Abbyy has announced its first Mac product - an optical character recognition (OCR) package called FineReader Sprint 4.0.

The OCR software, announced at Comdex in Las Vegas, will be bundled worldwide with scanners from companies such as Acer. It features one-button OCR to scan a document, recognize the text, tables and pictures, retain the formatting of the original page, and save the recognition results in RTF or TXT formats. It recognizes 53 languages.

According to Abbyy, almost seven per cent of scanners sold worldwide are used with Mac systems, and scanner manufacturers are moving towards a PC/Mac USB combination package, including a USB scanner and two sets of software.