PDFScanner - Scanning and OCR

Developer: Felix Rotthowe

Current Version: 1.11.9

Last Updated: 3 months ago

Download Size: 91.4 MB - Download


There are many applications for macOS that allow scanning of images or text. Most of them are however complex, slow or not really suited for scanning documents or letters.

PDFScanner has been created with one simple task in mind: Scanning and archiving documents as quick and easy as possible, and making them findable with Spotlight search.

When performing OCR, PDFScanner adds the recognized text directly to the scanned image as an invisible layer, so the text can be selected and copied just like in other PDF files.

PDFScanner supports the following features:

• Support for all scanners that are supported by the macOS Image Capture application (please check that using the scanner in Image Capture works before purchasing to be sure)

• Optical character recognition to make the document searchable, allow to find it via Spotlight and other search tools or copy the text.

• Supported OCR languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Finnish

• Intuitive and fast user interface to reorder, delete or edit pages

• Fully automatic straightening of crooked pages (deskew)

• Full multithreading support. Scanning, OCR and straightening is done on multiple pages in parallel and you can even reorder or delete pages while PDFScanner is still working

• „Fake Duplex“ mode to simplify scanning of double sided documents without a duplex scanner

• Saving to PDF (optionally compressing the scan inside the PDF to save disk space). PDFScanner can perform super high compression for monochrome scans (usually < 50kb per page including OCR text)

• Customizable file name patterns (include for example date, time and machine name in the filename) - PDFScanner can even guess the document title and date from the OCR text.

• It is also possible to open or import existing PDF documents and perform OCR on them via a menu option (the language can be set in the Preferences).

• Advanced users can use the included Automator action to create custom OCR workflows or folder actions

PDFScanner runs on Yosemite, El Capitan and Sierra and is only available on the Mac App Store.


Release Notes:

Fix for a rotation bug on High Sierra


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.9.2
Review by djOdaddy

Great scans , nice file size. Just a couple of wishes - This utility works really well. I use it quite often, especially during tax season. I have a 2006 HP Officejet 2410 and it works much better than the printer or the preview’s scan utilties. I’ve recently realized that I can scan several documents and do selective saving as it’s still scanning. It’s such a big time saver over scanning, saving, reloading….scanning, saving, reloading. There are 2 features that I wish it had. Save to Preview. So it will open the scan in Preview. This gives me the ability to modify or email the PDF before it’s actually saved. And a Scan history feature, so I can locate where I saved my last 10 scans. Much like the Download history button in Safari. I sometimes mistakingly save a scan in the wrong place and there isn’t an easy way to track down where I saved it. Otherwise, this is a really great, simple scan software.

Found helpful by 7 out of 7 people
Version 1.9.2
Review by Roz_99

Simply doesn’t work as promised. Do not buy this app. - I bought this app because it had great reviews and it advertised one key feature I was looking for: I could import/open existing PDFs that we not text searchable and convert them to PDFs that were text searchable. This function does not work in this product. I want my money back but there is no way to get it back. Save yourself $15 and AVOID THIS APP.

Found helpful by 5 out of 6 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.11.9
Review by C.RAYES

Wonderful - I just downloaded this app tonight and have scanned many docs and receipts etc already. It’s so easy. The the app find your Printer then SCAN AWAY. It’s most convenient to SAVE your scanned items right to the folder where you want it to go - yes, right from this app. This will save me many steps. The app allows you to direct your scan to any of your sticks or anywhere on your harddrive to your desired folders. There it is. Does even more that I hoped it would. Catherine

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 1.11.9
Review by Loringp

Very Good PDF scanner - This app works as stated. It is easy to use and has the right features for light business and home use. So far the OCR feature has worked very well. Minimal editing on documents converted. I use a HP Photosmart scanner and there have no issues. The deskew keature works well. I wish it had a display of current scanner settings other than clicking on the settings wheel. It also works well with an Epson scanner/printer that has a sheet feeder. Bottom line just works.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 1.11.9
Review by CsSwMT

Very handy PDF app! - I love the versatility that this app provides for scanning new documents, as well as working with existing PDF files. Unlike some scanning programs that I’ve used in the past, PDFScanner allows you to rearrange, delete, or rescan pages before saving as a PDF file. (You’ll appreciate this if you’ve ever used the autofeed function of your scanner to scan a large document, only to find in the end that there were skipped or misfed sheets.) Have an existing PDF file that you want to append pages to - or perhaps just convert to an OCR document? This app handles it with ease. Very intuitive and easy to use layout. I love this app and use it often.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 1.11.9
Review by zelig who

Truly Essential Tool - I love this app. If you want to keep organized records that you can search or go totally paperless then this is a great app. Use it with my All In One printer/fax/scanner unit and this app goes where the native printer offerings don’t. Fast OCR and smart adjustments either automatic or custom have allowed me to power through several banker’s boxes of records of all kinds to create readable and searchable scans even from items with low contrast grayscale information. This app would have no problem making short work of a huge amount of business records. Auto deskew works great so no problem if the sheet feeder is a little sloppy. File saving and naming options including option to include scan date (year, week, month, second), or custom naming make quick work for organizing scanned files as they are processed. Also quckly processed MS Word docs to searchable PDF’s (Print to PDF, then open with PDF Scanner to automatically OCR). So happy with this app and the support from developer. Two thumbs waaaay up!

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 1.11.9
Review by Saltaras

No instructions - I bought this to extract text from scanned documents (OCR). There is no information on how to do this program. I guessed it had something to do with highlight the ROI in blue and then choosing OCR. This does something, however there is no filename or location where the OCR file is stored so it is basically lost. Seems very counter intuitive. Wouldn’t it be logical to have a normal ROI function, followed by a normal “save” box? Not sure if there is any way to get a refund.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people