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How to OCR a PDF to Text in Mac OS X (Mavericks Included)

Need to perform OCR to digitize the text on image-based PDF files on Mac? This is the best way to get text from scanned PDF files. Otherwise, you have to type the PDF text on a Word processor line by line. To OCR a PDF on Mac, an OCR-based PDF tool is needed. Here you can try a cost-effective PDF tool, Wondershare PDF Converter Pro for Mac. It is a powerful little app that lets you OCR PDF to Text in OS X Mavericks, Lion, or Mountain Lion. Take a glimpse at how it works.


Step 1. Download the OCR Converter for OS X Mavericks

Click the download button to download the Mac OCR Converter. After getting the .dmg installation package, install the app on your iMac, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. If you have a Windows PC, you can try the Windows version as well.

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Step 2. OCR PDF files in Mac

Click the quick start icon on the desktop to launch the PDF OCR Converter for Mac. And then drag and drop PDF files to the app. When an image-based scanned PDF is added, a pop-up will appear, asking you to select the right language for the added PDF file and enable OCR. Check the language box and click the Enable OCR button.

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Step 3. Select the right language for the PDF file

Click PDF Converter Pro on the ribbon to enter the Preferences… dialogue box. Click the OCR tab. From here, you should select the right language for the scanned PDF file you’ve added to the app. By default, the selected language is English.

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Step 4. OCR PDF to Text in Mac

On PDF item bar, you will see a little setting button. Click it to reveal the output format options. Select Word document (.docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf) or Plain Text (.txt) as the output format. Click the Convert button to OCR PDF to Text. It takes 1 or 2 minutes for Wondershare PDF Converter Pro for Mac to finish the whole process. This is how to OCR a scanned PDF in Mac OS X Lion/Mountain Lion.

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After selecting Text as the output format, just click the Convert button to OCR PDF to Text. It takes 1 or 2 minutes for Wondershare PDF Converter Pro for Mac to finish the whole process. This is how to OCR a scanned PDF in Mac OS X Lion/Mountain Lion and Windows.

Perform OCR to scanned PDF to recognize text right now!

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Watch the video tutorial for how to OCR a PDF file to text

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Summer
Sorry, PDF is a format which is widely used to ship documents that people don\'t want to change. That\'s why no feature of converting image-based PDF documents as editable ones. And after OCR PDF to text, it\'ll be much easier for you to reuse or edit the PDF file content.
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Why doesn\'t the converted pdf come in the same format as the Original?
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