Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm planning to get a paperless office and for that, I a need good scriptable piece of OCR for OS X?

I've read a blogpost by Marco Arment about a few programs. Are there any workable ones there that allow me to script things?

share|improve this question
Have you ruled out using Image Capture and letting the OS X OCR do it's job? If not, I'd jump to PDFpen if you think like Marco Arment does in his scriptable OCR review. – bmike Sep 8 '11 at 18:46
Please review How should I ask about getting a software recommendation? and edit this to describe what precisely you want the software to do and any limitations. Specifically, what scripting language are you looking to leverage? – bmike Jul 26 '14 at 18:07
There is no OCR built into Image Capture or OS X. – Alan Shutko Aug 27 '14 at 19:58

Readiris for Mac. I have it, but I haven't used it in a long time, so I don't exactly remember how good it was. I think that it didn't do the first few documents very well, but it learns.

Oh, and I'm not sure about scriptability. I'll check it.

It looks like Readiris has a scripting dictionary, and it's pretty good, too.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.