ABBYY brings command line power to its Linux OCR
ABBYY Europe, makers of FineReader OCR software, has announced a command line version of its FineReader Engine 8.0. Previous versions have required use of ABBYY's SDK version to create applications which make use of the company's proprietary OCR technology, but the new command line version can be driven from the console or incorporated in shell scripts or web server processing for a simpler integration process. ABBYY have had an OCR offering on Linux since 2003, and brought its FineReader Engine 8.0 SDK to the open source operating system in 2007.
ABBYY's command line tools are documented on ABBYY's OCR4Linux.com site, including details of image processing, table analysis and bar-code scanning capabilities in the OCR tool chain. ABBYY's Michael Fuchs told The H that the company wasn't competing with open source as its products feature list was more extensive. He pointed as an example to FineReader's image pre-processing, document analysis, multi-font support (including matrix printers and typewriters), bar-code recognition and ability to recognise text in 190 languages including multilingual documents.
A trial licence for the OCR CLI for Linux is available, capable of processing one hundred pages (within ten days). The full version is priced by number of pages processed per year, with 12,000 pages per year costing €150, 120,000 pages costing €999 and 500,000 pages coming in at €3,490. These are all one time fees with unused pages not rolling over to the next year. Licenses without page counting or other customisations are also available.