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ABBYY FineReader PDF

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A versatile PDF tool, based on AI-driven OCR technology, making it easier to digitise, retrieve, edit, protect, share, and collaborate on all kinds of documents.

Key Facts


  • 3 year site licence with fixed pricing
  • Price banding based on size of institution
  • Windows and Mac licences provided
  • Virtualisation and remote access rights included

Important Dates

Agreement start: 1 August 2023

Agreement end: 31 July 2026

Subsequent invoice date: 3 months in advance of the licence anniversary date

Commitment Period

Institutions may participate at any time during the 3-year period; however, they will be bound by the terms and conditions, including payments for 3 years from their enrolment.

Licence Type

Site licence


Free 30-day trials are available.

Eligible Institutions

This Agreement is open to Institutions of Higher and Further Education and Research Councils in the United Kingdom, to Universities and Colleges of Further Education in the Republic of Ireland, and to Associated Sites.

Other UK organisations aligned with Chest's charitable objectives of supporting education, research bodies and the public sector may ask to participate in the Agreement. Chest will liaise with the Supplier about any such requests.

Product Information

Supplier Details

Licensor: ABBYY UK Ltd, a company registered in England and Wales (company number 6037342), whose registered office is 70 Gracechurch Street, 3rd Floor, London, EC3V 0HR.

Product Description

The universal PDF tool for students and teachers:

With ABBYY FineReader PDF, teachers, researchers, and students can be significantly more productive and efficient. FineReader PDF addresses the digital transformation of research and classrooms by facilitating work with both paper and digital books, magazines, scientific publications, and other materials.

  • Optimise document processes: Digitise, retrieve, edit, protect, share, and collaborate on all kinds of documents in one workflow
  • Make the most of PDFs: Edit digital and scanned PDFs with a newfound ease: correct whole sentences and paragraphs or even adjust the layout
  • Digitise the document workflow: Incorporate paper documents into a digital workplace with AI-based OCR technology to simplify daily work and study

Educational institutions:

  • Equip teachers, lecturers, administrative staff and students with an all-in-one solution for working with documents
  • Streamline paper-heavy administrative processes
  • Convert documents into PDF formats for convenient sharing with a large audience
  • Digitise paper documents, secure and archive them in standard archiving formats such as PDF/A and PDF/UA

Teachers and lecturers:

  • Create teaching materials and worksheets by using content from different resources such as scanned textbooks or scientific articles – without manually retyping
  • Protect information from unauthorised viewing, copying and reusing
  • Review student assignments: mark-up and give feedback digitally, using PDF documents instead of paper
  • Quickly find relevant information in educational materials scanned and converted into searchable PDF documents


  • Convert and store research papers and reports in searchable digital formats in order to quickly find relevant information later
  • Collaborate on projects by using comment and annotation tools, exchange feedback and monitor the status directly within a document
  • Reduce PDF file size and enhance visual quality of scans
  • Support your work process by bookmarking and highlighting important sections within documents and leave comments to support your thought process later


  • Use exceptional quality OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to convert text books and study materials to digitally accessible documents, enabling students with dyslexia or visual impairments to get equal access to printed educational materials
  • Make study materials universally accessible (using PDF/UA format) to text-to-speech, magnification software or other assistive technologies

What's new in ABBYY FineReader PDF 16

Click on the image below to watch a short demo of what's new in ABBYY FineReader PDF 16:

Product Features Comparison List - Windows v Mac

Click here to see the Product Features Comparison List - Windows v Mac.

ABBYY FineReader PDF Accessibility Compliance Report (VPAT)

Click here to see the ABBYY FineReader PDF Accessibility Compliance Report (VPAT).

Service and Support


Free 30-day trials are available.

Product Documentation and Training Materials

Click on the links below to access the following ABBYY FineReader PDF Guides:

There are also a range of video tutorials available.

Technical Support

You can submit a technical support request via the ABBYY Help Center.

Supplier Web Address

Supplier home page: https://www.abbyy.com

FineReader PDF: https://pdf.abbyy.com

System Releases, New Versions and Functionality

New releases, versions and functionality are included.


Windows OS
Mac OS

Method of Delivery of the Products

Download links and serial numbers will be made available to the Licensed Institution after receipt of an Order to Chest.

Useful Resources

Introduction to the new ABBYY FineReader PDF Chest Agreement

Click on the image below to watch a recording of the Introduction to the new ABBYY FineReader PDF Chest Agreement webinar, held on 2 November 2023, which covered an overview of the Agreement and the product, a product demo, and the deployment options available for educational institutions:

The associated slide deck can be found by clicking here.

Please note that the free 1-year iOS version mentioned in the webinar is not available through Chest as it does not form part of the contract and would therefore not be covered by the same terms and conditions of use.

Demo: Key features of ABBYY FineReader PDF

Click on the image below to watch a short demo of the key features of ABBYY FineReader PDF:

What is a PDF and what is OCR?

Explore the ABBYY Learning center to answer these questions and more:

Link to ABBYY learning centre

Tips, trends and use cases can also be found on the ABBYY FineReader PDF Blog.

Video Tutorials

ABBYY has a series of 'How To' videos for both the Windows and Mac versions of ABBYY FineReader PDF:

Additional recorded content can be found on ABBYY's YouTube Channel.

Ireland ABBYY Licence Bands

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Chest Addendum to ABBYY EULA

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Terms and Conditions

Licensor: ABBYY UK Ltd, a company registered in England and Wales (company number 6037342), whose registered office is 70 Gracechurch Street, 3rd Floor, London, EC3V 0HR.

The Chest Order, together with the Licence Terms and Conditions, and any exceptions listed below, create a legally binding contract between your institution, organisation or company and the Licensor. Therefore please read the terms and conditions carefully and only submit a Chest Order if its terms and conditions are acceptable to your institution, organisation or company and you have the authority to make the financial commitment shown.

Licence Type

The Site licence is subject to:

  • ABBYY’s End User Licence Agreement (EULA), including the Appendix A: Product specific terms for ABBYY FineReader PDF for Windows and ABBYY FineReader PDF for Mac
  • An Addendum to the ABBYY EULA which is specific to the ABBYY FineReader PDF Chest Agreement – please see the Chest Addendum to ABBYY EULA tab

Payment Terms

Please note the exceptional payment terms underlined at the bottom of this section.

Jisc will invoice Licensed Institutions for the initial fee on receipt of a completed order. Sites will then be invoiced annually 3 months in advance of the anniversary of their licence start date until the end of their Commitment Period.

You are advised that because of the requirement for Jisc to collect monies due before the anniversary date 2 charges may initially fall into 1 academic accounting year.

Chest is an Enterprise of Jisc. All Purchase orders must be made out to Jisc Services Ltd, 4 Portwall Lane, Bristol, BS1 6NB to cover all charges plus VAT.

All terms contained in a PO are expressly rejected and do not form part of the Licence or vary the Licence terms in any way.

Payments are due within 30 days of invoice date; recipients of late payments are entitled to interest in accordance with UK statutory provisions.

Due to payment timescales agreed with ABBYY, payment to Jisc must be made within 30 days of the invoice date in order to ensure that your site has continued access to the software. If your institution requires a PO number being quoted on the invoice, please ensure that you provide this at the time of ordering.

Termination Clauses

At the end of the Period of Agreement, if there is no new Agreement between ABBYY UK Ltd and Jisc or a new Agreement directly between the Licensed Site and ABBYY UK Ltd, then Licensed Sites are required to remove all copies of ABBYY FineReader PDF from their systems at the expiry of their Licence (Commitment) Period.

Location and Use Permissions

The product(s) may be used by any Authorised User of the Licensee for Educational Purposes which includes the administration and management of the licensee’s educational and research operations. These permissions are described in the terms and conditions of the ABBYY EULA and the Chest Addendum to ABBYY EULA.

Students Yes
Academic Staff Yes
Non-Academic Staff Yes
Administration and management Yes
Staff home use rights No*
Student home use rights No*
Virtualisation and remote access rights Yes
Overseas Campus use Yes**

* Local installation of ABBYY FineReader PDF on personal computers of staff and students is not allowed but staff and students may access the software on their personal computers via any virtualisation technology deployed by their institution which requires their institutional login.
** Overseas Campus use is allowed as long as the overseas campus is fully-owned by the Licensee.

Personal Licences

Personal licences are not available under this Agreement.

Products and Pricing

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