OCR App to allow spotlight to index PDFs

Discussion in 'macOS' started by kmaute, Nov 11, 2009.

  1. kmaute macrumors 6502

    kmaute

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    Hey all,

    I have a huge amount of PDF documents that do not have selectable text (i.e. PDF'd as images or whatever - not sure on the terminology here.) I'd like to find an app that would index them for use with spotlight. The OCR doesn't need to be great, just random keywords (i.e. if they got half the words right, I'd be ecstatic). Any ideas?
     
  2. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

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    Quite sure you are looking for something less expensive than Omnipage.
     
  3. kmaute thread starter macrumors 6502

    kmaute

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    Something along those lines would be great, obviously free is preferred. Ideally, it would not process the text into a text file but rather just embed itself as text into the PDF... I may be asking for the impossible here but I figured I'd check. Thanks.
     
  4. rockstarjoe macrumors 6502a

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    Do you know anyone with Acrobat Professional? You can do batch OCR in there and save the PDFs with the OCR embedded...
     
  5. kmaute thread starter macrumors 6502

    kmaute

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    Indeed, yes. I actually own CS4 and was delighted to discover this feature and have been happily OCRing documents for the last 15 hours or so. Thank you.
     

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