PDF OCR X Community Edition for Mac

PDF OCR X Community Edition for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 32 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0.8
  • Total Downloads:
    73,202
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 15, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    53.16MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    226
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:
    #4 in PDF Software

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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2 stars

""nhtnlned by cnnlacting""

October 24, 2014

 |  Version: PDF OCR X Community Edition 2.0.8

Pros

It recognizes a lot of words. If we were judging this as a batting average of hits versus strikeouts, it would be the all-time baseball batting average leader. Unfortunately getting 2/3 or even 9/10 of the words right isn't good enough for OCR.

Cons

Can't recognize numbers, even in Times, which is considered to be among the most legible fonts in the world. Only crappily OCR's one page at a time.

Summary

Lame. This wasted time I couldn't afford to waste. Thanks for trying, but next time include in the description that this is a prototype that isn't road-ready.

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2 stars

"Pretty Crappy"

October 03, 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 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 stars

"Garbage. Don't pay for it."

February 08, 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 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 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 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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4 stars

"$30 for the full version"

August 13, 2012  |  By zunipus

 |  Version: PDF OCR X Community Edition 1.9.30

Pros

Nice features. Inexpensive.

Cons

Some people consider this 'crippleware', which is sort of correct. I think of the free version as really the DEMO version. Pay for it and you get the full set of features.

Summary

The full version is $30.

I don't understand why that fact can't be listed here. So there you are. I like it. The $30 cost for it's full OCR features is reasonable. If you need it, buy it!

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5 stars

"awesome app!"

August 10, 2011  |  By DragonOfDoom

 |  Version: PDF OCR X Community Edition 1.9.14

Pros

works perfectly and is free.

Cons

a few glitches with smaller fonts

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4 stars

"works perfectly got me"

May 29, 2011  |  By buju357

 |  Version: PDF OCR X Community Edition 1.9.12

Pros

easy to use
converts quickly

Cons

some pics cont convert corectly

Summary

Ive needed to scan in printed pages and convert them to plain text.
this program has worked perfectly in recognizing all the characters on my scanned documents. Obviously there will be some formatting to do after the conversion but that's normal,
for a free program this one works great.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.0.8
Fixed issue with handling some PDFs with rotation.
General
Publisher Web Lite Solutions
Publisher web site http://solutions.weblite.ca
Release Date November 15, 2013
Date Added November 15, 2013
Version 2.0.8
Category
Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory PDF Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 53.16MB
File Name PDF OCR X Community Edition 2.0.8.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 73,202
Downloads Last Week 226
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Community Edition is limited to single-page PDFs and images.
Price Free

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