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Prizmo for Mac

Scan and OCR documents with your digital camera or scanner.

$49.99
In English
Version 4.3.1
3.5
Based on 52 user rates

Prizmo overview

Prizmo 3 is a scanning application with optical character recognition (OCR) in over 40 languages with powerful editing capability, text-to-speech, and iCloud support.

No matter what capture device is at hand, Prizmo is the key for scanning and performing OCR. It works with pictures taken with your iPhone, iPad, or digital camera; with documents coming from connected or Wi-Fi scanners; even with screenshots! It will help you easily scan any documents (invoices, receipts, boards, giant advertisements...) of any sizes (US Letter, US Legal, A4, and custom)...

Features:
  • Specific processing for business cards, multipage texts and images
  • Input file formats: regular photo files including JPEG, RAW, TIFF, as well as PDF files (even multipage)
  • Input options: digital cameras (iPhone, iPad, DSLRs...), camera tethering, connected and Wi-fi scanners, screenshots, snap any text from your screen
  • State-of-the-art OCR technology in 40 Languages: Afrikaans, Albanian, Basque, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.
  • Detection of 3 types of regions: texts, images and numbers
  • OCR editing and correction: add, delete, merge and reorder regions on the one hand, edit text for correcting mistakes on the other hand
  • Automatic frame detection: lay the page, snap it, and let Prizmo handle the cropping
  • Automatic text orientation detection
  • Perspective correction to compensate camera point-of-view
  • Non-linear lens distortion correction
  • Page curvature correction for books and magazines
  • Real-time OCR results: moving/resizing region frames immediately updates text results
  • Resolution increase: image enhancement allows OCR results where OCR is generally not even thinkable
  • Output formats: image files (JPEG, PNG, TIFF), and text files (PDF with Spotlight-searchable text, RTF, TXT) - even multipage!
  • Export to the Evernote, Box, Dropbox, Google Drive and WebDAV online services
  • Online translation into 23 languages
  • Accessibility feedback for the OCR processing (blank, blurry image, etc.)
  • Text-to-Speech for reading scanned texts: over 70 high-quality voices in 26 languages with navigation settings and interactive reading progress display (available for free in OS X Preferences)
  • Enhanced for the Retina display.

What’s new in version 4.3.1

Version 4.3.1:
  • Fixed a crash that happened when editing documents on macOS 10.13 and macOS 10.14.

Prizmo for Mac

$49.99
In English
Version 4.3.1
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3.5

(51 Reviews of Prizmo)

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chrisjimmy196
chrisjimmy196
May 12 2021
4.1
5.0
May 12 2021
5.0
Version: 4.1
I really like it. It was hard to find something to detect of 3 types of regions: texts, images and also numbers. But I've found. Thank you)
Miminana
Miminana
Aug 7 2018
3.5.3
0.0
Aug 7 2018
0.0
Version: 3.5.3
Works well in a number of different and flexible ways and I am impressed with its ability to make sense of dodgy scans. I would recommend this to anyone!
selizabethwebb
selizabethwebb
Apr 26 2018
3.5
4.0
Apr 26 2018
4.0
Version: 3.5
Good app, convenient and easy to use.
Marko85
Marko85
Apr 26 2018
3.5
5.0
Apr 26 2018
5.0
Version: 3.5
Prizmo 3.5 seems to have greatly improved OCR accuracy when you don't have high-quality scanned material in very high DPI to work with (if you don't have like 300 DPI or 600 DPI images, like what someone would want to use for OCR usually)... for example, I opened a picture of a newspaper in the Preview.app and that image had only about 150 DPI... individual lowercase letters on that image were about 5px wide (I zoomed in first to count the pixels, then pressed CMD+0 to zoom out)... and I first tried it with the Menu Bar tool, to just select that part of the screen where that image was and get text copied to the clipboard... and the recognized text was mostly accurate (there were some small errors in some places, but only a minimal amount of manual corrections was needed... and I'm very satisfied with how accurate it was considering that letters on that image were pixelated and I understand that it can be very difficult for an OCR app to distinguish between some characters if letters on some image are only about 5 px wide... and as I mentioned, that was just a quick OCR with that Menu Bar tool). So for that I would give it 5 stars... But I was kind of disappointed that they removed some languages... I'm especially disappointed that OCR for Hebrew is missing because that's not the same like if one of the languages that uses Latin or Cyrillic script was removed, since if two languages use almost the same alphabet (or exactly the same in some cases), then OCR for one mostly works for another language which uses that alphabet (and maybe it would only need some corrections here and there or something like that)... but Hebrew has it's own alphabet, so if Hebrew isn't supported in some version of the app, you can't do OCR for it at all with that version of the app. But at least the previous version still works... so I'm not going to reduce the amount of stars for this rating, since I hope that they will bring back Hebrew and make OCR for it more accurate.
OhEssex
OhEssex
Apr 23 2018
3.5
0.0
Apr 23 2018
0.0
Version: 3.5
I use this program and I do like it - but, seriously, their marketing guy has to go. All this complete drivel about neural network enhancements within their software is just making my stomach turn...
chrisjimmy196
chrisjimmy196
May 12 2021
4.1
5.0
May 12 2021
5.0
Version: 4.1
selizabethwebb
selizabethwebb
Apr 26 2018
4.0
Apr 26 2018
4.0
Version: null
Marko85
Marko85
Apr 26 2018
5.0
Apr 26 2018
5.0
Version: null
Meitnik
Meitnik
Oct 14 2017
4.0
Oct 14 2017
4.0
Version: null
karl_2
karl_2
Aug 12 2017
3.0
Aug 12 2017
3.0
Version: null
Mindplay
Mindplay
Apr 21 2016
5.0
Apr 21 2016
5.0
Version: null
Freenergy
Freenergy
Jan 19 2016
4.5
Jan 19 2016
4.5
Version: null
bobembry
bobembry
Jan 12 2016
5.0
Jan 12 2016
5.0
Version: null
aka
aka
Nov 24 2015
5.0
Nov 24 2015
5.0
Version: null
Mthiyanecd
Mthiyanecd
Sep 30 2015
2.0
Sep 30 2015
2.0
Version: null
GRMartin
GRMartin
Apr 22 2015
4.0
Apr 22 2015
4.0
Version: null
Bb805
Bb805
Dec 18 2014
1.0
Dec 18 2014
1.0
Version: null
SMS1
SMS1
Nov 15 2014
1.0
Nov 15 2014
1.0
Version: null
StrictlyBagel
StrictlyBagel
Jul 10 2014
2.0
Jul 10 2014
2.0
Version: null
Appledogx
Appledogx
Mar 20 2014
3.0
Mar 20 2014
3.0
Version: null
sfkev
sfkev
Mar 15 2014
2.5
Mar 15 2014
2.5
Version: null
Terry-Scoble
Terry-Scoble
Mar 14 2014
0.5
Mar 14 2014
0.5
Version: null
karlbel
karlbel
Mar 12 2014
3.5
Mar 12 2014
3.5
Version: null
Ocsurfreport
Ocsurfreport
Mar 12 2014
5.0
Mar 12 2014
5.0
Version: null
fawza
fawza
Feb 26 2014
5.0
Feb 26 2014
5.0
Version: null
Léonux
Léonux
Feb 13 2014
5.0
Feb 13 2014
5.0
Version: null
Liedtkes
Liedtkes
Feb 11 2014
5.0
Feb 11 2014
5.0
Version: null
Macfoto
Macfoto
Oct 30 2013
4.5
Oct 30 2013
4.5
Version: null
LeonardCurtis2647
LeonardCurtis2647
Sep 27 2013
1.0
Sep 27 2013
1.0
Version: null
Jerry-Essler
Jerry-Essler
Sep 23 2013
2.5
Sep 23 2013
2.5
Version: null
dsimer
dsimer
Sep 11 2013
3.5
Sep 11 2013
3.5
Version: null
katlinquinn
katlinquinn
Aug 29 2013
4.0
Aug 29 2013
4.0
Version: null
Turquoise
Turquoise
Aug 28 2013
3.0
Aug 28 2013
3.0
Version: null
PS6096
PS6096
May 23 2013
4.0
May 23 2013
4.0
Version: null
Jan-Dahl
Jan-Dahl
Apr 16 2013
4.5
Apr 16 2013
4.5
Version: null
MinsuJung4058
MinsuJung4058
Apr 11 2013
5.0
Apr 11 2013
5.0
Version: null
watermansj
watermansj
Apr 2 2013
3.0
Apr 2 2013
3.0
Version: null
oualidkillua6505
oualidkillua6505
Mar 27 2013
0.5
Mar 27 2013
0.5
Version: null
Nick-Collingridge
Nick-Collingridge
Mar 26 2013
4.5
Mar 26 2013
4.5
Version: null
olbap
olbap
Mar 23 2013
4.0
Mar 23 2013
4.0
Version: null
KirillBeloshytskyi8253
Mar 21 2013
4.0
Version: null
Ramprao
Ramprao
Mar 20 2013
1.5
Mar 20 2013
1.5
Version: null
Edwin-Jimenez
Edwin-Jimenez
Mar 20 2013
2.5
Mar 20 2013
2.5
Version: null
PaulWitherspoon2155
PaulWitherspoon2155
Mar 17 2013
0.5
Mar 17 2013
0.5
Version: null
it-umberto
it-umberto
Mar 9 2013
5.0
Mar 9 2013
5.0
Version: null