I had been using this for several years on an older Mac, and then recently bought and installed a different OCR program (Wondershare) on a new Macbook Air. What a mistake, Wondershare simply doesn’t work, or only does so in an extremely user unfriendly and essentially useless mode! Now that I have abandoned Wondershare and installed PDF OCR X Enterprise edition on my Macbook Air, I am back to being able to simply convert pdfs, jpegs, tiffs etc into text - sure there are some files that are harder to convert, sometimes some words or even the whole document is scrambled, but more often only a few words need to be edited. This app just simply works, reliably and intuitively.
Yes, I am a real customer. I purchased this app based upon the reviews that seem to indicate it worked wonders. Did it? Absolutely not. Not a single document was OCR’d to any degree that more than a handful of words were recognized. Neither the save to a Searchable PDF nor the text version worked. I could only find about two words in the entire document, which was very light on text to begin with. This product, in my experience, is not something that should continued to be sold on the App Store. I am not a competitor, I do not work for one; I am an independent translator and interpreter and have to often create word counts for documents that have been scanned. This will not work for that purpose. To top it off, I even tried putting through other documents and the results were a little better, but still not there. I also tried using the add-in for Spanish and, again, it did not work. Sorry, I really had hoped that this product would have done what it promised at $29.99.
I use the scanner to convert lots of old historical documents in a variety of languages; mostly French and English, but some Tahitian and Hawaiian as well.It doesn’t work perfectly, but that doesnt terribly shock me. The documents are often old and worn and the scans imperfect. However, this app has done a better job than just about any of the others I have tried. I am just glad it has been able to pick up most of the words to make doing document searches just a little bit easier.Has been a very good, time saving, investment.
Best OCR yet
I have a copy of ABBYY finreader express and a copy of Wondershare PDF Editor Pro as well as a copy of this software (PDF OCR X Enterprise Addition). While the PDF OCR X is by far the slowest at OCR on my machine it provides the most accurate OCR output and the smallest file size BY FAR of the three. Can only speak for my experience…but…I like this one the best.This is a very good deal indeed.
Out of the first 4 documents I OCR’d. 1 worked, 2 were done partial and created an error when I opened it up in Adobe, the last one recognized about 10% of the text.