ABBYY FineReader

ABBYY FineReader Express

Accurate multilingual OCR software for Macs

ABBYY FineReader Express for Mac is an impressively accurate and OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software. View full description


  • Very accurate
  • Scans lots of languages
  • Exports to PDF


  • Interface is quite basic
  • Formatting issues

Very good

ABBYY FineReader Express for Mac is an impressively accurate and OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software.

ABBYY FineReader Express can convert any scanned document, PDF file and digital images into editable and searchable text while maintaining the original layout and formatting.

The most impressive aspect of ABBYY FineReader Express is the accuracy of text recognition compared to similar options such as OmniPage and Vuescan. ABBYY FineReader Express is also able to scan a much wider range of languages (171) compared to other OCR software.

The interface is simple and much more modern than OmniPage, although it still feels a bit basic and in need of an update. Of course, it also includes all the standard features you'd expect such as PDF conversions, table and spreadsheet recognition and image processing tools. However, while the text recognition accuracy is superb, you may find that formatting may not be quite as good especially when it comes to text size.

ABBYY FineReader Express is overall a very accurate and impressive piece of OCR software that could do with a few minor improvements.

ABBYY FineReader supports the following formats

Input file formats: TIFF, PNG, JPEG, JPEG 2000, PCX, DCX, GIF, BMP, PDF
Document saving formats: RTF, TXT, XLS, HTML, PDF (text-under-image)
Image saving formats: TIFF, PNG, JPEG, JPEG 2000, PCX (b/w), BMP
ABBYY FineReader


ABBYY FineReader Express

User reviews about ABBYY FineReader

  • darumpf

    by darumpf

    "Installer update needed"

    They need to update their installer. I am running OS X 10.10.1 but the installer bombs out telling me that I need OS...   More.

  • Robert.W.Davies

    by Robert.W.Davies

    "Iphone photo document OCR jpg input"

    I was very impressed with how well it worked I photographed a document and it was out of focus and poorly lined up in...   More.

  • joseshivers

    by joseshivers


    Totally reliable and easy to use, give it a go, the trail is free. I used this to convert printed text into a digit...   More.