Good OCR text software compatible with 10.8?

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  1. Iphone4sinwhite macrumors 6502

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    I recently purchased a Brother ADS 2000 document scanner. The scanner works will but the Presto PageManager 9 software for Mac is terrible. It routinely freezes, spits out garbage, doesn't save documents, or combine scans properly.

    What is a good application that will work with this scanner and will allow me to perform OCR text recognition on 50 page scanned documents?
     
  2. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    Abby Finereader and Adobe Acrobat XI are both really good.


    /Jim
     
  3. Iphone4sinwhite thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, both of those titles have a much higher feature set than I'm looking for. Does pdfscanner perform OCR recognition at a similar accuracy level?
     
  4. jlc1978 macrumors 68000

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    Try vuescan:

    http://www.hamrick.com/ocr.html

    Great software (I've used it for years, starting with the PC version) and they have a free trial
     
  5. Iphone4sinwhite thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Have you used the ABBYY FineReader Express Edition for Mac or the Windows version?
     
  6. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    Mac version. It ships free with Fujitsu Scansnap S1500M that I bought.

    I've also use VueScan... it saved my butt for my negative scanner. It is a fantastic company. I didn't know it had OCR capability... nor have I used OCR using VueScan.

    /Jim
     
  7. admwright macrumors regular

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    Is this not built in with the OS? You used to be able to scan to pdf and this would do the OCR of the fly giving you a text PDF rather than an image pdf.
     
  8. Weaselboy Moderator

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    That is just a scanned image saved as a PDF, but no OCR is performed. You will need to buy an aftermarket app for OCR.
     
  9. phoenixsan macrumors 65816

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    I have.....

    heard more good things about AbbyReader than about Wondershare, in good conscience....


    :):apple:
     
  10. Iphone4sinwhite thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Abbyy Reader works great!

    I'm scanning a lot of engineering documents. Is there anyway I can type Greek letters into the search bar and find them in documents that I have scanned with Abby Reader?
     
  11. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    I am on the road now, and cannot easily check for you. I am not sure if it is Abbyy, Acrobat, DevonThink, or my ScanSnap S100M... but someplace I saw a menu option of which languages to support. I only selected english... so I cannot comment on effectiveness.

    /Jim
     
  12. Iphone4sinwhite thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Figured it out.

    Abbyy FineReader can scan english and greek. I can then copy a particular greek letter from wikipedia.

    I'm a recent Mac convert; I haven't found an equivalent to character map yet.
     
  13. MathRulz macrumors regular

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    Go to System Preferences in the Apple menu in the upper left corner. Open "Language & Text"

    Go to "Input Sources" tab and check "Keyboard & Character Viewer." This will put the small flag (shown just to the left of the words Keyboard & Character Viewer) into the menus on the upper right of your computer. (The area with the time/date, spotlight, volume control, wi-fi and bluetooth symbols, etc.)
     
  14. ReneR macrumors 6502

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    OCRKit anyone? Made for Mac, fast, simple, inexpensive, ...
     
  15. Carloo macrumors newbie

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    Hi, in my job (I am working at a book with many Latin and Old Greek texts) I have similar needs to the quoted sentence, ie I have to handle many multilingual texts and quote them into my book. A good Ocr would safe my time. Please do figure that most of the time I am allowed just to take a picture with my camera or my iphone in the public library. For my needs is Ocr of Abby really good and better than Readiris?
     
  16. LifeNewsIdeas macrumors newbie

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    ExactScan

    I now use ExactScan Pro with my Brother scanner, it does OCR fast into perfect PDFs...
     

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