How to OCR a PDF File on Mac in Simple Steps

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Jun 11,2020 • Filed to: Mac Tutorials

We might get some image based PDF files, from which we cannot edit the texts, images, graphics or do any changes on the file. If we want to edit or get contents from scanned PDF, we need to use Optical Character Recognition or OCR software. For Mac users, it is hard to find the best PDF OCR for Mac software. And you will find that few programs can work well to OCR PDF on Mac. Don't feel upset! Here we will share 2 simple ways to OCR PDF documents on Mac with ease, which can run on macOS 10.15 Catalina system also.

OCR PDF on Mac Using PDFelement Pro

To OCR PDF files on Mac can be an easy task with the help of PDFelement Pro. This fabulous software can help you convert scanned PDF into searchable and editable document. Over 20 OCR languages are well supported. In addition to OCR, this PDF editor also lets you edit PDF with a bunch of powerful tools. You can freely insert and delete texts, images and pages, highlight and annotate PDF, add signature and watermark and more.

The following steps will explain you how to convert scanned PDF to editable document on Mac using the OCR feature.

Step 1. Import Your PDF into the Program

After download and installation, you can then launch the PDFelement Pro and click "Open File" to load your PDF. When the PDF has been fully loaded, you can edit and annotate it as you want.

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Step 2. Convert PDF with OCR

To OCR your PDF, you can click on the "OCR Text Recognition" button under "Tool" menu. You will be prompted to perform OCR. Click on "Perform OCR" and select the pages you want to apply this to, as well as your preferred language. Once you've done this, select "ok". OCR will be performed immediately.

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Why Choose PDFelement Pro to OCR PDFs

Moreover, with PDFelement Pro, you can convert and create files between PDF and many other popular file formats. It will maintain the original layouts and quality. This software works with Mac OS X 10.12 or later, including the latest macOS 10.15 Catalina.

Key Features:

  • With OCR function, edit and convert scanned PDF will be no longer a problem.
  • You can convert PDFs to popular document formats in batch.
  • Easily add multiple PDF files to convert at one time.
  • The output file will be kept in original formatting.
  • You can also fully control PDF with combine, split, merge and compress features.
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