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The scanned documents on a Mac are saved in the form of images, even if you convert these documents to PDF files, you still will not be able to edit scanned PDF on Mac using a normal PDF editor. However, there is way to edit image-based PDF on Mac using software which has the OCR feature in it. This OCR feature will convert the scanned PDF documents to the editable text, so, you can edit the documents either using the same PDF editor or convert these documents to a text based editor such as Microsoft Word or Preview on Mac. Here's how to edit a scanned document on Mac (including macOS High Sierra) using PDFelement for Mac which has OCR feature.

How to Edit Scanned PDF on Mac

Step 1: Open Scanned PDF

The first step is to open the scanned PDF file. Click on the "Open File" button on the Home window.

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Step 2: Perform OCR

The program will automatically detect the scanned PDF and you will see a new notification bar in the program. Click on the "Perform OCR" button in this bar. If you were unable to see the notification bar, click on the "OCR" button under the "Edit" menu. And select the language of your scanned document on the right side. After performing OCR, a newly created editable PDF will be opened in the program automatically.

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Step 3: Edit Scanned PDF on Mac

Click on the "Edit" button, double-click on the text or the image that you want to edit of the new PDF. Learn more detailed steps about how to edit PDF on Mac here.

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Step 4: Save Changes after Editing Scanned PDF

After editing the document, you can save the edited PDF file. Using the "Save As" option which can be activated by "Command + Shift + S" from your Keyboard. Or go to the "File" tab on the top menu to complete this process.

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Edit Scanned PDF Documents on Mac

PDFelement for Mac provides another way to help you edit scanned PDF documents on Mac, which is converting the scanned PDF file to another editable format document. Here are the steps.

Step 1: Load Scanned PDF

After launching the program, drag and drop the scanned PDF into the program window to be opened directly.

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Step 2: Convert Scanned PDF with OCR

Click the "Convert" button, choose "To Word" or other options as you want. Then on the right side of the program window, enable the OCR option, and select the correct language of your PDF document content. You can also go to the "Options" tab to set as you want. After that, you can click the "Convert" button to start the process.

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Step 3: Edit Scanned PDF on Mac

After conversion, you will get the converted word document in the output folder that you choose and the word file is completely editable. So you can edit the content in word document as you need.


The Best Tool to Edit Scanned PDF Documents on Mac

PDFelement for Mac is one of the best PDF editors with the OCR feature which will let you edit the documents in the real time. Even if your document is another language other than English, it will recognize the text according to that language to provide you with the best results. Most of the PDF editors with this professional level OCR feature has a very complicated user-interface but the developers at PDFelement for Mac has made editing possible even for the newbie users. It is compatible with macOS X 10.10, 10.11, 10.12 and macOS High Sierra.

Apart from editing scanned documents, if the PDF file has some pages with text or images, the same tool can be used to edit such type of text or images in real time. You can also edit the already present link in the PDF file and replace them with the new links.

It is not mere a PDF editor with OCR capability, it is a PDF managing tool to annotate or convert the PDF files. You can add different type of comments or notes to the PDF files, add stamps to PDF or can even add different types of the objects such as "Circle, Squares" to your PDF file. All-in-all, it is the best productivity tool to do anything with PDF files on Mac OS X.


Tips for OCR Scanned PDF or Image Based PDF on Mac

Optical Character Recognition or OCR is a feature which will allow you to convert any scanned document to editable PDF format. This feature will match the selected language with the characters present on the PDF file to provide you the completely editable text with the same formatting. Here's how you can use the OCR feature in the best possible way:

  • Always use the document language while performing the OCR.
  • OCR feature can also be activated while converting the PDF document to word or any other format.
  • Instead of using the online OCR tools, use the offline tool which will do this task more efficiently on your computer.

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Published: Oct 20,2017 14:30 pm / Updated: Sep 19,2018 17:12 pm

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