Download Overview - FineReader Engine 11 for Windows

Latest Release

FineReader Engine 11 Windows - Release 8 Update 3 (08.08.2017)

  • Release Date: 26.07.2017
  • Part#: 1041/125 (126)
  • Build: 11.1.19.72

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New Features and Improvements

  • Fixes, no new features in this updated release.

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Previous releases

Release 8 Update 2

FineReader Engine 11 - Release 8 Update 2 (19.04.2017)

  • Release Date: 19.04.2017
  • Part#: 1041/117
  • Build#: 11.1.19.59

New Features

  • Fixes, no new features in this updated release.

Release 8 Update 1

FineReader Engine 11 - Release 8 Update (13.02.2017)

  • Release Date: 03.02.2017
  • Part#: 1041/111
  • Build#: 11.1.19.49

New Features

  • Fixes, no new features in this updated release.

Release 8

FineReader Engine 11 - Release 8 (03.10.2016)

  • Release Date: 03.10.2016
  • Part#: 1041/104
  • Build#: 11.1.19.48

New Features and Improvements

  • Extended method of injecting text into PDF
    During the process of injecting text layer into scanned PDFs, the extended method allows to deskew and correct orientation of scanned PDFs. When processing a batch of PDFs containing both scanned and digital-born PDF documents, all scanned PDF images can be automatically extended by a text layer and turned into searchable PDF files – even documents that were scanned incorrectly
  • Extension of method for detecting text layer in PDFs
    The method for detecting text layer in PDFs has been extended. In the past the method accepted only a string for the first parameter 'FileName'. Now it is possible to pass a byte array for the 'FileName' as well. The extension of the method is useful in the scenario when working with PDFs from InputStream. PDFs imported from memory stream can now be checked for text layer without a need to write the stream into a temporary file which increases the overall processing speed.
  • Ability to exclude BOM during export to TXT
    New export option allows specifying, whether the byte order mark (BOM) should appear at the start of the text stream, when the document is exported to TXT format in UTF-8 encoding. This saves Java developers from programming workarounds for discarding the BOM characters at the beginning of the file.
  • Improved readability of exported XML data for users
    The default value of paragraph style names are now automatically generated according to the paragraphs’ role and modifications, which were applied to the style. This improves the readability of XML-based text and simplifies work for operators or system administrators. To increase flexibility, users can also set a paragraph style name manually.
  • Ability to rasterize FreeText annotations
    When processing PDF documents that contain Text Box annotations and exporting them to PDF, it is now possible to retain all information from annotations in FreeText type in PDF.
  • [Technical preview] Faster PDF printing when using MRC compression
    A new option in the set of MRC correction parameters allows to tune Mixed Raster Content parameters for PDF export. This increases the PDF printing speed.
    (At the moment, the feature is implemented as a technical preview.)

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

Release 7

FineReader Engine 11 - Release 7 Update (18.05.2016)

  • Release Date: 18.05.2016
  • Part#: 1041/90
  • Build#: 11.1.16.94
  • Export for multi-page PDFs documents with an undefined number of pages
    This feature increases efficiency when scanning large multipage documents. The new export approach introduced in the previous release has been modified in this release: Even if the number of pages of the document sent for processing is not known, the recognition session can still be created. When scanning multipage documents, the number of pages in a document is typically known only after the scanning step is completed. The modified new export API allows sending pages for recognition even if scanning of remaining pages of a multipage document is not yet finished.
  • Simultaneous usage of network and standalone licences within one installation
    In some cases it is efficient to use different types of licenses - standalone and network - on one computer. To support this scenario, it is possible to define network and standalone licenses in one LicensingSettings.xml file.
  • Ability to remove garbage from color images.
    This feature extends image pre-processing and increases recognition accuracy of color images. In previous releases it was possible to remove the garbage - small excess dots that would slow down processing - from the black-and-white images only. Now it is possible to remove garbage from the colour images as well.
  • Ability to inject a text layer into selected pages of a PDF document
    This feature improves flexibility. In this release, the possibility to inject text layer under the image is extended: Now it is possible to individually specify the pages, in which the text layer should be injected. (Previously it was possible to inject the text layer for entire document only.)
  • Ability to adjust a time zone for PDF export
    In previous releases it was possible to write the modification and the creation date using UTC format into the PDF file. Now it is possible to specify a time zone that will be used for the creation and modification date of the exporting documents. Several PDF viewer applications display creation/modification date of the document without using information about the user’s time zone. In some cases this missing information might be very important. These new options will allow to specify the creation and modification date for each PDF file.
  • Updated documentation for working with screenshots
    New recommendations for processing of screenshots were added into the documentation to support developers with useful tipps for this increasingly popular scenario.

Release 6 Update

FineReader Engine 11 - Release 6 Update (25.12.2015)

  • Release Date: 25.12.2015
  • Part#: 1041/76
  • Build#: 11.1.14.64

New Features

  • Fixes, no new features in this updated release.

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

Release 6

FineReader Engine 11 - Release 6 (19.10.2015)

  • Release Date: 23.09.2015
  • Part#: 1041/74
  • Build#: 11.1.14.63

New Features

  • Windows 10 Support.
    This release officially supports Microsoft Windows 10.
  • New export approach for large multi-page document conversion to searchable PDFs.
    The new export mode is almost 4 times faster as the default export method. It requires less RAM resources, makes the error handling more convenient and preservers losing all exported data in case of export error.
  • Smaller output PDF file size with pages of mixed colors.
    In combination with existing API for individual compression selection PDF exporting API allows now to reduce the file size of the exported PDF.
  • The predefined BarcodeRecognition_Accuracy profile provides more accurate results.
    The recognition accuracy of some barcodes has increased even by 20%.
  • Ability to process single-page documents from memory in batch mode.
    New API allows processing of single-page documents stored in memory in batch mode. It helps to comply to strict security standards as well as to increase the processing speed.
  • Extended information on character position in a word.
    The updated properties for capturing the location of word’s characters provide now accurate results for both right-­to-­left and left-­to-right writing languages.
  • OCR improvements for Japanese, Arabic, Thai and Farsi.
    The improvements result in overall better recognition accuracy.
  • Possibility to implement own interface for managing the parallel processing.
    The developer has now the possibility to implement own logic for managing the parallel processing work and reporting errors which occurred during the processing.
  • Warnings are connected to particular pages.
    Now the warnings contain the page index information, which is useful in error-handling process.

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

Release 5

  • FineReader Engine 11 - Release 5 (02.04.2015)
    • Parallel multi-page image opening
      Now ABBYY FineReader Engine can distribute opening of multi-page documents to CPU cores. New functionality brings up to 2 times speed-up for image opening step in 2 and 4 core configurations.
    • Exporting to ALTO up to version 3.0
      Now it is possible to export OCR data into ALTO format according to the following ALTO standard versions: 2.0, 2.1, 3.0.
    • Possibility to save memory in case the information of coordinates on original image are not needed
      If there is no need in keeping the information of coordinates on original image, the new property KeepOriginalCoordinatesInfo can be used for turning-off the storing this data. It might help to preserve storage and memory space, e.g. during processing of b/w images (~100Kb) the transformation data could be up to 1Mb per image.
    • Crop function for greyscale and black & white images
      Now the Crop function supports greyscale and black & white images. Previously this function could be used only for color images.
    • New Java wrapper functions for loading Engine
      Java wrapper contains new Engine loading functions, which now are capable to throw exceptions instead of logging them.
    • New property for fine-tuning of paper size detection
      The FineReader Engine is able to detect paper boundaries on a scan automatically. It prevents that garbage near borders of a scan is detected as text. In some cases this detection can fail, e.g. if a scanned document contains a big dark picture. It might be taken as a scanning background and removed from a document area as a scanning shadow. To prevent such mistakes a host application may now advise the FineReader Engine to limit the scanning shadow detector hypotheses by providing information on what part a source document is located on a scan.
    • Visual quality improvement of exported PDFs with MRC compression
      All predefined MRC modes (MinSize, MaxQuality, Balanced, MaxSpeed) have been improved in regard to visual quality.
    • New property for obtaining recognized word region
      Many customers work with recognized words instead of recognized characters. In most cases, a word of matter usually needs to be highlighted in graphic user interface. The highlighting requires a word-bounding rectangle (region). Since words may include characters of different height and could span several lines the task becomes non-trivial. With help of the new property a word-bounding region can be obtained very easily.
    • WIA 2.0 support
      Starting from the release 5 FineReader Engine is capable to work with scanners supporting WIA interface of the version 2.0. This is the most recent version of WIA interface standard gradually substituting the previous one.

Release 4

  • FineReader Engine 11 - Release 4 (available since 10.11.2014)
    • Back-up possibility for the network license server (network license redundancy)
      Now a backup license server can be set up to take over the license management if the main license server breaks down. Thanks to fail-proof redundant license server the continuous processing on all workstations in a network can be guaranteed.
    • Export to memory
      Due to company's security restrictions it might be prohibited to save documents on disk. The recognized documents can now be sent as a file stream directly to other applications.
    • New profile for faster barcode recognition (speed)
      The processing of documents with barcodes can be faster when using the predefined profile for barcode recognition optimized for speed.
    • Technical preview of a new OCR language - Farsi.
      The new OCR language is now available. (Arabic OCR Add-on module needs to be licensed).
    • Possibility to enable and disable interpolation in PDF viewers
      Interpolation in PDF viewers can affect the visual quality of PDF file. Now you can decide whether the interpolation should be disabled or enabled.
    • New property for shadows and highlights correction in photographs
      During image pre-processing the quality of the photograph can be optimized by correcting excessive shadows and uneven lighting.
    • Possibility to improve recognition quality by removing color objects during pre-processing stage
      This feature is useful for documents with black text and white background that contain colored elements (e.g. stamps) that don’t need to be recognized. Color objects on the image can be filtered out before the layout analysis and recognition steps. After the processing is complete the color objects can be put back on the image.
    • Support of corrupted tiff files opening
      Often it is not possible to influence the quality of image files. In some specific cases it is now possible to open TIFF images even they are corrupted.
    • Possibility to save images to PNG with transparent background
      You don't need an image editing tool anymore for creating an image with a transparent background.

Release 3

  • FineReader Engine 11 - Release 3 (available since 07.07.2014)
    • Possibility to extract and to add attachments from PDF
    • Possibility to see PDF layers in PDF Viewers
    • Parallel export to PDF and to PPTX
    • New property to fill areas added after skew correction
    • New method IImageDocument::RemoveColorObjectsEx
    • New advanced language detection mode
    • Advanced IsEmptyEx method for checking if the page is empty
    • Skew correction in pre-process stage
    • Protection Update: support of Wibu-Systems dongle
    • Further details on the new features and fixes can be found on the download page

Release 2

  • FineReader Engine 11 - Release 2 Update (available since 22.04.2014)
    • Fixes, no new features
  • FineReader Engine 11 - Release 2 (available since 06.03.2014)
    • Full version of Java wrapper is now available & new Java code samples
      • BatchProcessing
        This sample shows how to use Batch Processor for processing a large amount of one-page documents.
      • EventsHandling
        The sample illustrates the use of the callback interfaces using the FRDocument callback interface (IFRDocumentEvents) as an example. The sample shows the progress of recognition and export during image processing. You can use the callback interfaces to control image processing.
      • EnginesPool
        This sample on the one hand provides a complete reusable solution for a pool of Engines in a multithreaded application, and on the other hand demonstrates the gain in speed when using multiprocessing.
    • New method that allows to inject the text layer into an existing PDF
      • Parameter to keep the attachments of the original PDF file also in the output file
      • Support of PDF/A 3a and PDF/A 3u
    • Support for “IntelligentMail” / USPS 4-CB barcodes
    • Other enhancements:
      • Enhanced JBIG2 lossless compression
      • Screenshot detection
      • Improved memory allocation
      • Export with original layout to XLSX
      • New predefined OCR languages

Release 1

  • FineReader Engine 11 Release 1 (available since 24.10.2013)
  • All new features introduced in the Release 1 of Finereader Engine 11 for Windows can be found here.

Code Samples

  • Once you have downloaded and installed FineReader Engine 11 you can find and start all pre-compiled code samples via the main sample page.
  • More details on the code samples and some short recording can be found here: Code Samples Collection

FineReader Engine  Code Samples

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