What is OCR?

If you are wondering why the business world is going digital, then consider this: every minute, sheets of paper in offices grow into heaps of hard-to-track documents, derailing what could be a profitable and productive business. How can companies extract this business critical information and acquire the ability to store, organize, search and share it whenever needed? That’s where FineReader OCR comes in…