PDFScanner - Simple document scanning and OCR

Developer: Felix Rotthowe

Current Version: 1.11.8

Last Updated: 3 months ago

Download Size: 90.1 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:

Bugfixes and performance improvements


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 1.11.8
Review by Franketh

Pitch Perfect - I've used PDFScanner weekly for years: it is rarely picky and almost always intuitive. As Apple wants us to say about its software, this application “Just works.” It does everything it claims and even more. For instance, you can add pdf pages to an existing scan, or even to an existing pdf, just scan or open a file, then choose “Import” from the Edit menu. Use the thumbnails side panel to drag the page(s) to wherever you want it (them) in the doc. Deleting unwanted pages is just as easy. Highly recommended.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 1.11.8
Review by Nightwatch48

PDF Scanner Great App - Great App. Does everything I ask of it. Very clean interface. Wish all apps were this good.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 1.11.8
Review by GAVolunteer

Great Software - I’ve been a user for several years. I like the auto select feature that detects if your document to be scanned is in the auto feed tray or on the glass. OCR capability is excellent. Plus the grayscale option is helpful when scanning documents where B&W would make it difficult to read the scanned document. Easy to use. Lots of features. Well worth the money.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 1.11.8
Review by Qarmarkra

Very pleased with PDFScanner - I am using PDFScanner for years and I am very happy with the product. It saves me a lot of time in doing my work. Very easy product, not too many features but just enough to do the work. Well done!

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 1.11.8
Review by PDouglas M

PDF Scanner - A very good produce, especially for the price. PDF Scanner works with most scanners. It’s straight-forward quick and easy. Mostly I’m scanning receipts or student submissions on odd sized papers so I don’t need too many bells and whistles, just clean scans. Being able to toggle off OCR saves me much time and effort.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people