PDF to TXT converters that use OCR to create searchable and editable text data from scanned PDF documents.

Foxit PDF Compressor

Foxit PDF Compressor is an OCR server equipped with enhanced compression that can dramatically reduce the size of PDF files. This can lead to big cost savings in cloud storage and bandwidth fees, and improved efficiency for knowledge workers who save time on every file they open.

Pricing starts at $375 for 12,000 pages per year. One-time and CPU-based licensing is also available. Contact us for pricing and bundling options for any page volume.

How to scan documents to searchable PDF files

Adobe Acrobat OCR to Searchable PDFIf you don’t already have a scanner, and scanning to searchable PDF files is the only thing you need to do, you will find many document scanners that can perform this function. Most desktop and high-speed document scanners come with software that has this basic capability. However these often have limited functionality and you may prefer a more robust application.

To create searchable PDFs with any scanner, use Desktop OCR software applications like FineReader, ReadIRIS, or OmniPage. These programs can also be used to convert images to MS Word, Excel, and other editable formats.

There are also more affordable PDF converters that have fewer OCR features and limit output to PDF files.

You can find a complete guide to OCR software here.

For high-volume applications, use OCR servers to give everyone on your network the ability to create searchable PDFs on a dedicated server.

Enterprise site licensing, concurrent user licensing and cloud-based solutions are also available. Please contact us for more information or a quote for desktop OCR and PDF converter site licensing options.

You may use SimpleIndex to automatically extract data from searchable PDFs for indexing, automatic file naming, and integration with custom database or document management applications. This is a very fast and accurate way to set keyword metadata for searching. It has both Tesseract and FineReader OCR options for creating searchable PDFs, and is available in desktop or server versions.

Applications

When you scan a document that has text or numeric data on it, you are able to read and understand what is written in the scanned image. However, to a computer, the resulting image file is just as meaningless an assortment of pixels as a landscape photo. In order to transform this information into an editable format that you can search through, copy, and modify without retyping it manually, you will need the an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software.

There is a wide variety of OCR software available. While they all share the ability to convert images of machine printed (not handwritten) text or numbers into an editable format, the various software often have different features, accuracy, prices, and language options.

You can find the various types of OCR software with a description of each below.

Users within a single department, working from home or who have a small business can simply scan their documents to a folder that is shared to everyone. In this “ad-hoc” scenario you only need some basic document scanning software to simplify and bring consistency to your filing system.

If you want to move to the next level, there are Desktop Document Management options that provide an all-in-one means for capture, storage, search and retrieval of documents. Additionally, they provide security, advanced capabilities and ease of use above that of the ad-hoc methods

And let’s not forget cloud-based options that alleviate the need to maintain storage servers or keep software up to date.

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