Download Overview - FineReader Engine 12 for Linux

Latest Release

FineReader Engine 12 for Linux - Release 2 Patch 1 (14.12.2018)

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FineReader Engine 12 for Linux
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New Features and Improvements

  • Improved classification
    • Advanced classification algorithms leverage advanced machine learning and natural language processing technologies, offering improved document classification quality with flexible and fine-tuned options, new classification modes, and improved classification API.
  • Improved layout reconstruction
    • Improved layout retention on TXT export
  • New export formats
    • Export in accordance with the latest PDF 2.0 standard as well as the PDF/UA standard support,
    • new export format: HTML 5.
  • New way to save documents
    • Possibility to store images in memory



  • GetEngine function was deprecated in R2 ⇒ To load the Engine object, please use the InitializeEngine function. It provides the unified Engine loading procedure for all license types (including the Online License).
  • Customers updating from Release 1 to Release 2 and higher who use the GetEngine function would receive an error message if they keep using it in later releases. Please update your code and replace the GetEngine with the InitializeEngine function.

More details about individual features and the latest release distributive can be found on the download page.

Previous Releases

Release 2

ABBYY FineReader Engine 12 for Linux - Release 2 (22.06.2018)

  • Part#: 1366/4
  • Build:
  • For features please refer to release 2 patch 1

Release 1

FineReader Engine 12 Release 1 (available since 08.06.2018)

  • Part#: 1366/3
  • Build:

[New deployment in Cloud]

  • Cloud-enabled licensing allows integrating FineReader Engine in applications deployed within the Cloud environment (e.g. services like Amazon EC2 and Microsoft Azure) and using the SDK on workstations or virtual machines (containers)

[New & improved OCR languages]

  • IMPROVED: Japanese OCR accuracy - a new OCR language was added: Modern Japanese.
  • Farsi OCR - official support
  • Burmese OCR - technical preview
  • Japanese and Arabic documents: Enhanced recognition of dates, times, addresses and names when using new 'special predefined languages'
  • Improved recognition of right-to-left written languages: Two new properties help to detect the leftmost and the rightmost character in the word and to correctly designate the first and the last letters of the word during recognition and parsing.

[Improved layout reconstruction]

  • IMPROVED: Tables and layout reconstruction
  • Detection and recreation of balanced text columns
  • Dashed table borders on export to DOCX
  • Recreating cell borders color during the export to XLSX

[New PDF/A saving options]

  • PDF/A-2b and PDF/A-3b - new options for PDF/A-2 and for PDF/A-3 are supported for the level B conformance

[New XML saving options and improvements]

  • ALTO 3.1 - New export format
  • Faster export to XML, when saving information about character coordinates prior to image deskewing
  • Direct export of list elements to XML

[Other features and improvements]

  • New entity: Customer Project-ID decreases the numbers of errors during Engine object initialization.
  • New HTML-based Help file
  • 256-bit AES encryption with the possibility to use Unicode characters during PDF encryption
  • Accessing information about individual recognition variants

Note: Please note, that in the Release 1, Classification is not available. It will be implemented in Release 2.

Code Samples

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