I have scanned text. I am looking for an affordable OCR tool (Optical Character Recognition) tool. I tried OCRTOOLS from the App Store, but it crashes with the first picture I tried.

Any recommendations?

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If you use Google Docs, it has OCR built in.

When you're uploading something, just check the
Convert text from PDF or image files to Google Docs documents

You can download Google Docs files as whatever format you want.

  • I've tried google docs and an other App from the store (OCR Kit): They're both terrible (in terms of what they recognize)
    – daefu
    Jan 16, 2011 at 13:12
  • I've made the best results with a $4.00 iPhone App called Perfect OCR.
    – daefu
    Jan 18, 2011 at 13:52

Are you comfortable on the command line? If you have fink or macports installed, then you can easily install gocr or tesseract. I've had some success with each of these. Note that tesseract is, I think, the tool that Google uses for their book scanning.

For tesseract, images must be in TIF format and have extension TIF or tif (one F, not two).

Adobe tools also have effective and built-in OCR, as far as I know, but I have never used them.


I struggled with the same problem for several months and felt that I needed an intuitive and elegant workflow for OCR. I hated the terminal solutions and to make sure I put in the right format. I wanted something I would love to use. This drove me to creating to following App: Condense Logo

You may find more information here: www.condenseapp.com

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