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Readiris Pro 12 for Mac App Store
Readiris™ Pro 12 is a powerful OCR solution designed for professional users.
With Readiris™, save an incredible amount of time when converting any paper document, PDF, or image files into digital files you can edit, search and share!
Turn paper documents into editable text.
• Save directly into your favorite applications (Pages®, Numbers, Acrobat, etc.).
• Create and convert searchable PDF files.
• Intelligent High‐Quality Compression technology (iHQC™).
• Scan to email.
• Mutlilingual solution (over 130 languages).
• Easy‐to‐use text recognition & document archiving solution
Never retype any text and save a maximum of time to scan, recognize, convert
and archive all your documents in just a single click.
• Save directly into your favorite applications
Send the recognized documents into your favorite applications such as Pages®,
Word®, Pages®, Numbers®, Acrobat®, etc.
• Revolutionary High‐Quality Compression technology (iHQC™)
Create colored PDF files up to 200 times smaller than the original image size.
Ideal for document archiving!
• Extended support of portable file formats
Turn all your paper documents into searchable PDF files.
Convert any PDF into editable text.
• Multilingual solution
The OCR engine recognizes over 130 different languages and the user Interface
is localized in 9 languages.
List of the recognition languages: American English, British English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Dutch, Afaan Oromo, Afrikaans, Albanian, Asturian, Aymara, Azeri (Latin), Balinese, Basque, Bemba, Bikol, Bislama, Bosnian (Cyrillic), Bosnian (Latin), Brazilian, Breton, Bulgarian, Bulgarian-English, Byelorussian, Byelorussian-English, Catalan, Cebuano (also called "Visayan"), Chamorro, Corsican, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Fijian, Finnish, Frisian, Friulian, Galicain, Ganda, German (Switzerland), Greek, Greek-English, Greenlandic (also called "Eskimo" and Innuit"), Haitian Creole, Hani, Hiligaynon, Hungarian, Icelandic, Ido, Ilocano, Indonesian, Interlingua, Irish Gaelic, Javanese, Kapampangan, Kazakh, Kicongo, Kinyarwanda, Kurdish, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luba, Luxemburgh, Macedonian, Macedonian-English, Madurese, Malagasy, Malay, Maltese, Manx (Gaelic), Maori, Mayan, Mexican, Minangkabau, Moldovan, Mongolian (Cyrillic), Nahuatl, Norwegian, Nyanja, Nynorsk, Occitan, Papamiento, Pidgin English (Nigeria), Polish, Portuguese, Quechua, Rhaeto-Roman, Romanian, Rundi, Russian, Russian-English, Samoan, Sardinian, ScottishGaelic, Serbian, Serbian (Latin), Serbian-English, Shona, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Sotho, Sundanese, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tahitian, Tatar (Latin), Tetum, Tok Pisin, Tonga, Tswana, Turkish, Turkmen (Latin), Ukrainian, Ukrainian-English, Uzbek, Waray, Welsh, Wolof, Xhosa, Zapotec, Zulu.
• Scanners supported: Acer, Agfa, Black Widow, Brother, Canon, Compaq, Epson, Escom, Fujitsu, Genius, HP, Kodak, Lexmark, Logitech, Microtek, Mustek, Niscan, Primax, Ricoh, Silitek, Tamarack, Umax, Visioneer, Xerox, Yellow Dragon etc. and all other Twain compliant devices.
• Digital Cameras supported: Canon, Casio, Fuji, HP, Kodak - All TIFF and JPEG formats generated by digital cameras are recognized.
I started with OCR back in the 1970s with a company the developed it. I’ve used Readiris products for years. I’ve also used other people's stuff. OCR is best used for text because you can review spelling and grammar with a good word processor. If the scan was 99% accurate at the character level then you can expect 1 bad character like and 8 mistaken for a B every 100 characters. An 8 in a word is easy for a spell checker, but if you are trying to scan the phone book a misplaced number like a 6 for an 8 is going to require very carefully proof reading the document.
The bottom line is that this product is pretty good. How good depends on the quality of the source and the type of material.
Limits you to 50 Pages
This product is a complete rip off. Total bait and switch! This version limits your conversion to 50 pages! Nowhere above in it's description does it say that you're limited to 50 pages. As someone noted below, it's buried in a FAQ on their website. They know good and well no one is going to read a FAQ on their website while browsing/purchasing from the App store. The version that removes this restriction is hundreds of dollars more. What a slimeball move.
Since this company decided to do something so slimy here's a workaround. On the app store there is a program named PDF Toolkit which will allow you to split and merge PDF files. Just simply split your files into 50 pages, scan them and then do whatever you need to do with them.
Works - much improved from earlier versions
I OCR lots of modern and historical documents. Readiris does a very good job on clean text (Strong highly defined characters on clean, despeckled white backgrounds, that is). It has a much harder job accurately recognizing text on variable backgrounds such a century old, stained newspaper clippings. Always proof read results carefully, for as other reviewers have mentioned, Readiris often confuses 'B' for '8'; 'u' or 'n'; etc., depending on the quality of the source material. Use a graphics program if you want to scan images. Bottom line: Readiris beats transcribing hands down!