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.
Fixed issue with rotated PDFs being laid out incorrectly in searchable PDF output.
Ratings and Reviews
Great free 1-page OCR conversion tool!
Very pleased. I compared to another tool OCR I have, and "PDF OCR X ce" did WAY better on the screen shot text sample than my other utility. It was as reasonable a result as the pro product I used years ago. They thoughfully include an option to comment on results and include the image you fed it, so you can help them improve the product. I hope someday they add a little AI to guess corrections based on spelling, grammar and context. Perhaps in the paid version?
Remember, garbage in, garbage out. The cleaner, higher res scan you provide, the better chance of accurancy.
PDFs come in many flavors, so if this product can’t read yours, try scanning a print out, or print-to-PDF to change the PDF format.
Works well for a free app
On my mid-2011 iMac running Sierra, this FREE OCR software did really well.
After transcribing about a hundred pages of a presentation deck, I found the following issues (sorted by rarity - where rare was listed last)
1) Punctuation: periods and commas iinterchanged.
2) The letter i and j interchanged (someone else reported this I believe .. user mpe01) Also ‘h’ for ’n' and ‘o' for ‘c' have been an issue.
3) Formatting like bulleted lists would be intermittently accurate
4) Chopped text: in the 100 pages I lost a string of 3 characters
For a free OCR it transcribed these pages really well. I only transcribed use of the helvetica font. A serif font might yield better results.
One note for customer: font size of original has a huge impact on the outcome! If you can, increase the font size for better results.
One developer note I would like to have seen is that the execute button [Convert] was ‘on’ by default. I would rather just drag-n-drop, have focus in the app, and hit return rather than click the button.
Worked very Well
I had a scanned numbered list. The OCR scanned each number before each listing and turned it into gibberish - BUT, the items after each number were read flawlessly. It added a couple of extra line breaks here and there, but the quality of the translation was perfect. No typos. Great FREE product! They could easily charge $5 to $8 for this software and it would still be worth it. Especially if you have a rare need for a quick OCR scan. This is the product for you!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.