Easily turn documents of virtually any origin into information you can edit, quote, archive, search or share! ABBYY FineReader Pro complements the hassle-free efficiency of your computer by transforming paper documents, PDFs and digital photos of text into editable and searchable files. Say goodbye to time-consuming retyping and reformatting of documents – FineReader’s unmatched text recognition accuracy, language coverage and conversion features retain your original’s text, layout and formatting. It’s OCR the easy way – just as it should be!

PCMag says:
"FineReader Pros' OCR engine outclasses anything else available, and its overall design is clean, efficient, and fast. It's our no-contest Editors' Choice for OCR under OS X."

With just a few clicks you can:
- Update documents with text corrections, date changes, modified conditions, links to other documents and more
- Instantly pull quotes from text and extract data
- Create searchable PDF files for archiving and sharing
- Make documents accessible for text-to-voice and more


- Scans and converts documents and images into a wide variety of popular electronic formats including: DOCX, ODT, RTF, XSLX, PDF and PDF/A, PPTX, HTML, EPUB and FB2
- Automates conversion tasks, processes batches of documents, and provides the ability to schedule OCR processing with the help of newly added Automator actions and AppleScript commands support;
- Accurately reconstructs document structure, layout and formatting across multiple pages – including headers/footers, footnotes, table of contents, page numbering, captions, etc.
- Creates editable, searchable and secure PDFs that are perfect for archiving and sharing
- Creates e-books in EPUB and FB2 formats for tablets and portable readers
- Performs image and photo pre-processing using ABBYY’s Advanced Digital Camera OCR technology
- Applies advanced OCR features to complex conversion tasks


- Professional OCR results with up to 99.8% character recognition accuracy
- Widest language support in the industry: 189 recognition languages (including Asian languages) in any combination of languages
- Multi-channel document input enables you to scan paper documents for processing or convert scanned images, PDFs and digital photos of text
- User-friendly interface with pre-defined Quick Tasks makes using FineReader easy and intuitive and provides Section 508 compliancy

* According to internal ABBYY testing. Accuracy and formatting results can vary depending on factors such as document quality and scanner settings.

What’s New

Version 12.1.13

Fixed issues:
- while scanning from ADF images are added in correct order
- images could be sent to FineReader from context menu
- export to CSV through Automator is fixed

To launch FineReader through Automator, please, save Application of Folder Action first. More information is available in the article

Ratings and Reviews

3.4 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

Baffled App Store Customer ,

Accomplishes most of my needs

I use FineReaderOCR Pro usually to scan hardcopy of financial statements and tax forms into PDF files. For my needs, it works well but the workflow could be improved.

I generally am not that concerned with having searchable documents so I save PDFs with the image content overlaying the text content and have not tested the searchability of the documents. The program attempts to classify different content as text, table, image, or barcode before I save the scanned content and usually gets it right. The most often confused classifications is text vs table (maybe 15% incorrect but can be quickly corrected). The accuracy of identifying one table section as one instead of two or three sections seems to depend a bit on the formatting of the document. Some statements have a lot of space between the different fields in some rows and this makes it difficult for the program to tell if one part is related to the other part. To make a page perfect is a simple process but in some cases, time consuming. Many times, I don’t bother but it is still a perfectly readable document. Probably, with more tightly formatted statements, it would do better.

One thing I would really like to see improved is the work flow. When starting a new scan, you are presented with a box where you select if the document to scan is on the computer or coming from a scanner. It always defaults to the computer. Often, I am scanning several hardcopy documents in a row so it would be nice if the program just assumed the same source as the last. I’ve accidently clicked on the target format without changing the source back to the scanner. Then I have to wait a couple of seconds for the next step to complete, click away the program’s Finder window, click on “New Task”, click on the scanner in the New Task box, and then re-click on the target format.

In the next window, you must select the Scan Mode, Flatbed or Document Feeder. In this step, the program does assume you want the last mode used, if you haven’t closed the program since the last scan. This is good but if the last scan was in Flatbed, the program automatically does a prescan that takes up a few seconds. If you now have to use the Document Feeder, more unnecessary
waiting for the unnecessary prescan before you can switch the mode to Document Feeder.

This may seem all very nitpicky but I usually am doing many documents at where some need flatbed and others need the feeder. While scanning is going on, I’m doing something else and it would be nice when switching my attention back to scanning, I can just click, click, scan instead of “ok, this is will go into the doc feeder, want pdf, oops, not from the computer, ( wait, wait, click away incorrect windows), click new task, now “From scanner”, want pdf, wait for unwanted prescan, change to doc feeder, finally start the correct scan.

All in all though, I will keep using it and hope they tweak these workflow issues.

Developer Response ,

Dear Sir or Madam,
Thank you for rating us high and posting very detailed descriptions of workflow you would like to see improved! We appreciate it a lot!
Best regards,
Your FineReader Team

Mr.Jingles123 ,

For the price I paid... It's a joke

The way this app is manufactured, sold, and supported, portrays to me the image of a company that is having a hard time to adapt to changing markets and market conditions. This is the most expensive software I own on my Macbook, and it is also the least delivering.
What can I say... If I want to OCR a document quickly, I can't. I have to export it into a file format and save it first. I can't just have a plain text rendering. I am blind, and this feature would be very useful to quickly access the content of PDFs that are not made searchable, or to read regular paper documents without needing to save the actual scan.
I can't open any files straight from the Finder, either. Seriously? How much did you have to rush this out?
What about batch processing?
How about network scanners? What about pasting images? What about recognizing PDFs intuitively, and without having to rebuild one?

Anyway. If you think I'm wrong, buy the software and enjoy it.

Developer Response ,

Dear Sir,
We are sorry to hear that using FineReader caused you much difficulties.

We'd like to answer some of the listed questions.
To open image from Finder please do the following:
Ctrl+Click the image in Finder, tap button to move right- the focus will be on option Open in drop-down menu. Tap button down and click right to select Open With menu. FineReader should be listed in this menu.

Batch processing is supported with default Mac OS tool Automator.

Scanning through network scanners is supported. Please check if scanning through network scanner works with ImageCapture. If it does, but scanning through network scanner still doesn't work in FineReader please contact our Technical Support via e-mail:

Thank you for your comments.

Best regards,


Best you can buy

I've used the Finereader Windows version for years, then my windows computer died and i bought a Mac and bought the Finereader Pro for it. the Program works just great as i use it while working for my youth group putting together records of classes they have completed. Works just great. 5 stars isnt enough!


ABBYY USA Software House Inc
610.3 MB

OS X 10.11 or later, 64-bit processor


English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese

Age Rating
Rated 4+
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