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FineReader PDF for Mac Gets More Features to Work with Documents

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While the primary function of ABBYY FineReader PDF for Mac is to convert PDFs, document images, and scans, and unlock the content within them into editable formats, ABBYY continues to enrich the software with functions that facilitate non-conversion document-related tasks, too. 

There have been a few updates since last July and the most recent one, Release 5, is now available, as of the beginning of February 2023. These updates bring several new features facilitating easier content extraction from PDF and scanned documents, giving you more flexibility to work with and share PDFs.

Need to highlight some text in a document? We've got you covered. What if there is a table? FineReader PDF for Mac can extract it keeping the whole structure. Manage files easily and send your PDF documents onward with the new Sharing feature, and more. Keep reading to get all the details on the latest update of FineReader PDF for Mac.

Tables and text extraction

When you only need to use some parts of a document, like a text paragraph or a table, recognizing and converting the whole document may not be reasonable, timewise. Available starting from the Release 3 update and further improved in this latest Release 5, we've addressed this scenario with a new and improved feature for extracting tables and texts from a document.

Now, you can simply draw a frame around a table or piece of text, and then click "Copy" from the context menu. When copying, FineReader PDF keeps the whole structure and formatting of the piecenot only the text, but also its formatting, table cells, lines, columns, and separators. Once you paste the piece to another application, it’s ready and doesn't need further manual reformatting or restoring of the structure. A table in a PDF or a scanned document becomes an editable table in Numbers or Excel immediately, without any extra efforts from your side.

extract table from PDF with Mac

PDF Viewer

In Release 5, the PDF Viewer of FineReader PDF for Mac has a few new tools to help you work with PDF documents more effectively.

Highlight tool

Firstly, Highlight markup is now supported in the PDF Viewer. You can see the markups made in the document by other users, and add your own highlights. You can select and delete highlights, and when you do so, FineReader PDF saves the changes to the document automatically. You can undo the changes you’ve made, if needed, and you can rename the document and edit its tags, too.

To help you with making multiple markups, in the most recent Release 5 Update 2 the Highlight tool was enhanced with the Highlight mode. Now you can either select text and add a highlight to it by clicking the Highlight button, or first click the Highlight button to activate the Highlight mode and then continue with selecting multiple pieces of text with it to highlight them one by one.


Highlight tool for PDF for Mac

Using the Highlight tool and mode, you can select from five colors for your markups or change the existing ones. Currently, there’s no possibility to work with text comments to the markups, however, in one of the next releases we plan to add this capability.

Share documents

Secondly, available starting from Release 5, is Sharing. By clicking on the “Share” icon on the right, you can send the PDF document that you’re working with to iCloud, by email, via AirDrop, or using any other method of sharing available in your systemyou can select them from the drop-down menu of the tool.

Share PDF from Mac

Other improvements

In Release 4, Dutch and Portuguese (Brazilian) were added as user interface languages. In addition, internal improvements made the operation of the software better and its further development more effective. Management of temporary files was optimized to prevent them from piling up in your system. And operation log collection was improved, enabling our ABBYY Support Team to provide you with better support services, and enables developers to be more efficient in fixing bugs.

With Release 5, we’ve also updated the End User License Agreement (EULA). Now, all general terms that are the same across ABBYY products, are provided in the main text of the EULA, while all the conditions specific to FineReader PDF for Mac are collected in Appendix 1. In the Appendix 1 section, a couple of clauses required by Apple have also been added.

The most recent Release 5 Update 2 features an internal optimization of the software, which made it from five to 20 percent faster* when converting documents. Also, thanks to this optimization, the software now runs smoother.

The Release 5 Update 2 also included an improvement for extracting tables from a document. Now, you can select and copy a table without analyzing its structure first. Draw a table over the area and click the “Copy” button that appears next to it. The table will be analyzed automatically and copied to the clipboard including all its rows, columns, separators, and formatting, ready to be pasted into a spreadsheet or other type of document.

* According to internal tests done by ABBYY


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Remember to update your FineReader PDF for Mac to the latest Release: click “ABBYY FineReader PDF” → “Check for Updates” in the main menu and follow the instructions on the webpage that opens.

Stay tuned for more news and interesting articles!

Editorial note: This blog post was originally published on February 10, 2023. Updated on April 28, 2023, to reflect the improvements made in ABBYY FineReader PDF Release 5 Update 2, which include a new mode for Highlight markup, internal optimization for faster document conversion and for extracting tables from a document.

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