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Standard User DIOGENES
(committed) Fri 13-Dec-13 14:38:37
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Search Scanned PDF


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I have scores of magazine pages scanned into PDF files - usually one or two pages per file.
I would like to be able to search each file for some particular words.
Unfortunately Acrobat XI version 11.0.04 and Preview Version 6.0.1 (765.6) do not seem to be able to search PDF documents produced by scanning.

There do seem to be software packages to make PDF documents searchable - but only for WINDOWS.

http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2013/...

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/making-scanned...

Is there anything suitable for Apple Macs?

We have 3 macs, on OS 10.2.8, 10.3.9, 10.8.5 and could use any or all of them.
Standard User DRW
(committed) Fri 13-Dec-13 15:41:44
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Re: Search Scanned PDF


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Have a look at this service - it might help you

http://www.onlineocr.net
Standard User David_W
(fountain of knowledge) Sun 15-Dec-13 22:45:21
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Re: Search Scanned PDF


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If you have Acrobat (not just Adobe Reader), you should have the "Recognize Text" feature, which will OCR the bitmaps and make them searchable. I don't believe this is a feature limited to Acrobat Pro, but I could be mistaken.


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Standard User DIOGENES
(committed) Sat 28-Dec-13 19:48:29
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Re: Search Scanned PDF


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Thanks for the replies.

"If you have Acrobat (not just Adobe Reader), you should have the "Recognize Text" feature, which will OCR the bitmaps and make them searchable."
Unfortunately Apple chose to provide only Adobe Reader with a new MacBookPro at £1500.
I don't want to pay £131 for Acrobat, just yet.

"Have a look at this service - it might help you
http://www.onlineocr.net "

I did download that but could not get it to work.
I will try again in 2014.


It may seem strange but when I bought my G4 iMac in 2002 or so it came supplied with an OCR application, free of charge - part of the Classic suite.
Apple seem to have perfected the art of selling less product for more cash.
Likewise that G4 package included a database app and a spreadsheet app in Appleworks - all for 'nothing added to purchase price'.
Standard User DIOGENES
(committed) Thu 28-Aug-14 22:44:05
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Have a look at this service - it might help you

http://www.onlineocr.net
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Thanks to DRW.
At last I have got round to trying to use this OCR web site, with our MBP, and am pleased to say that it works and is free!
Standard User DRW
(committed) Fri 29-Aug-14 18:08:48
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Glad it worked -
I have also discovered that the Vuescan software also includes an OCR feature - you can get a free to use version.

Just Google Vuescan
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