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    Anyone using OCR software with success?
    Each week I need to be able to scan several pages from a book and convert it to either MS word, or Pages. Anyone using Abbyy Fine Reader, Readiris, or Prizmo, for doing this? Are you using some other OCR software with success? I'm considering upgrading from a PC to an iMac but I need to know I can purchase OCR software that will meet my needs.
    Hang in there, Moses was once a basket case

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    What scanner do you have? I've had good luck with the scanner included versions from HP and Canon. Those are only the two I remember using with my Macs, but this was at least 4 years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ferrarr View Post
    What scanner do you have? I've had good luck with the scanner included versions from HP and Canon. Those are only the two I remember using with my Macs, but this was at least 4 years ago.
    Currently I have a 5-6 year old Brother MFC-7360n. I can print wireless with my Macbook pro but do not have scanning or OCR for the macbook. I am not against buying a new MFC printer/scanner as long as I know whatever software I buy will do the OCR for me.
    Hang in there, Moses was once a basket case

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarrollB View Post
    Each week I need to be able to scan several pages from a book and convert it to either MS word, or Pages. Anyone using Abbyy Fine Reader, Readiris, or Prizmo, for doing this? Are you using some other OCR software with success? I'm considering upgrading from a PC to an iMac but I need to know I can purchase OCR software that will meet my needs.
    The very best OCR program on any platform is OmniPage Pro, which is no longer available for the Mac, it is now Windows only. (I keep a really old Mac running an old Mac OS mostly just to run the last Mac version of OmniPage Pro for the Mac.)

    The full OmniPage Pro OCR engine is in Nuance's "PDF-Converter", a full-featured PDF editor for the Mac. The problem is that Nuance is such a horrible company that I couldn't in good conscience recommend purchasing any of their products.
    https://shop.nuance.com/store?Action...erm=nuance+pdf

    ReadIRIS is garbage. You can Google the reviews.

    AdobeAcrobat Pro for the Mac includes really good OCR, but the software is ridiculously expensive.

    The best choice for the Macintosh is probably Abbyy FineReader, which I understand has developed into a very good product (I haven't tried it myself):
    https://www.amazon.com/ABBYY-FineRea...FineReader+mac
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    Thanks for the input Randy. I have a very old copy of of Nuance's PaperPort that I have run on several versions of Windows. It is not the best but does work for my purposes. When my PC goes belly-up or I get disgusted with another update from Windows that causes numerous problems, I will switch to an iMac, buy a new printer/scanner that will be friendly with the iMac, and purchase Abbyy.
    Hang in there, Moses was once a basket case

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarrollB View Post
    Thanks for the input Randy. I have a very old copy of of Nuance's PaperPort that I have run on several versions of Windows. It is not the best but does work for my purposes. When my PC goes belly-up or I get disgusted with another update from Windows that causes numerous problems, I will switch to an iMac, buy a new printer/scanner that will be friendly with the iMac, and purchase Abbyy.
    When that time comes, let me know. It's likely that we can make your current printer and scanner work with your new Mac, and if we can't I can point you to an inexpensive but dynamite combo printer/scanner.
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    Anyone using OCR software with success?
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    Thanks Randy. Looking at the Abbyy software yesterday it says it will work with a twain scanner and that is what I have.
    Hang in there, Moses was once a basket case

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    I came across this yesterday, https://machow2.com/ocr-for-mac-best-software/
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    If I'm scanning a batch of looseleaf documents, I use a ScanSnap ix500 with the built-in proofing software (ScanSnap Searchable PDF Converter); it works very well for me, I seldom need to make corrections. I'll take 50 pages at a time, load the hopper, hit the scan button, and it's done. The draw for me was the speed. I scan 500+ documents twice a semester just for one class, it "eats" through them without a hiccup. If you need to export to Word, it comes with ABYYY which does OK but not perfect.

    For one or two page things, sometimes I'll use the Epson printer/flatbed scanner, scanned at 600dpi or higher, and use Acrobat Pro for the OCR work. The Epson bundled software does an OK job.

    My OCR stuff is almost always in PDF (archiving). Acrobat Pro does a pretty good job of exporting to .docx if/when I need it, though.

    The ix500 comes with Acrobat Pro but for Windows. My retired 510M came with a Mac version. :sigh:

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    Welcome to our forums

    Sorry about the late response.... We do appreciate your input and experience. Acrobat Pro is a bit expensive for most of us, however. I sometimes use my Epson all in one to make copies but have never tried using it as a scanner. It loves to eat ink cartridges.

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