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Manual OCR with FineReader

OCR software like ABBYY FineReader or Nuance OmniPage are convenient for converting PDF files into Word documents. Although the conversion can be launched automatically, it may be beneficial to manually define certain areas in PDF files that have a complex layout. This video shows how to manually define a table in FineReader 10. Although the process is time-consuming compared to an automatic conversion, this is usually time well-spent as it will avoid many problems in Word and/or in CAT tools later on.

As an alternative to manually drawing lines for rows and columns, it’s also possible to use a FineReader feature called Analyze Table Structure. FineReader then tries to “guess” where the table’s rows and columns are located.

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