OCR software for Mac and Windows PC: automatic text recognition made easy

If you want to turn a scan into editable text, you need good text recognition software - so-called OCR software. This is usually available in versions for Mac (macOS) and for PC (Windows 10, for example). I personally use one Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 document scannersupplied with the ABBYY Finereader software. This is quite convenient, because if you wish, it creates directly searchable PDF files from the scans, which are then indexed by Spotlight on the Mac. This makes it very easy to search through the scanned documents.

Good OCR software quickly converts a scanned article into a searchable and editable document (Word, Pages, PDF or other formats).

Good OCR software quickly converts a scanned article into a searchable and editable document (Word, Pages, PDF or other formats).

ABBYY's OCR software is not only suitable for A4 pages with text but can also be used to read business cards. The address data is then imported directly into the address book on the Mac using a program for assigning the individual blocks.

Reliable text recognition on the Mac with ABBYY Finereader

If you don't want to buy the ScanSnap scanner but only need the OCR software, you can find it here as ABBYY Finereader Pro for the Mac - directly as a download on Amazon:

Abbyy FineReader Pro for MAC [Download]
  • Mature OCR and ADRT technology
  • Increased productivity, easy handling and compatibility
  • Perfect for PDFs

OCR software for Windows 10

ABBYY Finereader is unfortunately no longer available for Windows PCs. There are some alternatives for this, which you can find in the following list. Unfortunately I don't use a PC, so I can't recommend you, but I think there is something among the bestsellers:

Bestseller no. 1
Avanquest Expert PDF 14 Ultimate Win with OCR module CD / DVD with lifetime license
Avanquest Expert PDF 14 Ultimate Win with OCR module CD / DVD with lifetime license
Protect and securely send or share PDF files; One-click OCR access to text in PDF files
49,95 EUR
Bestseller no. 2
CZUR Aura Pro Portable Book Document Scanner with OCR for Win and Mac, HD Document Camera for A3 ...
CZUR Aura Pro Portable Book Document Scanner with OCR for Win and Mac, HD Document Camera for A3 ...
Smart desk lamp: four color modes for office and family
289,00 EUR
Bestseller no. 4
Expert PDF 14 Ultimate Win with OCR license Product Keycard without data carrier
Expert PDF 14 Ultimate Win with OCR license Product Keycard without data carrier
Protect and securely send or share PDF files; Access to tools for collaboration and revision
49,95 EUR
Bestseller no. 5
Bestseller no. 6
PDFelement 6 PRO WITH OCR WIN (Product Keycard without data carrier)
PDFelement 6 PRO WITH OCR WIN (Product Keycard without data carrier)
Single license; Version 6.9! WITH OCR plug-in!
109,95 EUR
Bestseller no. 7
PDFelement 7 Standard- WITHOUT OCR WIN (Product Keycard without data carrier)
PDFelement 7 Standard- WITHOUT OCR WIN (Product Keycard without data carrier)
Version 7! The OCR plug-in is not included with this version!
68,95 EUR
Bestseller no. 8
PDFelement 6 WITHOUT OCR WIN (Product Keycard without data carrier)
PDFelement 6 WITHOUT OCR WIN (Product Keycard without data carrier)
Version 6.9! The OCR plug-in is not included with this version !!; Single license
61,95 EUR
Bestseller no. 9
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Wieso? Weshalb? Warum? junior: Ampel, Straße und Verkehr (Band 48) (Wieso? Weshalb? Warum? junior,...
Abmessungen: 18,1 x 1,8 x 19,8 CM (L x B x H)Gewicht: 290,000 G; Nieländer, Peter (Autor)
9,99 EUR

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