Selecting a User Pattern

ABBYY FineReader allows you to use patterns to improve OCR quality.

  1. From the Tools menu, select Pattern Editor….
  2. In the Pattern Editor dialog box, select the desired pattern from the list of available patterns and click Set Active.

Some important points to remember:

  1. Rather than differentiating between some similar but diverse characters, ABBYY FineReader recognizes them as one and the same character. For example, the straight (‘), left (‘), and right (’) quotes will be stored in a pattern as a single character (straight quote). This means that left and right quotes will never be used in the recognized text, even if you try to train them.
  2. For some character images, ABBYY FineReader will select the corresponding keyboard character based on the surrounding context. For example, an image of a small circle will be recognized as the letter O if there are letters around it and as the number 0 if there are digits around it.
  3. A pattern can only be used for documents that have the same font, font size, and resolution as the document used to create the pattern.
  4. To use the same pattern later, save the current document options to a file.

  5. To recognize texts set in a different font, be sure to disable the user pattern by selecting the Do not use user patterns option in Tools>Options…>Read.

Selecting a User Pattern