How to Perform PDF OCR on Mac

Do you have image-based PDF files that you want to OCR? OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition. This feature allows scanned PDF files to be searchable and editable. Therefore, if you have been struggling to edit scanned PDF files on Mac then this is the right article for you to read. To perform PDF OCR on Mac, you need to look for a PDF software that is built with this functionality. Read on to check it out.

How to OCR PDF on Mac

Now let us see how you can OCR single PDF, and batch OCR PDFs with Wondershare PDFelement for Mac. It supports Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11 and 10.12. After installing it you can now launch it on "Applications" folder.

STEP 1. Upload a Scanned PDF to PDFelement

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To begin with, you need to import PDF file to the program. You can click on "Open File" on the Home window. A window will then appear that allows you to upload files from your local folders.

STEP 2. OCR a PDF on Mac

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Once the scanned PDF file is opened on the program, you will see a notification that your file is a scanned document and you need to perform OCR. Click on the“Perform OCR”button.

A recognize text window will appear on that window which allows you to choose page range. Next choose the OCR language by clicking on the "Arrow Down" button on "Document Language". What follows is to change the dpi of the scanned file. Click on "Downsample to" and select 72 dpi, 150 dpi, 300 dpi, or 600 dpi.

After setting everything right, you can now click on the "Perform OCR" button. The program will begin to OCR PDF file and you will see the progress on the screen.

STEP 3. Batch OCR PDF on Mac

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To batch OCR PDF files on Mac, click on the "OCR" button.. A new window will appear where you will be able to upload scanned files. You can also upload a folder of files by clicking on the "Add File" icon.

After that click on the file and choose language and pages that you want to OCR. Complete the action by clicking on the "OCR" button. The program will begin to OCR the files immediately.

STEP 4. Edit Your PDF after OCR (Optional)

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After the file or files have been performed OCR, you can now open it with the program. Then click on the "Edit" button on the tool bar. Navigate the cursor to a text field and click to insert text, delete text or edit text. You can also edit images by double clicking on the image.