I have abbyy express application (mac) - and Abbyy pro 10 userguide (win)
significantly different in
- flexibility (express is all preset whereas pro 10 windows you can set your own options) (I have put abby reply to what these preset options are in next post)
- additional features (see full list below) key missing in express is MRC compression and split 2 pages
to workaround this abbyy express limitation
- MRC compression -- I use adobe pro X save as (reduce file size) feature
- split 2 page -- if images I use ST, if PDF I use PDFclerk to split
BOTH HAVE the key for pure OCR
the unchangeable settings (default) in abbyy express fir searchable PDF creation are good eg text under images
(I have put the impact of this preset option in next post -- reply from abbyy support )
from abbyy support:
Regarding the feature comparison, Iâ€™m afraid quite a lot of feature available in ABBYY FineReader 10 Professional Edition for Windows will not be found in ABBYY FineReader Express for Mac.
The Mac version is only and Express Edition that has somewhat limited functionality compared to Professional Edition.
We do plan to release a Professional Edition for Mac also, but it will not be released earlier than year 2012.
Below you can find the listing of features of ABBYY FineReader 10 Professional Edtition, that are not available in ABBYY FineReader Express for Mac:
Automatic detection of recognition languages.
Additional export formats including DOC/DOCX, XLSX, PPTX, CSV, etc.
Working with DjVu files.
Re-creation of documents formatting attributes: Headers & Footers, Page Numbering, Captions, Fonts & Styles, Footnotes, Table of contents.
Heading hierarchic structure retention.
Integration with Microsoft Office applications.
Effective support of multi-core processors.
Saving to password-protected or tagged PDF.
Different PDF saving modes (not only searchable PDF).
Better compression of PDF files (MRC compression) that allows you to receive smaller files without significant quality loss.
Automatic correction of Image resolution, 3D perspective, ISO noise, motion blur, uneven illumination and blurred images distortion.
Built-in image editor with trapezium crop tool, brightness and contrast slider and levels instrument.
Extended set of predefined "One-step" Quick Tasks.
WYSISWYG Text & Font Style Editor, ProofReading Tools, and Live Results Preview in Editor Window.
Bonus application ABBYY Screenshot Reader
the page stream created from abbyy v adobe (clearscan) is much cleaner if you wish to modify the PDF eg auto create table of contents. this is after testing 10 different books. I am still testing.
however the contrast & sharpness of text is noticeably better from adobe pro 10 (clearscan) than abbyy express (mac)
I am actually finding OCR at 300jpeg v tiff to be better
beats me - why.