PDF OCR X Community Edition

Version: 2.0.8 || Release Date: 2013-11-15 || License: Freeware Developer: Web Lite Solutions Corp. | App Owner: shannah

PDF OCR is a simple drag-and-drop utility for Mac OS X, that converts your PDFs into text documents.

PDF OCR is a simple drag-and-drop utility for Mac OS X, that converts your PDFs and images into text documents. It uses advanced OCR (optical character recognition) technology to extract the text of the PDF or image even if that text is contained in an image. This is particularly useful for dealing with PDFs that were created via a Scan-to-PDF function in a scanner or photo copier.

The Community Edition supports images and single-page PDFs. For multi-page PDFs you should upgrade to the Enterprise Edition.

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I see a new version of this app pop up what seems like every two weeks. What i don't see tho is some sort of release notes on what has changed, not here, but on the applications homepage. Does anyone know if such a thing exists?

This sort of tool is needed, as too many document online are shared as pdf's. The price, $30 might be well worth it to many, but it's hard to assess that with the very limited free version. Most documents I have tested with have a front page containing a tittle and a date, not enough to see if this tool's got what it takes to get my job done.
As there is hard to find competitors that seems serious, I have to either pay for this one and hope, or give it up. The free "communety edition" seems worthless as a basis for assessing this tools capabilities. It seems to work, kinda, but without testing with real data (lots of pages) it's hard to say.

The GUI also seems to contain some annoying dialogue-boxes, I do not need to most of them. "converting filename..." and "message: conversion complete" are separate popups.. The language/format options I can live with, although I tend to work with the same settings over and over.

But: I we tools like this, only better.

This sort of tool is needed, as too many document online are shared as pdf's. The price, $30 might be well worth it to many, but it

@shannah Fair enough, my remark about no time spent on it was completely uncalled for and i apologize for that. But my remarks about the UI still stand, but now i at least know that it was a conscious decision that steered it.

@blomma Correction from my previous post. Should read "users like yourself that prefer NOT to have their hand held."

@blomma Thanks for the critique. Most of the choices that you criticize were arrived at based on user feedback. They are all based on minimizing support requests. The original UI was more along the lines that you seem to be preferring (with preference panes rather than dialogs), but they tended to result in more support requests from users who needed to be directed through every step of the process. We'll weigh this criticism and possibly introduce an optional "expert mode" for users like yourself that prefer to to have their hand held.

As for the accusation that no time/work has been put into this software and that is merely involves a cobbling together of open source software, I think that's unfair. This app contains over 20,000 lines of original code, including a pre-parser for multi-column pages to recognize formatting before it feeds it to tesseract, and a number of other functions to assist in processing the PDFs into a form that can be handled by tesseract.

@shannah Oh yeah i almost forgot.

When you close the text window with the converted text without having saved first up pops a dialog with the text 'Unsaved Changes' with Cancel, No, Yes as the choices. And only in the title window of the popup dialog does it say 'Save this document before closin'. Holy crap that is a pisspoor dialog.

Look, it is obvious that the developer of this has spent precious little time getting the UI right. In fact i would say he has spent zero time on it.

Since the developer has just taken various opensource projects and spent no time at all making a UI, what exactly are we paying 30 dollars for?

@shannah In general some thought needs to be put into how people are using it and streamline the process of conversion, having three dialogs popup during the conversion is not kosher. It took me less than 3 minutes with the program to see these problems, which makes me think that either the developer thinks this is good or he doesn't care. Either of these is bad.

@shannah fair enough.

  • If you drop a multipage pdf on the window you get a dialog that reminds you that it is in fact a multi page pdf and it will only convert the first page. This dialog should have a checkbox to never show it again, it is beyond annoying to have it popup every time.
    The second dialog box should be a preference, having it popup every time is equally annoying.
    The third dialog that just tells you that the conversion is complete is useless, just show the text window instead directly and only show a dialog if there was a problem.
  • If you drop multiple pfd's on the drop area you sometimes don't get the second dialog asking about how to convert the document. You also don't get the third okay dialog and no text window, instead you get a dialog saying it has saved the converted files to text files. But it only saves one of the files to text, the rest never gets converted.

These are just of the top of my head.

@blomma Please suggest how you think the GUI can be improved? This is the first feedback received showing dissatisfaction about the GUI, so make your voice heard and your feedback has a good chance of being incorporated into future releases.

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