OCR software so that I can use my camera as a scanner

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  1. macrumors 65816

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    I am under the impression that I can use my camera as a scanner and convert the pictures to pdf and documents that can be edited (cut and paste, type etc)

    Does anyone have any advice on any good ocr software to do this.

    I have scanner pro for my iPhone and now need something for my mac.

    If it has the capability to covert to word docs etc that would be great:)
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    We just use Adobe Acrobat. Seems to work ok. We scan documents on our color copier which saves them as PDF's. I open that PDF in Acrobat and run OCR on it. Then I copy the text into InDesign (or Word or whatever you want) and format and fix the errors.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for your reply. Is that the pro version of adobe? Or the regular free one? I don't have the pro one
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    I experimented with using camera images and OCR. Mixed results, but original documents were not that good to begin with.

    You'd need Acrobat Pro for OCR. It does a good job. It also does all kinds of useful things with PDFs. Stand alone is pricey unless you get a student/teacher discount ~$120. I get it as part of a Creative Suite package.

    ABBYY FineReader Express is also quite good. Pretty simple interface and it only does OCR $99, but search for a coupon and you can take $20 off that.

    ReadIris Pro is much more configurable than the others, but I don't think it is quite as accurate--though it is good. $129, but they sent me this link for $70 off.

    http://link2.irislink.com/u.d?SYGtukTbzlytiOfZxLyN=491

    VelOCRaptor has a free download and costs $29. By their own admission, it is acceptable for occasional use with good images.

    There are others, but I haven't worked them.
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    Like Steve said, it's the Pro version that has OCR built in. I think we got ours with the Creative Suite as well or you can buy it alone.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I can get the student discount for adobe so that is good, are there any other applications or is this the best for the money:)
     
  7. macrumors regular

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    Download acrobat and give it a test run for 30 days and see if it does what you like. Do you have use for the other things that it can do? If so, go for it. If you simply want OCR you can save a few $$ by buying the others.

    If you have use for Photoshop or some other Adobe apps, you might consider a bundle, but now we are talking about more money.

    There are other apps. OmniPage comes to mind. It is very expensive. I used it about 15 years ago, so I really can't give you an accurate review of its current capabilities. I wasn't happy then, but I probably wouldn't have been happy with the alternatives back then either.

    Here is a list of OCR software on the Wikipedia.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_optical_character_recognition_software
     
  8. thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the help guys. I have downloaded the trial. I am stuck on how to open up the correct adobe application and how to import pictures to it to create a pdf. Any help would be appreciated:) Having done the install these are the adobe applications I have (please see pic)
     

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  9. macrumors newbie

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    Almost OCR

    If you use NeatReceipts (Neat), when it pulls in documents and receipts, it automatically does an OCR on them, then saves them as a PDF (in the neat receipts library). Since it does an ocr on everything, the PDF it saves now has been OCR'd. You can open any of the PDFs and do a copy and paste from them into your favorite text processor.

    BTW, the names of the files are not self evident, and you have to right click on the library and select "show Package" to be able to see the files.

    But, if you have Neat, this is an moderately acceptable way to do quick and dirty OCR extractions.

    I use my camera (iPhone or iPad) or scanner to get the picture of my doc, then import it into Neat. Works well for most things.
     

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