Best OCR Software for Mac 2020: Top 10 OCR Apps (Big Sur Included)

2020-09-10 04:56:00 / Posted by Rosa Reyes to PDF Follow @ Rosa

We are in the times when paperless office penetrating through our work, we use digitized files on a regular basis. However, there are great chances we need to further edit these non-editable or non-searchable files for different intentions. And OCR is applied to make these scanned files to be editable. For a Mac user, using the best OCR software for mac is often considered as the easiest way to do the OCR job.

Users’ Pick---The Most Affordable & Accurate OCR Software for Mac

You may have noticed that almost all OCR software comes with a relatively high price tag. Yes, OCR is never easy and cheap. But there is one just combines all the things you need, affordability, OCR accuracy and simplicity---Cisdem PDF Converter OCR.

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Highlight of Cisdem PDF Converter OCR

  1. Low Price---With $59.99, you can get a lifetime license and 7/24 technical support from Cisdem to do OCR jobs. Also, the program is under active development, you can upgrade to its latest version for free at anytime.
  2. High OCR Accuracy---Cisdem can precisely recognize texts from scanned or image documents, it won't waste your time and effort to revise the words or sentences. Also, it can retain the original formatting, layout and image resolution, especially when you are exporting a PDF to Word format, the Word output will look exactly as the original PDF file.
  3. Do OCR on Protected PDFs---Cisdem can automatically remove the owner-password protection and continue OCR processing. For user-password protection, you can either enter the correct password or turn to Cisdem solution to unlock the PDF first, then go on with OCR.
  4. Batch and Fast OCR---Cisdem supports to do OCR on multiple files at one time and won’t crash or get slow when doing batch OCR
  5. OCR files in 200+ language---Cisdem offers an extra version on its website to recognize files in 200+ languages.
  6. Advanced OCR Settings---It allows users to export specific parts of the file as Text, Image or Table, instead of converting the whole file into single one format.
  7. Extended features---It can convert native PDFs, create PDFs from other documents with password added or compression enabled.

Easy Step to Use the Best OCR Software for Mac

Step 1Download and install the free trial of Cisdem PDF Converter on Mac.

Drag and drop scaned or image documents into Converter interface.

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Step 2Turn OCR button ON.

Choose page range, file language and output format.

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Step 3Click “Convert” to start OCR.

(Optional) Use Advanced OCR

If you are not satisfied with current OCR result or you want high-quality OCR, you can click the settings icon to bring up the Advanced OCR interface. You will find all the contents are auto marked as texts, images or tables in different colors. For example, if you want to export a specific area as text, click on “Mark Texts” in the OCR applied zone, then drag a mark box to include the contents you want to mark as texts.

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Full List of Top 10 OCR Software for Mac 2020

Do you have any clues about how to pick top OCR software for mac? 

The OCR accuracy! And this is just what those free Mac OCR tools cannot guarantee for users. OCR accuracy refers to how much can the OCR software recognize from the files and how much can it maintain in term of formatting, layout, etc. The more it is capable of making the OCR output look the same as the original file, the higher accuracy it can bring, and the better it is. 

And basing on this, we finally collect the following list of 10 best OCR software for mac in the year of 2019-2020, with high OCR accuracy. In the list of 10 best OCR software for mac, you may have tried some of them or may want to learn about the details fast. Therefore, the following table are for your quick review.

OCR App Support Input Price
No.1 Adobe Acrobat DC PDF


No.2 ABBYY FineReader Pro for Mac PDF, Image, Scans $119.99
No.3 Cisdem PDF Converter OCR PDF and Image $59.99
No.4 Readiris PDF, Image, Scans $99
No.5 Foxit PhantomPDF PDF, Image, Scans $139
No.6 Prizmo PDF and Image $74.99
No.7 PDFPen PDF and Image $74.95
No.8 PDF Element PDF and Image $99
No.9 OCR KIT Pro PDF and Image €69.99


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  • No.1 Adobe Acrobat DC

Not surprised that Adobe ranks as No.1, right? We all know the power of Adobe products, a great PDF tool to edit, create, and make interactive PDFs. There is an automatic OCR engine in Adobe Acrobat DC, Acrobat automatically applies optical character recognition (OCR) to your document and converts it to a fully editable copy of your PDF. It also helps to turn scanned documents into searchable PDFs, export PDFs to Office and image formats. You can even fill forms, sign, comment, and share, virtually everything you want to do on a PDF with Adobe Acrobat DC. 

Input format: PDF

Output format: PDF, Docx, XLSX, PPTX, HTML, Image(JPEG, TIFF, PNG), RTF, Postscript, Text, XML 1.0

Batch OCR: No

OCR Accuracy: High

Price: $14.99/month

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  • No.2 ABBYY FineReader Pro for Mac

ABBYY FineReader Pro is the OCR software combines exceptional OCR and document conversion quality with an intuitive interface. It can precisely recognize text and retain layout with a support of more than 180 languages. You can easily convert PDF to Word on mac, also output the files into various formats like TXT, XSLX, EPBU, HTML, PDF, etc. It also supports batch processing and Text-to-Speech, quite time saving and convenient for every user.

When processing images, the image editor will enable you to improving the quality by correcting brightness and contrast, straightening curved text lines, correcting trapezium distortions, reducing ISO noise and removing motion blur, spliting dual pages, cropping images, and so on.

Input format: PDF, Image(TIFF,  JPEG, JPEG 2000, JBIG, JBIG2, GIF, PNG,  BMP)


Batch OCR: No

OCR Accuracy: High


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  • No.3 Cisdem PDF Converter OCR

PDF Converter OCR is an enhanced PDF OCR software designed to convert any PDF and images into searchable and editable files. It supports 16 output formats and 200+ languages. The batch conversion feature will save users a lot of time and efforts to deal with multiple scanned documents. With its easy-to-use interface and high quality OCR recognition, no more documents retyping and reformatting will be required.

What's more, this PDF OCR converter enables users to create PDF from many other documents, also protect/unprotect PDFs. Even, you can customize the PDF size and quality within this program.

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Input formats: Native PDF, Scanned PDF, Secured PDF, Image


Batch OCR: Yes

OCR Accuracy: High


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  • No.4 Readiris Pro 17 Mac

Readiris Pro 17 Mac is an OCR software for Mac OS built to convert photos and scanned Images into editable formats including:DOCX/RTF/TXT/HTML/IMAGE. It will preserve the original formatting and easily back up your files in Drive/Box/iCloud/Evernote, etc. Particularly for PDF files, Readiris Pro 17 Mac allows users to create, add, merge, delete, edit, sign, and compress pages.

Input formats: JPG, GIF, PSD, PNG, TIFF, BMP, PDF, Scanned images (Image Capture) (TWAIN)

Output formats: PDF, DOCX, XLSX, ODT, ePub, RTF, HTML, TXT, TIFF, JPEG, PNG, MP3, WAV, etc

Batch OCR: No

OCR Accuracy: High


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  • No.5 Foxit PhantomPDF

Foxit PhantomPDF is a PDF tool with vast editing functionalities, you can edit texts and images in your PDF, also add, delete, extract, rotate PDF pages easily. Of course you can manage the PDFs by freely splitting or merging, create PDF, fill out PDF form, sign, protect and annotate PDFs . Foxit PhantomPDF for Mac also comes with a fast OCR technology to convert scanned PDF image, even scans to multiple formats like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, HTML and TXT. 

Input format: PDF, Image, Scans

Output format: PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, HTML and TXT

Batch OCR: No

OCR Accuracy: Good


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  • No.6 Prizmo 3 - Pro Pack

Prizmo 3-Pro Pack is a scanning application with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) in 23 languages. Prizmo can be used by everyone, thanks to its support of VoiceOver. Prizmo includes a specific processing depending on the type of document (text, business card, image) you want to process, you are also allowed to manually update or edit recognized information if you want to make some corrections. Even you can share files after OCR processing via iCloud, Evernote, Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, WebDAV.

Input format: JPEG, RAW, TIFF,PDF 

Outformat: Prizmo Documents (.pzdoc), JPEG, TIFF, PNG, vCards, PDF, RTF, TXT

Batch OCR: Yes

OCR Accuracy: Good


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  • No.7 PDFPen

PDFPen is a versatile PDF tool to add signatures, text, and images, to make changes and correct typos, to fill out forms, also to perform OCR mac. As you can see, OCR is just one impressive feature among its versatilities. It can perform OCR on scanned documents, users are allowed to adjust resolution, color depth and contrast, skew and size of an image or scanned document, and also you can have quick edits with the context-sensitive popup-menus.

Input format: PDF and Image

Output format: Word, PDF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF

Batch OCR: No

OCR Accuracy: Good


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  • No.8 PDF Element

PDFelement allows you to easily create, edit, annotate or convert your PDF files to other popular formats. PDFelement can detect whether a PDF file is scanned or just native, then make corresponding suggestions to initiate OCR. After OCR, it will open the new created PDF file in PDFelement automatically, then users can click "EDIT" >"Edit Text" button to modify the text of the PDF file.

Input format:PDF

Output format: PDF, Excel, Docx, Powerpoint, Pages, Epub, RTF, TXT, HTML, Image

Batch OCR: No

OCR Accuracy: Good


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  • No.9 OCR KIT Pro

OCR KIT Pro utilizes OCR technology to recognize the text in the graphic, it can convert any PDF or graphic file into searchable PDF,RTF,HTML and TXT by simple drag&drop the file into its interface. It supports 25 languages and automatic rotation of the file. Also, it builds in a setting interface to adjust the preferences for better OCR. 

Input Format:PDF, TIFF, JPEG, JPEG2000, PNG, PNM, BMP, PCX, GIF as well as OpenEXR.

Output Format: PDF, HTML, RTFand TXT.

Batch OCR: No

OCR Accuracy: Medium


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  • No.10 PDF OCR X

PDF OCR X is a simple drag-and-drop utility that convert scanned PDF to text or searchable PDF files. This is particularly useful for dealing with PDFs that were created via a Scan-to-PDF function in a scanner or photo copier. It also supports 60 languages and batch conversion.

Input format: GIF, JPG, PNG, BMP, and PICT,PDF

Output format: Text and Searchable PDF.

Batch OCR: Yes

OCR Accuracy: Medium


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​In fact, OCR software with elegant performance on the market is still small in quantity. Among these 10 OCR software, I highly recommend Cisdem PDF Converter OCR or ABBYY FineReader Pro, both are exclusively designed to process OCR on mac, and they do bring highly accurate OCR results.

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3 Comments Leave a Reply

  • Paul Cohen

    Some of the listed tools are PDF editors, right? I am considering about an OCR converter, will try on each one and thanks.

    1 years ago REPLY
  • Jadon

    Yes, nothing can outperform Adobe on managing PDFs, but in view of OCR ability, professional ocr tools do better, I will try ABBYY and OCRWIZARD, these 2 got a huge fame among users.

    4 years ago REPLY
  • Elisa

    A good list to share, gonna try the top 3 tools to edit my scanned PDFs.

    4 years ago REPLY