Organizations with high-volume document management needs should check out ABBYYs just-released FineReader 6.0 Corporate Edition.
The software, priced at $499 (or $399 for a competitive upgrade), allows simultaneous access to batch documents by multiple users and recognizes 177 languages; workgroups can add terminology to dictionaries shared over the network.
Documents can be saved in popular word processing and spreadsheet formats. FineReader also supports export via Open Document Management Access for transferring data to corporate information systems. PDFs can be converted into text, edited, then saved in any supported format.
I tested ABBYYs software by importing a Spanish-language PDF containing images, a detailed table and complex schematics and found Corporate Edition particularly adept at handling tables—with relatively simple documents, the tables needed only minor adjustments. More complex documents—those containing diagrams and schematics—required a little more work for the software to recognize the image.
FineReader 6.0 Corporate Edition is compatible with Windows 95, 98, Millennium Edition, XP, 2000 or NT Workstation 4.0.
ABBYY can be reached at www.abbyy.com.