Download Overview - FineReader Engine 12 for Windows

Latest Release

FineReader Engine 12 Windows - Release 2 Patch 3 (14.12.2018)

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FineReader Engine 12 for Windows
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New Features and Improvements

  • Improved availability of the cloud-based License Manager

With additional server configuration, this release offers highest availability of the cloud-based License Manager, which can be used with cloud OCR services, docker containers or in virtual environments. In the Two-Server-Configuration, the License Manager resides on two licensing servers in Azure - one in Europe and one in the USA. In the unprobable case of the main server downtime, the license counter will be carried over to the back-up server.

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

Previous Releases

Release 2 Patch 2

FineReader Engine 12 Windows - Release 2 Patch 2

  • Release date: 02.11.2018
  • Part #: 1342.16
  • Build #:

Release 2 Patch 1

FineReader Engine 12 Windows - Release 2 Patch 1

  • Release Date: 29.10.2018
  • Part #: 1342.15
  • Build #:

Improved availability of ABBYY Cloud Licensing Server

When Cloud protected license is used, FRE connects to ABBYY Cloud Licensing server to synchronize a statistics of the product usage and to get a permission for work. If ABBYY Cloud Licensing server is not available, users will not be able to use a product.

To avoid such situations ABBYY has two Licensing Servers - one in Europe and one in the USA. In case European server is not available, FRE will connect to the US server. Two Licensing Servers configuration improves ABBYY Cloud Licensing Server availability.


  • API
    • IPE occurs on document analysis stage in case Greek language is used for recognition. ZD #145068
  • Recognition
    • On specific customer's document in Russian letter 'б' was recognized as digit '6'. ZD #134712
  • Barcodes
    • PDF417 barcode is not detected in parallel mode, though it is detected in sequential mode. HD #651022
  • Export
    • In case of export to ALTO, information about font family was not saved. ZD #135701
  • Visual components
    • IPE occurs in Visual Components if specific customer’s image is rotated using context menu in DocumentViewer. ZD #137190
    • Block's language is always set to default in case of loading FRDocument from a file. ZD #141550
  • Documentation
    • FRE does not detect both a beginning and the end of the word for CJK languages. All details about splitting text into words are described in the Help file. ZD #143735

Release 2

FineReader Engine 12 Windows - Release 2 (Release 1 was not publically announced)

  • Release Date: 30.05.2018
  • Part #: 1342/12
  • Build #:
  • Improved classification
    • Advanced classification algorithms leverage modern machine learning and natural language processing technologies and offer improved document classification quality together with more flexible and fine-tuning options, new classification modes and improved classification API.
  • New deployment in Cloud
    • Cloud-enabled licensing allows integrating FineReader Engine in applications deployed within the Cloud environment (e.g. services as Amazon EC 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
    • 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 formats: HTML 5 and ALTO 3.1.
  • 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
    • Faster export to XML, when saving information about character coordinates prior to image deskewing
    • Direct export of list elements to XML
    • Export an information about tab-space characters to XML
  • Other features and improvements
    • New scanning utility and options
    • New entity: Customer Project-ID decreases the numbers of errors during Engine object initialization.
    • Official support of Azure App Services
    • 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
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