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FineReader is critical for any business that handles scanned documents or works with files that need conversion to Excel, PDF, Powerpoint or various other programs. It's ability to automatically process, read documents and suggest tables is impressive. It can take printed documents and convert all of the text to a editable format which is a huge time saver. In regards to tables it can automatically find and identify columns and separate them out for immediate use in Excel
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It's great for presentations. It makes even the most drab presentation more interesting, and gives you the ability to add animated elements to your presentation. Everybody uses Microsoft PowerPoint, but for Mac it's a little slow and unresponsive. Flip PDF Pro for Mac kind of solves that issue – you can build your project in InDesign, export it out, then import it into Flip PDF Pro. It sounds like a bit of a process but it's actually very easy. Any designer can pick it up and run with it.
Read full review Pros OCR scanning Refining scanned text Sophisticated and flexible OCR settings/adjustments High-quality editing and document comparison tools Read full review You can customize or add certain things like your title, logo, toolbar icon appearance, background, fonts, etc. It feels a lot like a design program – which is nice, as a designer. The program allows you to embed almost any sort of media into your flip book – GIFs are easy to add in and work with, they add a dynamic element to your presentation (which wasn't possible before). You can create these things called “hot spots” – basically certain trigger areas in your document that can activate something when clicked – like take you to a e-commerce site, for example. Read full review Cons A versioning system of the work done or the editions that have been saved in the files, or a tracking of changes between one version and another would be fabulous An improvement that would be asked would be as previews or suggestions of the type of file that could be beneficial to use in an edition The redesign of the panels is that of the analyzed document, the edition and the changes in my opinion need a resizing to have a better view of the work Read full review My documents sometimes had a problem with import and output – sometimes it would take a substansial amount of time to export something. In their mulit-lingual version, our freelance linguist caught some mistakes, some words were not translated or translated into other languages – which can make us look pretty bad. There's a limit on audio you can output for each page in your document – it had to be "one audio for two pages". Read full review Alternatives Considered
While Adobe Reader can identify documents and convert them to some other various formats, it cannot process the documents to identify tables for use in Excel. We only had success by letting Adobe read a file for any identifiable text but it wasn't always accurate. FineReaders ability to handle hundreds of pages at once felt leaps and bounds above Adobe
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There are several PDF conversion programs out there, but really Flip PDF Pro for Mac is probably the best one that I've encountered. The amount of versatility in the program really sells it to me. It works just like a design program, but as a customizable PDF, and it's easy-to-use interface really helps speed things up with our workflow and process. There's a lot of competitors out there, but none of them really stack up.
Read full review Return on Investment ABBYY FineReader is an irreplaceable tool for preparing documents for document management systems and getting the most of them afterward Great time saver in various scenarios related to work with scans and photos of documents Read full review It makes our presentations more interesting and dynamic. It allows us to go around using Microsoft PowerPoint (which is a little slow and unresponsive on Mac). Using its animation and hotlink elements, we're able to broaden our services with this program. It really helps out a lot. Read full review ScreenShots ABBYY FineReader Screenshots