1. Technology
Send to a Friend via Email
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Discuss in my forum

OCR for Macintosh

By

OCR (Optical Charactor Recognition) is the process of turning a picture of words (such as a scan of a typed letter) into an editable document that you can open and use in your desktop publishing software, word processor, or other text editor. Today's OCR packages contain sophisticated support for multiple languages, PDF and HTML output, and format retention.

This list updated September 2010.

ABBYY FineReader

ABBYY FineReader for Mac
© ABBYY

The Mac version of their OCR which handles PDF and HTML and retains document formatting is a 2010 Macworld awards winner. 

FineReader Express Edition for Mac

Nuance OmniPage

OmniPage Pro X for Mac Image Courtesy of PriceGrabber
OmniPage Pro X for Mac Image Courtesy of PriceGrabber

Formerly from ScanSoft, in addition to OCR that retains formating and includes table formating, it allows the conversion of PDF files to various formats or the conversion of paper documents to PDF. Despeckle Mode improves character recognition for poor-quality originals. Includes Voice Read Back, HTML support, and multiple language support. The newest versions for OmniPage appear to be Windows only. The Mac version is no longer found on the Nuance site so it may be harder to find now.

OmniPage Pro X (Version 10) for Mac

Compare Prices

Readiris for Mac

Readiris Pro 12 Image courtesy of PriceGrabber
Readiris Pro 12 Image courtesy of PriceGrabber

Handles paper and PDF documents in over a hundred languages. Includes PDF and HTML output along with text, RTF, and other formats. The Corporate edition adds more compression levels, unlimited pages of recognition per document. Demo of Pro edition available.

Readiris Pro 12 for Mac and Readiris Corporate 12 for Mac

Compare Prices
  1. About.com
  2. Technology
  3. Desktop Publishing
  4. Graphics Tutorials
  5. Scanning
  6. OCR: Document Scanning & Optic
  7. OCR Software for Macintosh - Optical Character Recognition - Mac OCR Software

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.