ABBYY PDF Transformer 2.0

Common Questions

Question:Can ABBYY PDF Transformer process multiple files simultaneously?
Answer:ABBYY PDF Transformer processes files one after another.
Batch processing of documents is available in ABBYY FineReader Professional Edition. For more informaion about ABBYY FineReader Professional Edition please visit our Web site.

Question: Where can I find the serial number of the program?
Answer:The serial number of the program is printed on a yellow sticker on the back side of the box which contains the ABBYY PDF Transformer 2.0 CD-ROM.

Question: Does PDF Transformer preserve hyperlinks when converting or creating PDF files?
Answer:When converting PDF files, ABBYY PDF Transformer will automatically detect Internet hyperlinks and e-mail addresses and recreate them in output documents.
When creating PDF documents, hyperlinks are retained too.

Question:How can I change the program interface language?
Answer:  To change the program interface language, do the following:

  • On the Start menu, select Control Panel. The Control Panel window will open;
  • Select Add or Remove Programs. A window containing the list of all installed applications will open;
  • In this list, select ABBYY PDF Transformer 2.0 and click Change on the right of the program name. The Program Maintenance window will open;
  • Select Modify and click Next. The Custom Setup dialog box will open;
  • Select a new interface language in the Interface language drop-down list in the upper right corner of the dialog box, then click Next;
  • Follow the setup wizard instructions.

Question: How can I start the program from within MS Office applications?
Answer: When you install ABBYY PDF Transformer 2.0, the setup program integrates it with Windows Explorer and with Microsoft Office.
As a result, ABBYY PDF Transformer buttons appear in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Visio. Use these buttons to start ABBYY PDF Transformer 2.0 from within MS Office applications, and, if necessary, convert a PDF document directly into the running application, or create a new PDF file on the basis of the currenly opened document.

Trial version

Question: What are the limitations of the Trial version?
Answer The Try&Buy version of ABBYY PDF Transformer 2.0 allows you to process only a limited number of documents.

  • The program will run for only 15 days starting from the day of the first launch;

  • You can convert no more than 50 PDF pages;

  • PDF documents you create will include a trial stamp saying that they were create in a Try&Buy version.

Once the trial period is over, or the page limit has been exhausted, you need to buy a license and activate the program to continue using it.

PDF files converting

Question:  When I convert text, I receive the "Check document language" warning
Answer: This warning is displayed if the language of the recognized document is different from the language which is selected in the program.

You can change or add a recognition language on the right-hand menu of the program. To do this:

  1. Click on the Change... link which is located to the right of the language name in the PDF document languages section;
  2. In the PDF document languages dialog box that opens, select the languages which are used in your document.

Attention! We do not recommend selecting more than three recognition languages at the same time, as it may deteriorate the ABBYY PDF Transformer performance.

A full list of languages supported by ABBYY PDF Transformer 2.0 can be found here.

Question: When saving to HTML, where are pictures saved?
Answer: When you save a PDF file to HTML, PDF Transformer 2.0 saves pictures (as *.jpg files) in the folder specified for saving of the HTML file.

Question:  How can I convert a PDF file attached to an e-mail?
Answer: If you use MS Outlook to view your e-mails, then when you installed ABBYY PDF Transformer 2.0, the ABBYY PDF Transformer 2.0 Outlook Toolbar has been added to your message view window. nbsp;
To convert a file which is attached to an e-mail, please do the following:
- open the massage in MS Outlook;
- click the PDF Transformer button on the toolbar;
- PDF Transformer 2.0 will open, ready to process the PDF file from your e-mail;
- change the settings, if necessary, and convert the document.

If several PDF files are attached to an e-mail, PDF Transformer will ask you to select one PDF file for conversion.

Question:  How can I save only the text of a document, without any formatting?
Answer: If you need to convert only the text of a document, and you do not want to save its formatting, select the Text flow option in the Retain layout section of the right-hand menu. You may also clear the Keep pictures option if you do not need pictures in the conversion results.

This saving mode is available for the following formats: DOC, RTF, and HTML.

Question: When I converted a PDF file, some characters were recognized as "?" signs or squares. How can I recognize this PDF file correctly?
Answer: Some PDF documents contain not only image, but also text. ABBYY PDF Transformer 2.0 extracts text data from a PDF document and use them when converting the document.
If the original PDF document contains text fragments which use special symbols or non-standard fonts, such fragments may be displayed incorrectly in the resulting documents - for example, non-standard characters may be replaced by "?" signs or squares.

To improve recognition results when recognizing such documents, we recommend that you do the following:

  1. Open the document in the main program window (Start>Programs>ABBYY PDF Transformer 2.0>Transform PDF file).
  2. In the Processing mode section of the right-hand menu, select Process PDF as image.
  3. Click the Transform button on the right-hand menu of the program.

If you do this, ABBYY PDF Transformer 2.0 will use its Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology which allows the program to convert virtually any PDF files (including Image only PDFs) which use any font types. As a result, the recognized text will be converted to a selected application.

Question: Can I convert only some pages of a multipage PDF document?
Answer: The program allows you to select pages for conversion. To do this, please do the folowing:

  1. Open the document in the main program window (Start>Programs>ABBYY PDF Transformer 2.0>Transform PDF file).
  2. In the Pages to transform section of the right-hand menu, click Selected and enter page numbers and/or page ranges separated by commas, for example 1,2,4-12.
  3. Click the Transform button on the right-hand menu to process the selected pages.

Question: The program has failed to recognize a document correctly, and some recognition areas are mismatched. How can I correct this?
Answer:  ABBYY PDF Transformer 2.0 provides tools for manual selection of recognition areas. To specify recognition areas manually, do the following:

  1. Open the PDF document in ABBYY PDF Transformer 2.0 (click the Open PDF File button on the right-hand menu);
  2. Select of the tools: Text, Table, or Picture on the toolbar which is located above the document;
  3. Use your mouse pointer to draw recognition areas. If such areas have already been created on the document, for example, during the automatic conversion of the document, you can move borders of these areas to enlarge or reduce them;
  4. Convert the document with the new recognition areas (click the Transform button on the right-hand menu).

Question: Are there any size limits for converted PDF documents?
Answer: A PDF document to be converted must not contain more than 9999 pages.

Question: What is a "searchable PDF document" and how is it used?
Answer: A searchable PDF is a PDF file which contains an invisible text layer in addition to the image of text. This text layer allows full-text searches in this document.

When you convert an original PDF file which contains only the image of text, you can save it as a searchable PDF document where you can make full-text searches. Such documents are widely used for creating elecronic archives.

Question: What PDF files can be opened in ABBYY PDF Transformer 2.0?
Answer: The program can open PDF files of the version 1.6 and earlier. 

Question: Into what formats can I convert PDF documents?
Answer: ABBYY PDF Transformer 2.0 converts PDF documents into the following formats:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • HTML
  • RTF
  • TXT
  • Searchable PDF documents.


Question: Why do I need to activate the program?
Answer: A non-activated copy of the product will run in trial mode. To enable the program to operate in full-function mode, you must activate the program.

For more information about activation of ABBYY software products, please visit our Web site.

Question: When I try to activate the program, I get a reply that automatic activation for this serial number has been blocked. How can I use the program?
Answer: Register your copy of the program, and then contact the Activation and Registration service.

In your letter, specify the serial number of your copy of the program and describe the situation.

Question: Where can I find the Installation ID?
Answer: During activation, the ABBYY PDF Transformer Activation Wizard creates a unique Installation ID which represents the configuration of your PC at the time of activation. No personal information about the user or computer is used for generating this code and this code cannot be used for identifying the user.

To find this parameter, select the activation method by fax or phone in the ABBYY PDF Transformer Activation Wizard, and click Next. After the dialog box which asks you to register the program, a window will open. The window displays the serial number of your copy of the program and the Installation ID.

Question: Do I have to re-activate the program after reinstalling it?
Answer: ABBYY PDF Transformer can be reinstalled on one and the same computer an unlimited number of times without re-activation.

However, if you make major upgrades, format your hard drive, or reinstall the operating system, an additional activation may be required.

Question: Can I install the program on several computers?
Answer: Unless otherwise stipulated in a separate agreement with ABBYY or in a license certificate accompanying the program, you may install and use one copy of the program only on one computer.

If you wish to install and use the program on another computer, you must first remove the program from the original computer

Question: Why do I need to register the program?
Answer: Register your copy of ABBYY PDF Transformer 2.0 to enjoy the following benefits:

  • Free technical support for ABBYY PDF Transformer 2.0;
  • Special discounts on other ABBYY products;
  • Information about ABBYY products updates.

If you have not registered the program during activation, you can register the program later.

If you have lost the serial number of your copy of the program, we can quickly restore it on the basis of your registration information.

PDF Files Creating

Question: How can I create a new PDF file?
Answer: There are two methods of PDF file creation:

  • Start the program by selecting Start>Programs>ABBYY PDF Transformer 2.0>Create PDF file
  • Start the program from an MS Office application by clicking "Create PDF" on the toolbar.

Then you will need to set up the necessary options for PDF creation and click the Create PDF. After these actions, the created PDF file will be opened in the default PDF viewing application.

Question: Can I create a PDF document from an application which is not supported by PDF Transformer 2.0?
Answer: When you install ABBYY PDF Transformer 2.0 on your computer, the PDF-XChange for ABBYY PDF Transformer 2.0 virtual printer is also installed. This printer allows you to create PDF documents from any application where you can select a printer when printing out documents. To do this, please do the following:

  • Start the application and open the file from which you wish to create a PDF document;
  • In the list of available printers, select PDF- XChange for ABBYY PDF Transformer 2.0 and click Properties
  • In the PDF-XChange for ABBYY PDF Transformer Properties dialog box that opens, set up PDF creation options;
  • Click Print to start the PDF creation process.

Question: With which Adobe Reader versions a PDF document created in ABBYY PDF Transformer 2.0 will be compatible?
Answer: When you create a PDF file in ABBYY PDF Transformer 2.0, you can select with which Adobe Reader version the document will be compatible. The program asks you to select one of the variants in the Compatibility group:

  • Compatible with Adobe Reader 4.0 and above;
  • Compatible with Adobe Reader 5.0 and above;
  • Compatible with Adobe Reader 6.0 and above;

By default, the "Compatible with Adobe Reader 5.0 and above" variant is selected.

Question: Can I create a PDF document from only some pages of the initial document?
Answer: ABBYY PDF Transformer 2.0 does not provide this capability. The program allows you only to create a PDF file from the entire initial document. If you wish to create a PDF document from only some pages of the initial document, please make a copy of this document and delete all the unnecessary pages from the copy. Then create a PDF file from this copy.

Question: How can I change the size of a created PDF file?
Answer: To change the size of the created PDF document, you must select one of the values in the PDF file size group. Three values are available:

  • small;
  • medium;
  • large.

The table below contains the parameters which change when you select a certain PDF file size:

Compression type / JPEG compression
(for gray and color documents)
Auto / 80%Auto / 80%Auto / 100%
Resolution (for gray and color documents), dpi100150300
Resolution (for indexed documents (256 colors)), dpi150150 300 
Resolution (for back-and-white documents), dpi3001200 1200 
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Question: How can I create a password-protected PDF document?
Answer: ABBYY PDF Transformer 2.0 allows you to protect PDF document that you create: you can specify a password to protect the created PDF document from unauthorized opening, editing, and printing.
To do this, select the Restrict opening and/or Restrict editing & printing options in the PDF security settings group and specify a password.
For more information, please read the Creating PDF Documents section of the Help file.

Question: What is the Create PDF application used for?
Answer: The Create PDF application (Create PDF file) is a part of the ABBYY PDF Transformer 2.0 system and a convenient tool for creating PDF documents from Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, HTML, RTF, Microsoft Visio, and TXT documents.
Create PDF allows you to specify the size of the PDF file to be created, provide its compatibility with different versions of Adobe Reader, and limit access to the PDF document by means of a password.