About some features not found in FineReader PDF for Mac


Why I cannot find some features in FineReader PDF for Mac which were available in the previous version?


FineReader PDF for Mac does not contain some of the features of the previous FineReader Pro for Mac, namely: 

  • Image Editor tool: Invert Colors.
  • Automator support for batch processing and task automation 
  • Re-ordering recognition areas 
  • Export PDF settings: Create a separate file for each page/source file

These features are planned to be added to FineReader PDF for Mac in later releases. Please follow FineReader PDF for Mac Release Notes for announcementsThis article will be updated as well as the features are added back to the software.

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    Tony Deadman

    Please can you give us a clear timeline as to when the missing features will be added to FineReader  PDF? Release 1 is in actual fact a downgrade at additional cost to the customer. The least you could do would be to show how keen you are to put things right as soon as possible and mange our expectations properly by giving reasonable predicted dates for new releases.

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    David Brewster

    I agree absolutely. At the very least there should be a free upgrade until it actually is an upgrade. Customers shouldn't have to pay for a product simply to fix old bugs while also removing important features in the process.

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    I paid to "upgrade" from Finereader Pro for Mac to Finereader for Mac to regain access to the Image Editor functions lost upon upgrade to Big Sur, only to discover that these functions are not included.  Please offer your paying customers at least an estimate of when the Image Editor features will be added to Finereader for Mac.  

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    Thank you for pointing out what is still missing.

    Image preprocessing is essential to enhance the quality of scans at least a little bit, e. g. to have white background instead of gray or to make colors a little bit more realistic. So without image preprocessing the new FineReader is not able to produce satisfactory scans and I have to use the old version in spite of some incompatibilities with Big Sur.

    Of course, a much better solution for that problem would be the possibility to define a profile (to account at least for overall deficiencies like brightness or contrast)  for each scanner that FineReader could use while it improves the scanned image automatically. I do not expect sophisticated image processing! I simply dislike things like gray backgrounds in scans of white paper.

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    Victoria Dvornikova

    Hello Matthewberry,

    The next release will include Image Editor. This article will be updated accordingly.

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    Grant Barrett

    Thanks. This answered my question about Automator support. I am eagerly looking forward to getting my scripts back up and running with the new version of FineReader. 

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    Hongwei Zhang

    Victoria Dvornikova I've been following relevant posts since the issue with Big Sur was discovered; I am happy to know the image editor is going to be included—that is the most important feature for me in FineReader, tbh. Quick question now:

    By "next release," did you mean a certain release "2"? I am seeing this following release note marking both "release 1" and "update 3."


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    Great news—thanks!

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    Automator support is much needed!


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