What is IRIS OCR and How to Perform IRIS OCR?

2017-09-07 21:45:34 / Posted by Rosa Reyes to PDF Follow @ Rosa

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.

What is IRIS OCR?

I.R.I.S, established in 1986, is a dedicated world leader in OCR technologies and mobile scanning. 
I.R.I.S OCR aims to get all kinds of paper documents into editable computer files for everyone, in an extremely convenient way. With its flagship OCR product---Readiris software, I.R.I.S contributes all its best to make paperless office much easier and efficient.

IRIS OCR Software: Readiris 16 for Mac/Windows

In the past 30 years, IRIS OCR has gone through different Readiris versions and finally brought us its ever best one now---Readiris 16 for mac. Its new features instantly grasp users’ attention. IRIS OCR is both for Windows and Mac, even iOS, and here we will focus on its Mac version.

Readiris 16 for Mac, the ocr software by IRIS for mac, can convert native/scanned PDFs, images and other documents into editable formats, including searchable PDF, DOCX, XLSX, ODT, ePub, Audio, RTF, HTML, TXT, TIFF, JPEG, PNG, with original layout retained. Also, it enables you to manage PDF smartly.

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  • Simpe to Use Interface: 4 steps to get all actions on PDF done perfectly
  • Connect with Scanner: you can import files for conversion directly from scanner
  • Two-way Conversion: Convert PDF and Images into well-formatted editable formats/Convert Microsoft Office Documents into PDF, ePub, Audio, TIFF, JPEG, PNG
  • Support 130 languages
  • Manage PDF easily: protect, compress,split,merge PDF, sign, even organize pages by adding, deleting, etc.
  • Editing: you can crop images for better outcome, or edit text within the program for expected results.
  • Export in Cloud:Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Evernote, Box, SharePoint, Therefore
  • Competitive price:$99


  • Cannot convert in batch
  • Do not support encrypted files
  • Limited compression feature
  • No free trial 

How to Perform IRIS OCR?

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.

  1. Import PDF into the program.
    If you want to import digital copy of paper files, connect your PC with the scanner, then click "Scan" to insert.
    If you want to import the scanned document directly. Choose “From File” to import PDFs from your PC.perform iris ocr
  2. Go to the output zone and choose "PDF" as the format, also select the output folder, or rename the file as needed.
  3. Save the PDF file.You will find the scanned document is searchable and editable.

Best IRIS OCR Software Alternative---PDF OCR Converter VS OCR Kit Pro

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 and OCR Kit Pro as the example to show how they exceed similar products in PDF OCR performance.

1. PDF Converter OCR for Mac

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.

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  • Convert native/scanned/encrypted PDFs into editable formats
  • Batch or partial conversion
  • Highly accurate OCR results (Advanced settings to improve OCR accuracy)mark ocr
  • Smooth processing on large files
  • Extended features: Create, Protect, Unlock and Compress PDF


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2. OCR Kit

OCR Kit Pro, applies OCR technology to recognize the text in PDF or image files , then export them in searchable PDF,RTF,HTML and TXT. It supports about 25 languages and offers different options for users to customize the conversion.

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  • Support image input
  • Highly accurate OCR results


  • Support only 4 output format(PDF, HTML,RTF,TXT)
  • Less than 30 languages can be recognized
  • Cannot convert in batch


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 and OCR Kit will come to the fore.

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