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Convert Scanned PDF to Text on Mac

Dec 09,2012 18:46 pm / Posted by to eBooks Topics
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As PDF is recognized as a much better and safer way in distribution documents thanks to its good preservation and high encryption standard. It's widely used during our business and ideal for file archiving. The ones are likely to scan paper-base document into PDF using the scanner, as it is a good idea to reduce the price of the storage, and simpler to distribute. However we occassionally need to edit the scanned PDF files, particularly when you want to edit some paper files by scanning it to PDF (which is simple and easy , convenient). Then, how to make scanned PDF files editable?

When you are getting a scanned PDF, you may need to reuse the content urgently. But a scanned PDF files is just like an image, you can not edit or index it. If you really need to extract the content in the scanned PDF, surprisingly this is pretty easy to achieve it when you have some OCR (Optical character recognition) converter tool. PDF Converter Pro for Mac is the right tool you need. It features with the OCR ability which can conver scanned PDF files to editable format, like TXT, in 3 steps. Read on to see how it works.

Free download it at first, then follow the tutorial to convert scanned PDF to editable text file on Mac so that you can easily delete, insert, modify the text in PDF files.

Method 1: How to Convert Scanned PDF Files to TXT on Mac

Step 1: Perform OCR

Launch the program, on the bottom window, check the "Convert scanned PDF documents with OCR" option. Then this software will automatically perform the OCR.

perform ocr then you can easily convert scanned pdf files to txt on mac for free

Step 2: Import Scanned PDF Files

On the top menu, click File -> Add PDF Files to import the scanned PDF files. This software also supports drag-and-drop PDF files to the main window. This method will save a lot of time for you.

Step 3: Output format settings

Click button next to the PDF files, a window will pop-up, from the Format drop-down list, select .txt as an output format. You can also set the page range to meet your needs.

set output format to start scanned pdf to txt conversion on mac

Step 4: Convert Scanned PDF to Text on Mac

All settings are OK, simple press Convert button to start scanned PDF to txt conversion on Mac. Few minutes later, you can get the converted PDF files on your Mac local. You can open it to check the quality.

Method 2: Converting Scanned PDF Files to Text on Mac

Google Docs is actually software to convert scanned PDF files to TXT on Mac for free, but free of charge OCR tool. And it is simple enough to convert scanned PDF to Google Docs. Here is the information for how Google Docs works its magic to perform OCR.

Step 1: Sign in Google Doc

Open Google Docs (https://docs.google.com) and sign in with your Google Account via the link on the top right corner.

Step 2: Upload scanned PDF files

Once you login in Google Docs, you are able to upload scanned PDF files. Click on the Upload icon to browse the file in your Mac and upload to Google Docs.

converting scanned pdf files to text on mac with google docs

Be careful! This is when Google Docs performs OCR. Once you pick the PDF to upload, a pop-up could request you to set preference for uploading files. Here, you should tick the choice in the centre as "Convert text from PDF and image files to Google documents".

Step 3: View and Convert Scanned PDF to Text on Mac

After the conversion, the scanned PDF has been converted to Google Docs format. You can click the name of the original file to view it in Google Docs format.

Amazing, right! Bravo, well done! The PDF Converter Pro for Mac does much better then Google Docs in converting scanned PDF files to text on Mac by performing OCR. Free download it right now.

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