OCRKit
OCRKit
18.7.15

4.1

OCRKit free download for Mac

OCRKit

18.7.15
26 July 2019

Convert PDF or image graphics into searchable PDF.

Overview

OCRKit uses OCR (optical character recognition) technology to recognize the text in the graphic, which is particularly useful for PDFs received via e-mail, created by DTP, office applications, or with a scanner or copier. Create searchable PDFs, RTF, HTML, or Unicode plain text simply by dragging a document on the OCRKit application or Dock icon.

OCR Engine
  • Text recognition accuracy
  • Instant content search ability
  • PDF compression
  • High-speed conversion
  • Stability and performance

The OCR engine recognizes the following languages: Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Rumanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Norwegian.

What's new in OCRKit

Note: The demo version is currently at 18.7.15; the version available for purchase is 19.7.

  • Improved PDF compatibility
  • Improved text recognition
  • Work around macOS UI crash

20 OCRKit Reviews

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fiery12
21 April 2016

Most helpful

I tested OCRKit (Pro) and here is what I found: Pros: - App just starts and creates the output file (may be useful for batch processing). Cons: - There is no documentation for app preferences. You should figure out each option by yourself. - RTF and HTML outputs produce unformatted text. Only PDF output preserves formatting, but you can't fix any errors as well. - Most of the resulting PDFs are just image PDFs and even if some words are recognized, PDF is not searchable. - If you need to OCR image PDFs or screenshot images made on a 1080p display, then just look for another OCR software. - There are no options to teach the app about screen fonts used in the image, so it may produce better results. - There is no Preview or some kind of Editor. What should I do with all those poorly recognized PDFs. I may easily fix RTF or HTML output, but without preserved text formatting, they are useless. - For the price of $50 (or $60 for the Pro version) one would expect to receive a decent product, not just a command line utility with only a few options. My recommendation is first test this app, before going to purchase it.
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Version 15.11.24
RJC.NJNYC
11 January 2017
I noticed that this was still on sale so just bought it, but now noticed there is also a Pro version, but do not see Pro version on sale, which is weird since only a $10 difference normally. I would have opted for Pro version if it was an option.
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Version 16.9.21
Fixx
31 December 2016
Tested this while I was pondering purchase. Seems to make quite a lot of mistakes, maybe every third word has an error when ocring rather clear 11 pt Arial text. Seems there is no vocabulary in target language (while app claims to support finnish). If you have access to Acrobat it makes better ocr. Formatting is good and clear if you need just text.
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Version 16.9.21
fiery12
21 April 2016
I tested OCRKit (Pro) and here is what I found: Pros: - App just starts and creates the output file (may be useful for batch processing). Cons: - There is no documentation for app preferences. You should figure out each option by yourself. - RTF and HTML outputs produce unformatted text. Only PDF output preserves formatting, but you can't fix any errors as well. - Most of the resulting PDFs are just image PDFs and even if some words are recognized, PDF is not searchable. - If you need to OCR image PDFs or screenshot images made on a 1080p display, then just look for another OCR software. - There are no options to teach the app about screen fonts used in the image, so it may produce better results. - There is no Preview or some kind of Editor. What should I do with all those poorly recognized PDFs. I may easily fix RTF or HTML output, but without preserved text formatting, they are useless. - For the price of $50 (or $60 for the Pro version) one would expect to receive a decent product, not just a command line utility with only a few options. My recommendation is first test this app, before going to purchase it.
Like (6)
Version 15.11.24
1 answer(s)
Sharky
Sharky
26 April 2016
Really needs some basic documentation. If developer doesn't have time to write some basic documentation...support must be really bad.
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suwandy
27 November 2015
They went from version 2.14 to version 15.11?? in just over a month? Probably changing the way their version numbering works.
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Version 2.13.1
Holgorio
27 October 2015
OCRKit meanwhile has been upped to version 2.14 on 2015-08-14. Cheers, Holger
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Version 2.11
1 answer(s)
fiery12
fiery12
03 May 2016
This is not a review, so why you gave OCRKit 4 stars?

Please, use the comment option for such posts.
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Ward
23 January 2015
ExactCODE is offering version 2.9 for download on their site.
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Version 2.7.1
Holgorio
04 August 2014
OCRKit auto-updated itself to version 2.6.1 today. Just so you know. Cheers, Holger
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Version 2.6
1 answer(s)
Holgorio
Holgorio
15 August 2014
OCRKit auto-updated itself to version 2.7.1 two days ago.
Just so you know.

Cheers, Holger
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OlenkaZ3470
26 July 2014
works great for me
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Version 2.6
Aeschylus
23 February 2014
OCR Kit does as good a job as any OCR product on the Mac. Compared to using Adobe Acrobat on a PC, its accuracy is similar, although its features are less. Comparing prices, there's no comparison. While it may take a few minutes to learn OCR kit, there is little to do for single document conversion and it is very reliable. I like it a lot, and it is the only reason I can do OCR on my Mac. Thanks for a nice product.
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Version 2.4.1
5 answer(s)
Meitnik
Meitnik
13 April 2014
Can you or someone tell how good is it with german. Can it learn new words as it OCRs? Have a user dict to edit? Thanks
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OlenkaZ3470
OlenkaZ3470
26 July 2014
As OCRkit is made in Germany software, German language should be good :)
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Meitnik
Meitnik
26 July 2014
Olenka thats not really a useful reply.

I was hoping the company would address a simple pre-sales question that would be helpful for others. I guess, like the other OCR folks who focus on Windows, they really don't care about the Mac market. Why is OCR that meets and beats Ominipage so hard to find??? I limp along with several tools that are ok.
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OlenkaZ3470
OlenkaZ3470
26 July 2014
Hi Meitnik, to me it looks like this is a Mac company and OCRKit was written for Mac specifically. German is in the list of supported languages, and even the website has a German version: http://ocrkit.de/de/

Do not really see what you are missing, for me it works accurate and fast.
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Aetnaria
Aetnaria
27 January 2015
Meitnik: A pre-sales question really ought to be directed to the seller directly if you are expecting a response from the company itself - they don't patrol this website for customer questions. MacUpdate is not affiliated with the seller in any way - they just compile a massive list of updates to platform-compatible software for our convenience. Clicking the website's link or even the price tag itself will send you on to their website where you can submit such an inquiry.
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Ryde
20 February 2013
I've purchased quite a few licenses for OCR applications in the last couple of months, and all of these products have something going for them, but OCRKit stands out for at least two reasons: a) OCRKit can be invoked in an automated, i.e. "batch", fashion. b) OCRKit is able to preserve CCITT Group 4 compression in scanned images, at least in some cases. This finally gives me output files which have the exact same image quality as the original and are only marginally bigger due to the added text content. Kudos! OCRKit is not perfectly straightforward to use IMHO and could definitely use a better documentation, though. Regarding the recognition accuracy: I have been able to obtain very good results with OCRKit provided that the quality of the scanned image is high. In other cases the recognized text will contain errors, as with any other OCR software. OCRKit is said to be able to utilize a dictionary for better results, but it seems to me that this does not yet work in all cases. So overall I am quite impressed with OCRKit, but improvements are of cause welcome. I hope the developers continue to bring their app forward, it has a lot of potential. Please also see my comments added to the review of "brianvon" right below.
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Version 1.13
$39.99

4.1

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Intel 32
  • Mac OS X 10.6.0 or later
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