How often do you deal with scanned files for work? If very often, a professional PDF OCR program will be of great help to cope with your scanned files efficiently. OCR technology has made strides over the past years, I guess you won’t be unfamiliar with the leader in this field, IRIS OCR.
In the past 30 years, IRIS OCR has gone through different Readiris versions and finally brought us its ever best one now---Readiris 17. Its new features instantly grasp users’ attention. Here we will have an unbiased IRIS OCR review, revealing its pros and cons and guide you how to use IRIS OCR.
I.R.I.S, established in 1986, is a dedicated world leader in OCR technologies and mobile scanning, it provides PDF OCR software, Document Capture OCR software, portable scanners, SDK, even a wide range of business solutions designed for education, health, legal, real estate, logistics, notarial and public.
While, it OCR solution, also named as I.R.I.S OCR, is offered to users in terms of personal OCR software or business OCR solution, aiming to get all kinds of documents (PDF, captures, passport, business card, barcode, paper file from a scanner, etc.) into computer-readable files in an extremely convenient way. With its flagship OCR product---Readiris software, IRIS OCR contributes all its best to make paperless office much easier and efficient.
Main Features of Readiris OCR
It is lucky that IRIS OCR finally offers a free trial for users now, you just need to submit your name and email address to download the free trial. However, there are limitations for free IRIS OCR version:
That’s to say, there is no limitations on the features, you can have a full experience on its OCR performance, but are only allowed to convert 150 pages during 10 days.
IRIS OCR package is about 300MB, you will take some to download and install the program, but the whole installation is quite easy, you just need to follow the IRIS wizard and make the program run on your mac or windows.
IRIS OCR provides a user-friendly interface, tidy and neat. The main window is left for file viewing, with OCR settings allocated on the top. While, on the right side of the interface, there are tools offered to adjust the imported file for accurate OCR result.
Comparing with PDF OCR converters, IRIS OCR offers more benefits, but comparing with some PDF editors, IRIS OCR doesn’t have enough space to accommodate all necessary editing tools.
To choose an OCR tool, its OCR performance is definitely the key. To be frank, IRIS OCR performs professional, but not as good as I expect.
#1 OCR Input
What pitiful is that, IRIS OCR cannot work on large image. In my test, I uploaded a 4.7MB PNG image for OCR, but it could not upload and open. And such an internal error also happens on large PDFs.
#2 OCR Speed
When uploading file to IRIS OCR, it will take several seconds to analyze and process the file; when exporting, another several seconds are also required for formatting; still, it needs extra seconds to open the output file. According to my OCR experience, I think IRIS OCR is fast, much faster than its competitors.
#3 OCR Accuracy
Before testing IRIS OCR, I have a relatively high expectation on its OCR accuracy, however, it doesn’t turn out this way.
As you can see in the following screenshot, words marked in Yellow suggest that there are suspected OCR errors. In fact, there are less OCR errors than displayed as following, this is caused by needless gaps between letters.
As for the formatting, it preserved well and little work will be required on this part.
Though there are OCR errors, IRIS OCR offers a good solution for this, it allows users to directly edit the text within the program and keep these changes in output file;
#4 Open OCR Result
This is really convenient. Users won’t need to find and open the output file step by step, right after the OCR process, the output file will be displayed in defaulted app automatically for further editing.
IRIS OCR supports to import scanned documents directly from your computer, also import digital copy of the paper files you sent to the connected scanner. In 3 steps, you can perform IRIS ocr fast and well on scanned documents.
Iris OCR is actually leading in this field, but with the development of OCR technology and wide application of OCR software, more and more profession OCR software also play an increasingly important role to getting scanned files into editable formats. Here we will take Cisdem PDFConverterOCR as the example to show how they exceed similar products in PDF OCR performance.
Cisdem PDF Converter OCR is a OCR software to convert native, scanned and images into 16 formats, including Word, Excel, PPTX, iWork, ePub, Text, etc, in batch or partially. Its OCR accuracy makes it the best Iris OCR software alternative on mac.
Though Iris OCR is going to lead in OCR services for some time, other OCR software developers still embrace a lots of chances to prosper in this field with ever increasing creativity and functionality, more and more OCR software like OCR PDF Converter for Mac will come to the fore.
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.