[Athen] [ATHEN] ABBYY Fine Reader 9 Problems

Ron Stewart ron.stewart at dolphinusa.com
Wed Jan 23 14:43:04 PST 2008

I have seen that it is a hog, but had not really looked at comparative file
sizes. Based on your email I just looked at a file for a chapter that I am
working on and it is 280MB which is about 10 times what I would have
expected. The same file as a 300 DPI full image PDF is 27.5 mb.

Its system requirement are also a lot higher with a spec of 512MB for swap
space. Too bad I did not keep 8 as a seperate install to do a little


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From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Marks, Jim
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2008 5:29 PM
To: Access Technologists in Higher Education Network
Subject: [Athen] ABBYY Fine Reader 9 Problems

We just upgraded from ABBYY Fine Reader 8 to version 9, and find
ourselves slammed by the huge files the new version creates. Anyone
know whether it's possible to tell Fine Reader 9 to work with smaller
files? We scan in 300 DPI resolution and in grey scale from within Fine
Reader. To give you an idea of what we are facing, all of our fall
e-text required 2.5 Gb of hard disk space. That was with using version
8 of Fine Reader. With version 9, we have used up 40 Gb of space, and
we've hardly begun our conversions. Either we are doing something wrong
or the new version is a memory pig of exponential dimensions. Thanks in
advance for any advice!

Jim Marks
Director of Disability Services
University of Montana
jim.marks at umontana.edu

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