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How to Get the Best OCR Results Possible When Working with ABBYY FineReader
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Written by Dave Cunnigham   
Monday, 25 January 2010

          Selecting the right options is the key to getting quality OCR results. In deciding which options to use, what matters is the type and complexity of your paper document as well as the purpose you will use the electronic version for.

 Here are some quick tips for choosing the right options when working with ABBYY FineReader:
          Optimizing the Document Analysis
          When you add pages to the Page window, the program automatically recognizes them and applies image pre-processing, using the current settings. This option can be turned off on the Scan/Open and Read tabs of the Options dialog (Tools > Options) in order to manually select your preferred settings. If the OCR options are changed after the recognition of the document, you will need to run the OCR process again with the new options.
          Depending on the document type, the following options can help improve the results:
          Image Pre-processing
          On the Scan/Open tab of the Options dialog box, you can select the following options from the Image preprocessing section:
          Detect page orientation – This option will detect the page layout and rotate the documents to the appropriate orientation.
          Split dual pages - This will automatically split dual pages into separate images.
          Enable image pre-processing –This option will perform automated image pre-processing on the document, and can adjust image distortion, de-skew, de-speckle, and straighten curved text lines.
          OCR Processing
          On the Read tab of the Options dialog box, you may select from the following options:
          Reading mode – You may choose between Thorough Reading, Fast Reading and Note. The first one is suitable for all kinds of documents and will produce best OCR results. The second is recommended for processing large documents with simple layouts and images with high quality. Training allows you to "train" FineReader to recognize special types of text, such as text printed in decorative fonts or containing special characters or symbols. You may use  the built-in character patterns or create your own.

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