PDFScanner
PDFScanner
1.15.3

4.2

PDFScanner free download for Mac

PDFScanner1.15.3

08 May 2020

Scan and archive documents.

Overview

PDFScanner has been created with one simple task in mind: scanning and archiving documents as quick and easy as possible, and making them findable with Spotlight search. There are many applications for OS X that allow scanning of images or text. Most of them are however complex, slow or not really suited for scanning documents or letters.

When performing OCR, PDFScanner adds the recognized text directly to the scanned image as an invisible layer, so the text can be selected and copied just like in other PDF files.

Features
  • Support for all scanners that are supported by the OS X Image Capture application (please check that using the scanner in Image Capture works before purchasing to be sure)
  • Optical character recognition to make the document searchable, allow to find it via Spotlight and other search tools or copy the text.
  • Supported OCR languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Finnish
  • Intuitive and fast user interface to reorder, delete or edit pages
  • Fully automatic straightening of crooked pages (deskew)
  • Full multithreading support. Scanning, OCR and straightening is done on multiple pages in parallel and you can even reorder or delete pages while PDFScanner is still working
  • "Fake Duplex" mode to simplify scanning of double sided documents without a duplex scanner
  • Saving to PDF (optionally compressing the scan inside the PDF to save disk space).
  • Customizable file name patterns (include for example date, time and machine name in the filename)
  • It is also possible to open or import existing PDF documents and perform OCR on them via a menu option (the language can be set in the Preferences).

What's new in PDFScanner

Version 1.15.3:
  • Fixed a problem when Brother scanners are connected by both Wifi and USB at once.

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13 Reviews of PDFScanner

5
ich-net
01 November 2016
Version: 1.11.5

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Very good app, very good responding(!) developer and very good support for the app. Using it since years.
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5
YankeeInParis
23 April 2020
Version: 1.15.2
I've been scanning work and home documents for about a decade in the (probably hopeless) quest for getting rid of reams of old papers. Over this time I've used gscan2pdf on Linux, ExactScan Pro on my Mac and now PDFScanner which is the most satisfying of the lot. (gscan2pdf is a good program but somewhat complicated and ExactScan Pro cost more than my scanner, has an inferior user interface, lacks obvious features and I gave up on it when trying to upgrade my version to Catalina without spending a lot more money). PDFScanner has an easy interface, has all the functions one ordinarily needs and is not scanner-dependant as far as I can tell (it claims to use whatever the native Mac Image Capture can handle... it found my two scanneers, an HP and a Canon, right off the bat; this was NOT the case with ExactScan Pro). Scanning is a chore but PDFScanner makes it much less onerous while providing the quality output I need. I recommend it. Note to developer regarding a missing function: there should be an option in the application preferences which would open every document in Preview after it's been saved. If one's scanning important data, one should be sure that - for example - the sheet feeder didn't jam partway through one of the pages. (And you should check this "on" by default! Just a word from the once-burned. :) )
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4
bodenpaolucci144
17 March 2020
Version: 1.15.2
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4
ramankour169
06 August 2018
Version: 1.12.1
This most recent variant 1.10.1 has an auto-white foundation revision include, which is turned on of course. It may create comes about that you don't care for. In the wake of filtering my significant other's most recent pay stub in the wake of refreshing PDFScanner, I saw that the shading appeared to be exceptionally unique from all my past outputs of more seasoned pay stubs. This issue was settled by unchecking the inclination for auto-white foundation amendment. for more information visit this link https://hpetechnicalsupportnumber.com/fix-hp-printer-error-code-messages/
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3.5
anonymous-crayfish-3164
03 January 2017
Version: 1.11.6
pro: - nice Interface - fast and reliable ocr - straight forward - works with most Scanners - deskewing; but no auto-rotate (read below) cons: - no automatic deletion of white pages (so you can't scan in duplex mode as standard)!! - no auto-rotate option (pages written in landscape format aren't getting ocr'd)!! Hoepfully the cons are fixed in a future update!
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5
ich-net
01 November 2016
Version: 1.11.5
Very good app, very good responding(!) developer and very good support for the app. Using it since years.
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lacwbo
20 September 2016
Version: 1.11.1
I will never pay for something from the app store without a free trial first. Too difficult to get a refund if the app does not meet my needs. What's so difficult for a developer to supply a free trial copy?
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Panocha
25 October 2015
Version: 1.10.1
It's really a shame that there is no way to get it other than MAS. I will never use MAS for anything other than free again. They have screwed me too many times. I like the 99% of other companies that are smart enough to have more than one purchase option. Most of them that do this find that their customers convert from the bad MAS version over to a direct download from their companies. Apple has way to many problems with restrictions and accounting. MAS is a MASsive can of worms.
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mikes429
18 October 2015
Version: 1.10.1
This latest version 1.10.1 has an auto-white background correction feature, which is turned on by default. It might produce results that you don't like. After scanning my wife's latest pay stub after updating PDFScanner, I noticed that the color looked very different from all my previous scans of older pay stubs. This issue was fixed by unchecking the preference for auto-white background correction.
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5
CDavid
23 September 2015
Version: 1.10.0
PDFScanner offers a lot more features than other similar applications. Moreover, it makes the process of searching for the scanned documents much easier, so if you need a fast and simple tool to use for work - I believe this app will be a perfect choice. The price of $15 may seem a bit high at first, but once you install and start using PDFScanner, you understand that the program is worth the money spent.
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5
Doncolore
14 June 2014
Version: 1.8.0
Very efficient app for archiving tasks ! Launch the app, scan settings are remembered from last time, click Scan, perhaps sort the pages if necessary, save, done. OCR happens in the background and is good as long as all pages are upright. If they are not, you have to manually rotate them and reapply OCR. On the other hand: if you need to scan a single page or picture at the best quality possible you might want to look for a different app.
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2.5
MnogoMnogo
11 July 2013
Version: 1.5.2
When it works, it works well. For me, that is with small jobs (< 30pp), b&w. Set it on grayscale or color, and scanning slows to an astonishing crawl: a red cover-page with a little bit of text that i wanted to scan in color took 6 minutes -- that's one page. And even on small jobs, b&w text, saving the file after it's scanned sometimes is instantaneous and sometimes takes 3-4. I can't figure out what that problem is about, but it's dire. Why can't there be even one consistently good software solution for scanning on OS X? Adobe Acrobat actually works the smoothest, but it takes over my screen and won't let me do other work. Vuescan works well with one of my scanners (an ancient Epson multifunction device), but with my newer Epson sheet-feed scanner works 1 out of 10 times. And this program, which is what I've ended up using for lack of something better, wastes so much of my time. Arrgh.
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4
pandora-1
04 November 2011
Version: 1.4.1
Neat! After reading the review by @Nicksloan I gave this some serious thought. Even though the dev's website was down, I got a good rundown of features on the App Store page. There was one thing that nearly stopped me in my tracks: Needing a scanner that Image Capture recognized. I have a Fujitsu S500M that's been very good to me for a couple of years. However, Image Scanner doesn't recognize it. Well, the software that comes with the Scansnap is pretty versatile and I decided to risk the $15. At this point, I'm glad I did. It took a couple of minutes to configure a new profile for the Scansnap that would send scans to PDFScanner. Though PDFScanner doesn't pop up as it would with an Image Capture scanner, it does work and does the OCR and saving in a straightforward manner. I'll still use DTPO for the heavier research but for scanning the odds and ends of daily life, this app is great. Recommended - an excellent application (one star off due to the Image Capture limitation).
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4
Nicksloan
19 September 2011
Version: 1.4.1
Before someone says “no demo, no sale” (and no, I’m not a fan of the App Store either) I’d like to say that this is actually a very nice app, and something of a bargain compared to most serious OCR apps. It has a very specific remit: to turn scanned images into searchable PDFs with hidden text. The workflow from scan to output is very quick and simple, and it does not require specialist document scanners. It does however offer limited control over the scan, with no previews, so while it works fine with predictable originals in standard sizes, I generally prefer to pair it with VueScan or throw prescanned images at it. (They don’t have to be PDFs; most formats seem to work fine.) The OCR is no more perfect than any other OCR, but it is good, and easily good enough for the intended purpose. Acrobat probably does a marginally more accurate job, but at a much higher price and in a klunkier way. OCR-ed text may be copied and pasted from the main window without saving the file, so it can be used as a quick route to text, but don’t expect clean formatting. You have to watch file sizes: PDFScanner can downsample images, and provides a useful estimate of file size in the Save DB, but in some cases these can unaccountably balloon. The dev, who is very responsive, is working on this and other things. I don’t think this is going to be one of those apps that is cobbled together for the App Store and then forgotten.
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