[Athen] Question regarding "Abby" training

Sean Keegan skeegan at stanford.edu
Fri Dec 19 12:46:47 PST 2014

Hi Marcie,

I just did a quick check on Lynda.com and nothing showed up for Abbyy Finereader that would be inline with your interests. It was mostly on digital publishing solutions and Abbyy was referenced as an OCR solution when all else fails. Probably not what you are looking for…

Here are two videos that I know of on YouTube:



I don't think they really get into the details or advanced features of working with Abbyy, though.

Truth be told, though, we have found working in MS Word to be a faster editing environment than to try and manipulate the OCR program. There are a few things you can do in the OCR application to streamline the conversion process and that may prove sufficient depending on what the final output you are expecting. For example, we have used Abbyy Finereader at times to generate tagged PDF documents and have obtained good results. That said, it depends on the output format needed for the student and the nature of the source document that drives the decision between working in the OCR application or exporting to MS Word.

Also - Abbyy Finereader ver 9 is a bit old. Version 12 is the most current and I must say that I like the more recent version of the product. If you have the means and opportunity, I would go for the upgrade.

Take care,

Sean Keegan
Associate Director, Assistive Technology
Office of Accessible Education - Stanford University

On Dec 19, 2014, at 12:01 PM, "Dimac, Marcie" <mdimac at kent.edu> wrote:

> Afternoon all!


> I have been in my position for about six months now, and have begun to supervise the person who is in charge of e-text. I recently realized that while we have Abby (v. 9), we are only using it to scan in books that we have spliced into Word documents and editing within Word.


> I would like to work with her on using all of the robust features in Abby to render a document accessible (rather than putting the text in Word) and was wondering if anyone knows of any good (and potentially free) online training resources/websites/videos for “how to use” Abby to render docs accessible.


> I attended the two-day training while in CO for the conference and it was EXCELLENT, but, I would like to have a resource (preferably some vids) that my e-text coordinator could refer to often when using the program as a resource to refresh her memory on how to use the program.


> Any insight is welcomed!!


> Happy holidays!


> Marcie Dimač, M.A. Ed.


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