PDF OCR X Community Edition for Mac

PDF OCR X Community Edition for Mac


Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 31 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.0.8
File Size:
53.16MB
Date Added:
November 15, 2013
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Total Downloads:
68,176
Downloads Last Week:
303
Product ranking:
#4 in PDF Software
Additional Requirements:
Not available

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 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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  • 1 stars

    "Worthless Cripple-ware"

    May 22, 2011   |   By kludge420

    Version: PDF OCR X Community Edition 1.9.12

    Pros

    You can uninstall it fairly quickly.

    Cons

    Only allows you to do the very first page of a PDF.
    Worthless
    Should not even get one star

    Summary

    I get it, companies need to make money, but putting out a completely useless app doesn't gain you customers it loses them. Not only have I told two people at work about this horrible, horrible app and pointed them toward Adobe but I stopped my own department from buying the "pro" version and instead we just bought Adobe Acrobat.

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