PDFScanner - Simple document scanning and OCR
By Felix Rotthowe
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There are many applications for OS X that allow scanning of images or text. Most of them are however complex, slow or not really suited for scanning documents or letters.
PDFScanner has been created with one simple task in mind: Scanning and archiving documents as quick and easy as possible, and making them findable with Spotlight search.
When performing OCR, PDFScanner adds the recognized text directly to the scanned image as an invisible layer, so the text can be selected and copied just like in other PDF files.
PDFScanner supports the following features:
• Support for all scanners that are supported by the OS X Image Capture application (please check that using the scanner in Image Capture works before purchasing to be sure)
• Optical character recognition to make the document searchable, allow to find it via Spotlight and other search tools or copy the text.
• Supported OCR languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Finnish
• Intuitive and fast user interface to reorder, delete or edit pages
• Fully automatic straightening of crooked pages (deskew)
• Full multithreading support. Scanning, OCR and straightening is done on multiple pages in parallel and you can even reorder or delete pages while PDFScanner is still working
• „Fake Duplex“ mode to simplify scanning of double sided documents without a duplex scanner
• Saving to PDF (optionally compressing the scan inside the PDF to save disk space).
• Customizable file name patterns (include for example date, time and machine name in the filename)
• It is also possible to open or import existing PDF documents and perform OCR on them via a menu option (the language can be set in the Preferences).
PDFScanner runs on OS X Mavericks and Yosemite and is only available on the Mac App Store.
What's New in Version 1.9.2
• Bringing back upside down landscape / portrait modes (by popular request)
• Keeping modification date for in-place OCR in the Automator action
• Bugfixes and performance improvements
Does everything and more
Originally I purchased this app simply to OCR pdfs on my half work, half play macbook pro. Since then I’ve moved my office to my home. This app is fantastic. I was frustrated by the software that came with my Epson WF-3640 (great machine, btw) and wanted an alternative. I was browsing to purchase another app, when I remembered this app.
It’s scanning functions are fantastic, including auto-ocr, automatic document titling (great accuracy, hugely customizable), and it retains your settings between use. The file size and quality options are abundant. Really cant’ recommend this app enough.
The most useful app I have!
I’ve been using this app for about four years and have been totally satisfied with it. I originally bought it to help me cut down on paper clutter and it’s my go-to-tool any time I want to convert documents to PDF files, whether to save on space or to pass them along electronically. So long as this app is supported I’ll continue to use it.
Does a good job - New features?
The app works well, I’m dropping my rating by 1 star, since I’ve been waiting for more than 2 years the capacity to adjust contrat brightness of the scan…
Below is my review from July 2012.
I really like the OCR which works efficiently (even on existing PDF)
When using 600dpi resolution, the apps doesn't work as well (failed/stalled OCR, created pdf fails to be compressed): this needs to be fixed!
Now I would really like to have basic contrast/saturation/brightness control on the scans. On all my color scan (usually bills and admin letters), I can see the grey line where the paper was folded, and/or grey-ish area where the paper didn't stick perfectly on the scanner glass.
This would really be helpful.
It would be nice as well to be able to choose resolutions in between 300 and 600 dpi.