ABBYY FineReader Express for Mac: general question
Hi! I use abbyy fine reader express for the mac almost daily and I love it. I would say it is pretty accessible. Maybe not with all the bells and whistles of k1000 but way cheaper. I believe there is still a trial version at: http://trial.abbyyusa.com/download- It uses software on the mac to read and navigate documents. If you download it and have specific questions I'd be happy to help if I can. Jim frmac
The short answer is that ABBYY FineReader Pro is just as accessible as the Express version, but has a better (and faster) OCR engine, and more features, including expanded language support (mostly in terms of OCR recognition for languages like Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Arabic, Hebrew, etc.) as well as being able to handle an unlimited number of different languages in the same document (the Express version is limited to 3 languages), and support for password-protected PDFs. If you already have the Express version purchased either from the Mac App Store or directly from ABBYY's web site, you can upgrade to the Pro version for a reduced price ($79) by purchasing this directly from the ABBYY web site. Alternatively, you can purchase the new Pro version from the Mac App for full price ($99). The main differences are that versions from the ABBYY web site store will support Mac OS X Lion and above (while the Mac App Store version requires Mountain Lion and above) and that subsequent updates to the app have to be run from within the app, rather than checking for updates under your Mac App Store purchases.
In addition, the ABBYY web site store offers educational discounts for both new and upgrade purchases of their software. The links are specific to each country's store, and I know that you're not in the U.S., but I can only navigate to the ones for my country. You'd have to check whether there is a similar program and web page site for your own country. For the ABBYY U.S. Store, these are the links for Educator and Student discounts:• ABBYY Educator's advantage page:http://www.abbyyspecials.com/abbyy-educator-advantage-program• ABBYY Student Savings Program page:http://www.abbyyspecials.com/abbyy-student-savings-program A new purchase of ABBYY FineReader Pro from these pages with Educational discounts (currently) costs $69.99, while an upgrade costs $55.99. This information is excerpted from one of my archived Mac-Access list posts from December that discusses the upgrade. That post contains a few more bits of information and links, but I think I've excerpted the highlights. HTH. Esther