ABBYY FineReader Express Edition for Mac


Question: Do I need a scanner to use ABBYY FineReader?
Answer: No, you do not need a scanner to run the program. You can use image files, for example, photos from your digital camera.

Trial version

Question: How do I get the trial version of the program?
Answer: A trial version of the program is not availabe at the moment. It will be available in the nearest future, please follow the information on our web-site.

System requirements

Question: Does the program work on Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard)?
Answer: Yes, Mac OS 10.6 is supported.

Question: Is ABBYY FineReader Express Edition for Mac universal binary software?
Answer: Yes, it is. The program runs natively on both PowerPC and Intel-based Macintosh computers.


Question: What scanning settings are preferable for recognition purposes?
Answer: Resolution: 300 dpi for standard texts (font size 10 and larger) and 400-600 dpi for texts with small font (font size 9 and less). Color: Gray.

Question: In Quick Tasks I cannot select Scanner in Get Images From field, it is only possible to open images from file.
Answer: This can happen if your scanner uses emulated driver. Very old scanner models, for which there are no Intel for Mac OS X drivers, are not supported.

Question: After scanning the program freezes and nothing happens.
Answer: When scanning is finished, you should close the scanning dialog manually. This dialog is not closed automatically. After you close the scanning dialog, recognition process should begin.


Question: Can I recognize document written in more than one language?
Answer: Yes, you can select up to 3 recognition languages at a time from the list of supported languages.

Question: Can I recognize several documents at a time?
Answer: Yes, in ABBYY FineReader Express Edition for Mac you can recognize several documents at once. During recognition they will be merged in one resulting file. 

Contacting technical support

If you didn’t find an answer to your question in this FAQ, you can contact our technical support service. To receive free technical support, do the following:

  1. Register the product on the Registration page.
  2. Formulate a detailed question.
  3. Take a screenshot of the error message, if any. Use 'Command-Shift-3' shortcut to take a screenshot of the screen. The screenshot will be saved as a file on your desktop.
  4. Send us an e-mail or make a call. For address and telephone number of the office in your region, see Support contacts.