VelOCRaptor
VelOCRaptor
1.2.254

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VelOCRaptor free download for Mac

VelOCRaptor1.2.254

12 February 2010

Optical character recognition (OCR) app.

Overview

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 decided to make VelOCRaptor available now. For many uses, in particular locating scanned documents and copying small amounts of text, the accuracy is good enough. For verbatim transcriptions of complicated documents, we may not do so well yet. This will improve as the OCRopus engine improves, and we are committed to releasing updated versions of VelOCRaptor as the accuracy gets better. In the meantime, you can try before you buy, so what have you to lose?

What's new in VelOCRaptor

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.

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How would you rate VelOCRaptor app?

8 Reviews of VelOCRaptor

4
Qualum
26 June 2009
Version: 1.0

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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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0.5
Marilou53
16 January 2013
Version: 1.2.254
Wasn't updated for ages
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IloveBurma
12 January 2012
Version: 1.2.254
Can't process any of my images on Lion!
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Istra
11 August 2011
Version: 1.2.254
does anyone know what languages can be recognized by VelOCRaptor? is it only English? is it only the Latin alphabet?
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Naoh
04 December 2009
Version: 1.1.243
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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Drdul
28 November 2009
Version: 1.1.242
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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Spinup
17 November 2009
Version: 1.1.242
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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Jimw
03 November 2009
Version: 1.1.234
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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Qualum
26 June 2009
Version: 1.0
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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