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PDF OCR X Community Edition

By Web Lite Solutions Corp.

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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 in Version 2.0.8

Fixes issues with cyrillic fonts and certain PDFs that include rotations.


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Customer Reviews


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 . . .!

Pretty good for free software

If you are scanning a document to PDF and then using this, then the quality of the output is very dependent on the quality of your original scan. I would recommend using at least 300dpi. However, for good quality pdfs, I found the conversion quality good.
The restriction to 1 page at a time is a bit of a pain, I haven’t yet decided whether to buy the enterprise version to get around that.


I needed to convert an old typewritten paper document that had subsequently been scanned by someone as a jpg. It was rough material to begin with! But this app worked brilliantly and very quickly. All I had to do was save the output in my chosen typeface and add a few tabs for spacing. It's saved me many hours of laborious retyping. Thank you!

PDF OCR X Community Edition
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  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.0.8
  • Size: 60.0 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: OS X 10.6.8 or later

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