ABBYY FineReader Express

Works fine in 10.8

Works fine in 10.7

ABBYY FineReader Express

Supports iCloud

Secured by Gatekeeper

Supports retina graphics

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Available on the Mac App Store
Not available on the Mac App Store

ABBYY FineReader Express Edition for Mac is a highly accurate and easy-to-use multi-lingual OCR application designed specifically for Mac users. Based on ABBYY’s intelligent document recognition technologies, FineReader Express for Mac quickly turns any scanned paper document, PDF files and digital camera images into editable and searchable formats while keeping the original layout and formatting in tact.

Version 8.1
Developer ABBYY Software
Status Works fine

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Latest update (version 8.1) works fine in Lion.

Link to update:

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[ Mark]MarkAnonymous 18 Jul 2012 19:11

I was about to buy ABBYY FineReader Express as the trial worked just fine on Lion. I sent in an email about Mountain Lion compatibility and have not received a reply after 4 days.

My guess is to not trust spending the $$ just yet.

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[ John Healy]John HealyAnonymous 06 Nov 2012 00:34

Upgraded to version 8.3

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Lion (10.7) Comments

[ Steve]SteveAnonymous 21 Jul 2011 12:36

Vendor does not appear to have an update or firm plan to fix at this point:
"Thank you for contacting us.

I’m afraid, we cannot guarantee the compatibility of ABBYY FineReader Express Edition for Mac with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion (system specifications for the software can be found here:

We do plan newer versions of FineReader for Mac. However, I do not think I can give you any time estimations of Lion OS support.

Please, feel free to contact us with any questions. We will be glad to assist you.

Yours sincerely,
Anastasiya Aleksina
Technical Support Service
ABBYY Headquarters
Phone: +7 495 783 37 00
Fax: +7 495 783 26 63
E-mail: moc.yybba|troppus#moc.yybba|troppus"

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[ George]GeorgeAnonymous 21 Jul 2011 14:28

Both FineReader and ReadIris being incompatible with Lion, what professional OCR would you people suggest me? I am trying OCRKit, which is fine, but not as good as FineReader was. Is there another professional OCR for Lion?

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[ Bredell]BredellAnonymous 23 Jul 2011 22:08

FineReader has been updated to version 8.1 which is supposed to work with Lion.

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[ ]PhiladelphiaPA 26 Jul 2011 22:23

I got a more definite response from ABBYY after contacting them on July 25:

"Unfortunately, FineReader Express for MAC will not work on Mac OSx 10.7.

Our developers are aware of this issue and are working on a resolution. They will be releasing a new version of FineReader Express for MAC that will be compatible with Mac OSx 10.7 (unfortunately, there is no ETA, however it should be as soon as possible as this is extremely important for us).

Best Regards,
ABBYY USA Technical Support "

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[ Bredell]BredellAnonymous 29 Jul 2011 09:08

Version 8.1 is available in the App Store and has been for quite some time now. It's listed as compatible with Lion.

For some strange reason 8.1 hasn't been released on Abbyy's homepage yet, and it's not possible to upgrade an old installation to 8.1. Abbyy support still says that it's not ready, even when the new version is available on the App Store.

Has anyone bought 8.1 and tried it?

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[ patrick]patrickAnonymous 01 Aug 2011 18:55

i bought 8.0 and check an update, than i can test it.

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[ VLMaples]VLMaplesAnonymous 03 Aug 2011 07:09

After harassing sales and tech support about it being compatible in the App store, but no patch on their site, I got a link tonight for an update I will try tomorrow.

ReadIris Pro has a Lion update I successfully used yesterday, too.

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[ JoeL]JoeLAnonymous 05 Aug 2011 01:52

Received an email from ABBYY about new build Downloaded, installed, seems to work fine.

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[ revanmj]revanmjAnonymous 05 Aug 2011 09:55

Yep, I got the mail too and can confirm that this version works fine.

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