8 Replies Latest reply: Apr 21, 2008 1:50 AM by Mensta
doctorted11323 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
Do any Mac Applications [iWork, etc] have OCR programs?

Any free ones for iMac?





Thx
Ted

imac, Mac OS X (10.5.1), iMac Alu C2D 2.4 GHz 20" 4GB
  • Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
    AFAIK iWork does not have any OCR capability. I don't know of any free ones either. Many, many years ago an application was bundled with many scanners.

    Readiris Pro and OmniPage Pro X are two (not free) OCR applications.
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (257,730 points)
    There are no free OCR programs. You basically have only two choices:

    VueScan
    ReadIris

    Importantly you need to find out if you have a scanner compatible with either of the above or be sure to purchase one that is compatible.
  • doctorted11323 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Thx All
  • pr100 Level 2 Level 2 (470 points)
    Not so many years ago! My new Canon MP600R AIO inkjet printer/scanner came last month with a free LE version of Omnipage. Unfortunately it isn't compatible with Leopard though... but in the weeks/months to come, presumably a new version of Omnipage LE will ship with Canon, and possibly other hardware manufacturers', scanners.

    I anyway am using Readiris which is very good.

    Simon
  • marcistar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Please can you help, i am looking for an OCR software for my 2 Ghz Intel Core Duo Mac with a HP PSC 1500 All-in-one series scanner. On the internet OMNIPAGE PRO X FOR MAC, READIRIS PRO 11 MAC, have come up. Do you have any info on these? If not can you please help me to post this as a general question on the apple community as this is my 1st time and I'm not sure of procedure! I am looking to scan and then edit personal typed manuscripts. Thank-you,

    marcistar777 london
  • abbrian Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    Dear marcistar777 london: You wrote:

    Re: OCR for Mac
    Posted: Mar 11, 2008 10:15 AM in response to: Kappy
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    Please can you help, i am looking for an OCR software for my 2 Ghz Intel Core Duo Mac with a HP PSC 1500 All-in-one series scanner. On the internet OMNIPAGE PRO X FOR MAC, READIRIS PRO 11 MAC, have come up. Do you have any info on these? If not can you please help me to post this as a general question on the apple community as this is my 1st time and I'm not sure of procedure! I am looking to scan and then edit personal typed manuscripts. Thank-you,

    marcistar777 london
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    I have a HP Photosmart C3180 All-in-one. It came with an inbedded OCR program with which I had user problems. I found that the HP help people answered my questions and were very supportive. Since yoy have a HP, you may want to contact them. You can get to them through <http://h20180.www2.hp.com/apps/Nav?hpagetype=s-001&h_lang=en&h_cc=us&h_product=1146510&h_page=hpcom&hclient=s-h-e002-1>

    Good Luck
  • macaronic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I use flatbed scanners eg Epson Perfection 1250 and also all-in-one (printer/copier/scanner), eg Samsung 3160. They work very well with my MacBook.

    Omnipage Pro X is accurate but very expensive. My copy was bundled with a scanner in 2002 and as far as I can tell is identical to the version that is currently on sale.

    ReadIris 16 is acceptable for routine (undemanding) OCR and affordable
  • Mensta Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'd say that both of the programs mentioned above work well when reading latin characters.
    Things start get funny once you try to recognize non-latin characters such as greek, cyrillic, arabic and so on.
    I've had better results with Omnipage when working with non-latin characters.
    However let me add that if you have used Finereader on a PC, you will realise the short-comings of both Mac OCR programs.
    We want Finereader for Mac!!