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OCR PDF in Preview in Hassle-Free Way

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2024-04-12 10:55:47 • Filed to: OCR PDFs on Mac • Proven solutions

It is no doubt that nearly everybody is going paperless. As you receive and send emails or even downloading documents online. You won’t miss having scanned files that you need to extract content from them. You can also receive a scanned PDF document that you wish to edit or delete some content in it. However, you cannot do this without using Optical Character Recognition software. This article will explain to you the things you need to know about Mac Preview OCR.

Preview inbuilt feature is a good PDF reader and editor that you can use it for free. It also allows you to annotate, highlight, add notes to PDF, and combine files. However, it lacks an inbuilt OCR technology that will recognize images and scanned PDF files. However, in this case, you need to look for third-party software that is cost-effective and supports multiple languages. OCR software for Mac that is well renowned for robust performance is Wondershare PDFelement - PDF Editor.

How to OCR PDF without Preview on Mac

Step 1. Open Your Scanned PDF Files

Launch PDFelement, on the Home window click on "Open File" to upload your scanned PDF file to the program.

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Step 2. Perform OCR on your PDF

Once the PDF file is added to the program, it will notify you to perform OCR since it is a scanned PDF file. Click on the "Perform OCR" button. It will prompt you to select an OCR language. Select a language that suits you. In this case, you can select English since the documents need to be in English.

The software will convert the PDF to an editable format. From there you can edit and add annotations to your PDF file by clicking on the "Text" button on the left toolbar. After editing save your file.

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PDFelement is a good companion for your PDF files. It is built with OCR that lets you convert scanned PDFs to readable and editable texts. In turn it allows you to search for texts within PDF easily. Also, it allows you to edit text, add text, and insert images to your PDF files.

OCR technology is very useful since it will allow you to edit and add markups to your PDF file just the way you could have done to an ordinary PDF file. To add on, this OCR technology is multilingual. It supports over 29 languages like English, Korean, Japanese, Ukrainian, Greek, Polish, Portuguese, and German the list is endless. (Note: OCR feature does not work with the free trial version.).

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