How to Perform Adobe OCR on Scanned Files (Adobe X/XI/DC version Included)?

2017-06-26 21:14:07 / Posted by Rosa Reyes to PDF Follow @ Rosa

Scanned PDFs and images play an essential role in our office to share information conveniently, which makes them a contributing effort for environment-friendly business. However, these file cannot be distributed for permanent use without any changes, we need, so often, to convert these scanned PDFs or Images to be editable formats for further intentions.

What is OCR?

When you search solutions in Google on the issue of converting scanned PDF to Word or any other formats, an array of results list with OCR will definitely come into your eyes. So, we need to be disclosed with the real point about OCR.

OCR (Optical Character Recognition), it is the mechanical or electronic translation of scanned images of handwritten, typewritten or printed text into machine-encoded text. It is widely used to convert books and documents into electronic files, to computerize a record-keeping system in an office, or to publish the text on a website. It is the critical technology to make a scanned PDF or image to be editable, to be searchable, and to be changeable.

Can I Use Adobe Reader to Perform OCR?

If you are working with PDF on a regular basis, with a great chance, you may have installed an Adobe Reader, since you can download it for free. But can you use Adobe Reader (the one for viewing PDFs for free) to Perform OCR? The answer is NO, unless you are a subscribed user. If a free Adobe Reader is all what you got in hand, go directly to the end of post to learn more about best alternative Adobe OCR Software.
Or go to Adobe website and subscribe the Adobe Reader to enable OCR. Check following snapshot to convert scanned PDF in subscribed Adobe Reader:

OCR in adobe reader mac

How to Perform OCR on Scanned PDFs or Images in Adobe Acrobat on Mac/Windows?

Adobe Acrobat provides both Mac and Windows version for users, the ways to perform Adobe OCR does't differ too much between on Mac and that on Windows, and here we will show the steps to perform Adobe OCR on a mac. Windows users can absolutely refer to these steps and perform Adobe OCR on Windows versions.

There are 3 Adobe Acrobat version designed for Mac users: Acrobat X Pro, Acrobat XI Standard, and Acrobat Pro DC. Here we are going to instruct how to perform OCR with these 3 versions in details.

To Perform OCR in Acrobat X Pro, Acrobat XI Standard

Since Acrobat X Pro doesn’t differ from Acrobat XI Standard a lot, the steps to perform OCR with these 2 version are basically the same.

  1. Open PDF in Acrobat X Pro or Acorbat XI Standard
  2. Go to View>Tools>Recognize Text in This Fileocr in adobe x step 2
  3. Select the recognized part to copy to, or export as Word or other formats. The Adobe OCR is done.perform Adobe OCR on mac and windows


Tip: How to check and fix suspected Adobe OCR errors

1. Go to "OCR Suspects" in the Tools pane on the right side;

2. Click "Find First Suspect", Acrobat will identify suspect characters or words for your evaluation.

3. Click on the highlighted objected in the document and type the correct text, then to rectify the next if necessary.

4. Click close one all the suspects are corrected.


To Perform OCR in Adobe Acrobat DC

Adobe Acrobat DC(Adobe Acrobat Document Cloud) is the latest version of Adobe Acrobat, it enables you to convert, edit, sign and track document on any device, it enhances the convenience to share documents anywhere, anytime.

Follow the steps to perform Adobe OCR in Acrobat DC:

  1. Open the file in Acrobat DC
  2. Click "Tools">"Export PDF" in the right pane;perform adobe ocr on mac and windows
  3. Choose output format as following. perform adobe ocr on mac and windows
  4. Click "Export" to perform Adobe OCR instantly. Adobe can automatically perform OCR if the file is scanned. You will get an editable PDF after the Adobe OCR.

Best Alternative Adobe OCR Software

But, if you don’t have a Adobe Acrobat or you are just looking for an alternative OCR Software as powerful as Adobe with a more competitive price to perform PDF OCR, you are recommended to read this part carefully.

Alternative Adobe OCR Software for Mac Users

Cisdem PDF Converter OCR is a professional PDF OCR software for mac designed to convert any PDFs, native or scanned, even images into searchable and editable files,such as PDF, DOCX, DOC, PPTX, PAGES, XLSX, RTFD, TEXT, PPTX, KEYNOTE, EPUB, HTML and Image. It supports batch conversion and understands more than 50 languages. With its easy-to-use interface and high quality OCR recognition, no more documents retyping and reformatting will be required. Besides, this program allows users to create PDF from Microsoft Office files, CHM, HTML, ePub, RTFD, Text and Images easily and fast. Users can even protect, unlock and compress PDF with this program.

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Follow the steps to convert your scanned Files into editable files now.

  1. Add files to Cisdem PDF Converter OCR. Open the "Converter", drag and drop PDF files into the interface, batch conversion is supported.perform ocr on mac 01
  2. Tweak the OCR setting.Once your file is imported, turn the OCR button ON, then select page range and language. Finally, choose the output format according to your needs.perform ocr on mac with cisdem 02
  3. Perform OCR on scanned PDF files. Click "Convert” to process OCR. You will get the editable file created from scanned PDFs accurately and instantly.

Alternative Adobe OCR Software for Windows Users

Readiris 16 for Windows wins great popularity due to its highly accurate OCR performance and extended features, such as compressing PDF, organizing and editing PDF within the program. It can help to export scanned PDF or images into indexed PDF, DOCX, XLSX, ODT, ePub, Audio, RTF, HTML, TXT, TIFF, JPEG, PNG.

Follow the steps to convert your scanned Files into editable files now.

  1. Run Readiris and insert scanned files, you can choose to upload PDF or Image files.adobe ocr windows 01
  2. Once you have imported the scanned file, choose the output as Word or any other supported output formats displayed on the top of the program.adobe ocr windows 02
  3. Open the Word file in the output folder, done.

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1 Comments Leave a Reply

  • Godina

    Really good post for Adobe users to utilize the OCR function, thanks for sharing.

    2 years ago REPLY