Prizmo 3 is a scanning application with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) in 23 languages with powerful editing capabilities, text-to-speech, iCloud support, and translation into 59 languages.

No matter what capture device is at hand, Prizmo is the best option for scanning and performing OCR. It works with pictures taken with your iPhone, iPad, or digital camera, with documents coming from connected or Wi-Fi scanners, even with screenshots! It will help you easily scan any documents (invoices, receipts, boards, giant advertisements...) of any sizes (US Letter, US Legal, A4, and custom)...

"My results were great, and it could definitely act as my only scanner. But, it really isn’t only a scanner, it can be used on anything. If you see a movie poster or an ad that you like, and would like to have documented, just take a picture, and Prizmo will help you with perspective, cropping and everything else." (by Joe Turner - MacApper)

Optimized for macOS High Sierra.
• Revamped user interface taking advantage of latest macOS translucency and vibrancy
• Handoff support for offering simple interactions between your iPhone, iPad and Mac.
• 2 extensions available from other apps: Crop & Cleanup, Recognize Text
• Support for third-party exports

Main Features
• Specific Processing for Business Cards, Multipage Texts and Images
• Input File Formats: regular photo files including JPEG, RAW, TIFF, as well as PDF files (even multipage)
• Input Options: digital cameras (iPhone, iPad, DSLRs...), camera tethering, connected and Wi-Fi scanners, screenshots, snap any text from your screen
• New built-in neural network-based OCR in 23 Languages: Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Cyrillic), Serbian (Latin), Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian.
• Detection of 3 Types of Regions: texts, images and numbers
• OCR Editing and Correction: add, delete, merge and reorder regions on the one hand, edit text for correcting mistakes on the other hand
• Automatic Frame Detection: lay the page, snap it, and let Prizmo handle the cropping
• Automatic Text Orientation Detection
• Perspective Correction to Compensate Camera Point of View
• Non-linear Lens Distortion Correction
• Page Curvature Correction for Books and Magazines
• Real-time OCR Results: moving/resizing region frames immediately updates text results
• Resolution Increase: image enhancement allows OCR results where OCR is generally not even thinkable
• Output Formats: image files (JPEG, PNG, TIFF), and text files (PDF with Spotlight-searchable text, RTF, TXT) - even multipage!
• Prizmo Document Sharing across Macs through iCloud (native documents only)
• Export to the Evernote, Box, Dropbox, Google Drive and WebDAV Online Services
• Cloud-based Statistical Translation into 59 Languages (neural network method requires Pro Pack, see below)
• Accessibility Feedback for the OCR Processing (blank, blurry image, etc.)
• Text-to-Speech for Reading Scanned Texts: over 90 voices in 26 languages with navigation settings and interactive reading progress display (available for free in macOS Preferences)
• Extensions: Crop & Cleanup, Recognize Text
• Handoff support
• Enhanced for the Retina Display.

Prizmo 3 - Pro Pack
If you process many text documents, you’ll be interested in the Pro Pack. It is available as in-app purchase, and includes the following additional features:
• Batch Document Processing
• Automator Action for automatically performing OCR as a workflow action or smart folder
• Custom Export Scripts for integrating Prizmo in enterprise workflows using custom Unix scripts and AppleScripts.
• Neural network-based translation in 22 languages: see

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What's New

Version 3.5

Celebrating Prizmo for Mac’s 9th Anniversary with version 3.5!

Core Features
- New neural network OCR in 23 languages (13 new) that provides improved accuracy for degraded and low resolution documents. See supported languages below.
- New future-proof OCR foundation for image preprocessing and document layout computations taking advantage of some modern features of Prizmo Go.
- Added support for 18 new translation languages (total 59), and for improved neural network based translation (requires Pro Pack) in 22 languages. See language list below.
- Optimized for macOS High Sierra.

Editing Features
- Added support for duplicating the selected regions by holding down the Option key and dragging the regions.
- Added support for copy/pasting OCR regions.
- Added a menu item for the "Preserve line breaks" command in the main menu.
- New keyboard modifier keys for mouse actions for a coherent Mac experience.
- Option key is now used for adjusting the zoom level, Command key for moving through the document (hand tool), and Shift key for freeform adjustment of the page crop frame (in cropping mode only).

Other Features
- Added support for sandboxing for all versions.
- Changed editor font from Helvetica Neue to San Francisco.
- Now using Swift for specific subsystems.

Bug Fixes
- Fixed several issues (including word highlighting) when using text-to-speech on macOS High Sierra.
- Font adjustment of some UI labels.
- Fixed a major crash on macOS High Sierra where manipulating the text regions could crash WindowServer process (older GPU models).
- Fixed a bug where the cleanup app extension could crash the host application when clicking on the cancel button.
- Improved mouse dragging of text region (accuracy).
- Fixed a bug where the textview didn't get the focus when selecting the menu command "Edit Region Text".
- Fixed erratic document scrolling behavior when using the menu commands to move from one region to another.
- Fixed a bug where modifying the text font in the preferences was not directly applied.
- Fixed size of the save panel displayed when exporting batch processing result.
- Fixed layout issues when using the tab bar on macOS 10.13.
- Improved application localizations.

Neural Network OCR Languages (23): Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Cyrillic), Serbian (Latin), Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian.

Translation Languages (59): Afrikaans, Arabic, Bangla, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Cantonese (Traditional), Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Fijian, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Klingon, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malagasy, Malay, Maltese, Norwegian Bokmål, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Serbian (Cyrillic), Serbian (Latin), Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tahitian, Tamil, Thai, Tongan, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh.

Neural Network Translation Languages (22): Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish.

Ratings and Reviews

Good for JPGs etc, NO (simple) PDF SUPPPORT!


Following the review below I was contacted by support. So there's a way to OCR PDFs; you have to launch the app, close the open file window, create a new document then import the PDF. I'm not sure why you can't just open PDF files like it allows for image files but apparently a baked in workaround is as good as it's going to get.
So yes, techincally you can OCR a PDF file with Prizmo... what you can't do is OCR a PDF easily.
Add to that you have to pay again for the "pro" features like automator and batch processing I'll continue to use Adobe's Acrobat DC from my CC subscription. It's just easier... Yeah, let that settle in for a moment, an Adobe product is easier to work with... yikes.

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So this app mostly does what it says it does. It's a powerful version of the iOS app for sure.
It will export a file it's scanned as a PDF but if you have a PDF in need of OCR, go elsewhere.

It is amazingly lame that you can't scan a PDF in this app.

Developer Response

Hi. It is indeed possible to scan a PDF document with Prizmo. Could you please contact us via so we can investigate? Thanks. /TC

Nice looking interface, that doesn’t work


I wasted a nice chuck of change on this app. The simplest things: like applying a crop box to more than one image, cannot be done. If you have book images from a large book and want to apply the crop setting across a range of image?: plan on spending a LOT of time doing it, as you’ll have to set the same settings, image after image after image. The page curvature feature is almost worthless. You end up spending HOURS doing the simplest things and then, with very uneven results.

Developer Response

Hi. Applying a crop box to more than one image is indeed possible with Prizmo 3 on Mac. Please contact us via this address so we can help you. Thanks. /TC

it is not working


it crash’s all the time

Developer Response

Please contact us at this email address so we can help you and figure out what is going on. /TC


Creaceed SPRL
28 MB
English, Czech, French, German, Italian, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2009-2016 Creaceed SPRL


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