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VelOCRaptor... Optical Character Recognition (OCR) converts printed type into text. Until now OCR programs have been too expensive and too complicated for occasional use. VelOCRaptor makes OCR available to all Mac users - offering drag-and-drop simplicity at an introductory price of just $29.

VelOCRaptor uses the Google-sponsored OCRopus OCR engine. On good quality documents its accuracy rivals the best in the business. It is work in progress though - with poor quality scans and odd fonts it can still struggle.We're so excited by its potential, and so unimpressed by the price and usability of other Mac OCR programs, that we've more...

What's New

Version 1.2:
  • Adds the ability to disable running the Mac spell-checker. If you are running on text that isn't in the same language as your Mac, or is mainly numbers and letter patterns, it should improve the output.


Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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Marilou53 Member IconReview+16

Wasn't updated for ages

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Version 1.2.254
IloveBurma Member IconReview+19

Can't process any of my images on Lion!

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Version 1.2.254
Istra Member IconComment+42

does anyone know what languages can be recognized by VelOCRaptor? is it only English? is it only the Latin alphabet?

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Version 1.2.254

I think it's only English. I use Prizmo because it can recognize 10 languages (like French, German, Spanish...)

Naoh Member IconComment+133

At the moment I'm looking for an OCR tool that can be integrated into an AppleScript/Automator workflow.

This tool looks very promising as it has an Automator action that will allow me to use it in my workflow.

It's definitely worth the money for that alone.

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Version 1.1.243

You should have a look at Prizmo Pro. Supports Automator and scripts.

Drdul Member IconComment+448

My experience matches Spinup's. VelOCRaptor did a better job than Acrobat Pro 8. It's a promising app that I will likely buy when the OCR engine improves some more, and when it offers a couple more features:
- The ability to identify OCR errors and correct them within VelOCRaptor.
- The ability to save as a text file. Currently, VelOCRaptor saves in PDF format only.

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Version 1.1.242
Spinup Member IconReview+3

The description seems accurate -- on high quality images, it seemed to do a better job than Acrobat 8, since it properly grouped letters into words. On low quality images, where Acrobat produced poor output, this tool failed badly, producing gibberish.

Would be nice if it had some simple editing tools to fix suspected bad OCR reads, and to automatically straighten rotated images.

Bottom line -- if you need a simple tool to quickly get high quality scanned images into editable text, this app will save you some time.

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Version 1.1.242
Jimw Member IconComment+455

FYI: Western Digital may not take to kindly to the name of this product as it is also the name of their high performance hard drive, a name that in all likelihood they have copyrighted.

BTW: The hard drive is awesome.

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Version 1.1.234

Western Digital makes a drive called "Velociraptor," which has the letter "i" in it like the dinosaur it is named after. This software omits the letter "i" to make a pun on what it does: OCR. Also, software for performing OCR is a very different market than hard drives, so there's no worry about confusion. I don't think WD will have anything to say about this software.


You may be correct but don't be surpassed if someday you get a nasty letter from WD's lawyers. Entrepreneurs have been sued for far less when it comes to trademark or copyright violation. Ever hear of the portable sanitation company that was sued by Johnny Carson when they tried to name their product "Here's Johnny." Johnny won by intimidation. Companies don't even have to prove it. All they have to do is file and get a court date. Large companies know that the people they sue simply can't afford to fight it.

I wish you well but frankly I think you are dancing on dangerous ground here.

Copyright Notice: "Dancing on Dangerous Ground" is a copyrighted title of a dance show created by Jean Butler and is used only to describe a frame of mind or concept. It is not intended to refer or connect with the show that is titled with the same name or the DVD produced and available for sale under this name.

It is so easy to get into trouble these days, even with the mention of a casual expression.


First, just to clear something up - I have nothing to do with this product, just commenting on an intellectual property issue that I find interesting. So, I'm unlikely to get a nasty letter from WD's lawyers.

You're certainly right that large corporations have often sued people without legitimate grounds. That doesn't mean it always happens. Here, not only is the product name in a different market, it isn't even the same name. Also, the word "velociraptor" is not unique to Western Digital, but is rather a name for a dinosaur made popular in the movie "Jurassic Park." You'll notice that the owners of the movie "Jurassic Park" have not sued Western Digital.

So, while I understand that some random corporation may frivolously send threatening letters to people who have not infringed in any way upon their intellectual property, it isn't certain. Also, if people going about their lives always took into consideration that someone may sue them for no good reason, no one could ever do anything. What is usually done is an analysis of the likelihood that you have actually infringed upon someone's intellectual property, and then evaluating the likelihood that they will bother to sue you. Here, the likelihood of both seems fairly low.

Also, your "copyright notice" disclaimer seems amazingly unnecessary. People use puns all the time based on names of popular music/movies/etc without having to apologize. Due to the extensive nature of our entertainment media, if one had to publish a disclaimer every time one uttered a phrase that happened to have come from, or been the title of, a movie or song, we would be unable to communicate. I think your closing paragraph is a great example of the craziness that would result if we all were as worried as you seem to propose. There are a few useful concepts in intellectual property law: fair use, de minimis use, and so on. Good thing, or we would have to abolish all intellectual property for our society to survive.


Unfortunately what I say happens a lot more than any of us 'sane' people would want to believe. My 'copyright' notice was partially real but also a bit of dry humor. Sorry you missed that. Sometimes all of need to step outside and smell the roses while appreciating the hummingbirds. Gives a much needed and different perspective on life. What is happening here on this forum today will be totally meaningless in just a generation or two. So we need to make the best of what we have now and avoid pain whenever practical.

qualum Member IconReview+4

T. Rex may be the traditional king of dinosaurs in popular consciousness since its discovery about a century ago, but ever since Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park film series, the real stars of scary reptilian carnivores in people's minds have been the velociraptors. Small (in truth, about a third of their size as portrayed in the films), fast, intelligent and lethally efficient, you definitely want them to be on your team.
Harlequin Computer Solutions, the UK-based makers of VelOCRaptor, may not want you to think of their software as lethal, but small, fast and intelligent it certainly is. For reasons I can't explain, there's been a dearth of compelling OCR software on the Mac since OS X came out, so this is a most welcome development.
Operation is as simple and as effective as one expects of good Mac software: take any image file of a scanned page of text, and drop it on the small VelOCRaptor window. It immediately starts to process it, and after several seconds (or up to a minute for larger, more complex documents), it suddenly becomes a second version of the file, with the same filename followed by the words (with text), which looks the same, but where you notice you can now select the text, copy and paste it elsewhere, etc.
I tried it first with a double-sided leaflet, with images and two columns. The initial, “dumb” PDF measured 660KB - the scanned version weighed in at 5.2Mb, but preserved the images and the column structure.
A copy-and-paste of the scanned text into TextEdit revealed an imperfect but usable rendition of the text.
Much better - nearly perfect - fidelity came about when scanning a plain page of text.
At $29 US, is it worth the money for a licence? It's your call, of course, but I'm on board.

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Downloads 5,878
Version Downloads 4,027
License Shareware
Date 12 Feb 2010
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $29.00
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