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PDF OCR X Community Edition for Mac

CNET Editors' review

PDF OCR X Community Edition for Mac converts PDFs and images into text or searchable PDF documents. It works with both PDFs generated from a document and scanned PDFs. The application's basic interface couldn't be easier to use, and it worked like a charm in our tests; but this version of the app limits you to one-page conversions.

The main interface of PDF OCR X consists of a small, unassuming window where PDF files can be dragged and dropped. Files can also be manually selected from a Finder window via a drop-down menu. Once moved into the program, an additional menu comes up where users can select from a number of input and output settings. These include preferred language, the number of columns, and different text wrapping types. Clicking a well-labeled convert button initiates the process, which completes quickly. The output file is automatically loaded for review and can then be saved or discarded easily. The tested PDF converted to text well, without any transcription errors. The community version of the program only supports one page PDFs, though, which is a frustrating limitation.

PDF OCR X Community Edition for Mac functions well and offers an easy-to-use solution for users looking for an application that can create searchable one-page documents from PDFs or for those who need to quickly extract text from an image.

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    2.9 stars

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    • 5 star: 7
    • 4 star: 9
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 11
  • Current version:

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    • 2 star: 1
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  • 2.0 stars

    "Pretty Crappy"

    October 3, 2013  |   By Joyce781

    Version: PDF OCR X Community Edition 1.9.32

    Pros

    It DOES do OCR.

    Cons

    The output is searchable, but if you select text and paste it into something else, you'll find that the text has no spaces separating the words, and all the W's are capitalized. It can't recognize a slash mark to save its life. Also, instead of just converting the text into one font, it produces the text in all types and sizes of fonts. Curable (by pasting as plain text), but seriously, what's up with that?

    Summary

    Adobe is still the gold standard, and nothing else comes close.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "accurate but slow; only does 1st page"

    April 12, 2013  |   By fribble

    Version: PDF OCR X Community Edition 1.9.32

    Pros

    free, good for simple pdfs with blocks of text and no tabbed columns

    Cons

    not fast; community edition only does the first page; not good for complex structured pdfs, doesn't put in tabs between columns (doesn't keep columns either)

    Summary

    a freeby for single page simple pdfs - but if that's all you want then use a pdf reader like Skim

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Garbage. Don't pay for it."

    February 8, 2013  |   By Melnicove

    Version: PDF OCR X Community Edition 1.9.32

    Pros

    I'll let you know.

    Cons

    Copy and Paste did a better job.

    Summary

    I'll consider it a bad investment. You've been warned.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Only one page unless you pay"

    December 10, 2012  |   By nrkmann--2008

    Version: PDF OCR X Community Edition 1.9.32

    Pros

    Converted all text.

    Cons

    No formatting, jut text leaving everything to be formatted. Just as well re-type the information.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Barely qualifies as trialware. Just an advertisement."

    November 30, 2012  |   By jakerome1

    Version: PDF OCR X Community Edition 1.9.32

    Pros

    I have no idea. Scanned one page of a document, and that page had no text.

    Cons

    Bait & switch, it's a extremely large advertisement for their pay edition. Barely qualifies as trialware, just a waste of time.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Amazing FREE OCR Program"

    September 30, 2012  |   By MacBook_Pro_DemiGod

    Version: PDF OCR X Community Edition 1.9.32

    Pros

    It's FREE and does a great job. Only lets you do one page but again, it's FREE! Gets 99% of the text!

    Cons

    Nothing really. Not even the $30 upgrade price to the full version! Well worth it!

    Summary

    It does the job it needs to do. It does only do one page but it does a great job! Picks up 99% of all the text and then some. Worth the extra $30 to get multiple page PDF's. Great investment! Highly recommended!

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