PDF OCR X Community Edition is a simple drag-and-drop utility that converts your single-page PDFs and images into text documents or searchable PDF files. It uses advanced OCR (optical character recognition) technology to extract the text of the PDF even if that text is contained in an image. This is particularly useful for dealing with PDFs that were created via a Scan-to-PDF function in a scanner or photo copier.

The Community Edition supports single-page PDFs and Images. For multi-page PDFs and batch conversion features, you can upgrade to the Enterprise Edition.

Includes support for over 60 languages including English, German, Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, and many others.

What's New

Version 2.0.24

Fixed crash in High Sierra when selecting file to convert.

Ratings and Reviews

2.4 out of 5

9 Ratings

9 Ratings

May sometimes work; UX is pretty dismal


It appears the guts of this app is Java, called via JNI.
The UI appears to be running modal input panels, such as a Save Panel, frequently, with no UI feedback as to why.
At one point, I concluded the app was hung, because while the UI was reponsive, it didn't actually do anything.
After a while, looking at an Open Panel for a while with all controls apparently disabled, out of frustration I double-clicked on the (apparently disabled) file I wanted to convert, and conversion started! And there was even UI feedback, admittedly in a different window.

While writing this review, I thought I ought to check out the app's help. "Safari can't find the server", etc. Not encouraging.

Does what it says on the tin


I scan hundreds of pages of paper each month to save as PDFs, shredding the originals. I use Ironic Software’s Yep as a tag engine, which is good, but it doesn’t let me search inside the PDFs, naturally.

I’ve started using PDF OCR X to batch process my scans to make them searchable. The app is extremely simple to use - just drop selections onto the app window and it goes off and does everything nicely in the background.

I’m impressed by the accuracy of the OCR. OK, very faint or small text doesn’t read well, but the majority of document contents are scanned very well - ideal for my use, where capturing every last character perfectly isn’t totally crucial.

There are a couple of extra features I’d like to see, so I emailed the developer, who turned out to be responsive, helpful and open to suggestions which should make it into later versions.

Overall I’d strongly recommend this for anybody who is trying to manage scanned documents in PDF form. I now have several thousand pages of documents which I can search in Spotlight, open in Preview and find individual search words highlighted on screen. The Community version only handles single pages; I upgraded to Enterprise, which cheerfully processes multipage documents too.



Scanned a multi column document including images and it converted the text astonishingly well. The app had a few issues when trying to read the text that was in colour (scanned the doc in black and white at 720dpi) but it made a really good attempt and I only had to make a few manual changes to get it corrected. Saved literally hours of re-typing.
It’s been years since I last used OCR and I will certainly be making full use of this in the future - now what can I find to scan next . . .!


Web Lite Solutions Corp.
64.7 MB
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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