As the awareness of creating a paperless office increases among more and more people, scanned documents (basically scanned PDF files and image) has become a great part of our paper work in office. Yet, very often, we need to edit a scanned document to make changes. Here are multiple solutions to edit a scanned PDF or image document on MacOS and Windows respectively.
A PDF editor seems to be the only solution on this issue. But in fact, most of users finally choose to edit the scanned PDF or image document without paying for a PDF editor that is priced quite high. The easiest way to edit a scanned PDF or image document, for many users, is exporting the scanned file as an editable format, then edit the file in its corresponding document editor.
So if you don’t have a PDF editor, or don’t want to invest too much money on edit a scanned document. You can wisely make use of PDF converters to make scanned documents editable for further modifications.
Cisdem PDF Converter OCR, a dedicated PDF converter for mac with OCR capability, to convert native, scanned PDF and images to 16 formats, while maintaining the original file quality (layout, format, image quality, etc). Differing from those PDF editors, Cisdem PDF Converter OCR can make scanned documents editable in batch and in abundant output formats. Even, its built-in creator allows users to create PDF from other files, and customize the PDF size & quality as needed.
Once you have installed and launched the PDF converter on your mac, go to "Converter", drag and drop the scanned documents in PDF or click “+” to add single or multiple scanned files into the program.
Turn the OCR function ON, select page range and language. Choose the output as Word or any other supported editable formats. Finally click “Convert” to make the scanned document editable.
If you have exported the scanned file as Word, open with Office and edit the scanned document on your mac now.
There are also several PDF converters for Windows, and here we recommend PDFMate PDF Converter Professional, a comprehensive PDF conversion tool to convert native and scanned PDF into Excel, Word, Text, ePub, Image, etc. It can also work as PDF splitter and merger, manager.
As we all know, nearly all scanned documents are saved in PDF format because of its capability to retain and present original file elements, to be easily accessed on different platforms as well. Assuming you are working with PDF on a regular basis, you probably got a PDF editor installed. And most of PDF editors build in OCR features to edit a scanned PDF document directly. Here we recommended 2 tools.
When talking about PDF editor, is that Adobe product the one first comes to your head? Then, you can absolutely edit a scanned document on mac with Adobe.Here we use subscribed Adobe Acrobat DC(price at $14.99/month), the latest Adobe Acrobat version to demonstrate how to edit a scanned document on mac.
Adobe Acrobat DC also gets the Windows version for users. But here we recommend another PDF editor to edit a scanned document on Windows, ABLE2EXTRACT PROFESSIONAL 11(price at $149.95).
It is an all-in-one PDF editor, allowing users to convert native and scanned to Word, Excel, CSV, AutoCAD, etc, to annotate, to redact and edit PDF content.
If you don’t work on scanned documents that often, you can use online free OCR software to save the money. The principle of using online free service is similar to that of PDF converter, do ocr on the scanned document to make them editable. The biggest benefit of using online service is that you can utilize this method both on MacOS and Windows.
Here we recommended OnlineOCR, a platform enabling users to make scanned PDF and image document in editable Word, Excel, Text format. It is simple to use and preserves the original PDF formatting well.
As for myself, I would like to turn to PDF Converter for help. PDF Editor always costs a lot, still gets limited output formats, while online OCR service may get you nowhere because of unstable conversion quality. However, a OCR PDF Converter for Mac or for Windows will enable scanned documents to be different editable formats, and you can edit a scanned document as you want to.
Rosa has worked in Mac software industry for more than eight years. She believes that the purpose of software is to make life better and work more productively. In addition to writing, Rosa is also an avid runner.