Text Extractor for Mac

Quickly extract text content out of scanned PDF and image file with OCR function.

Version 1.5.0 for Mac OS X



Available on the Mac App Store

Recognize and extract text from images or scanned PDF with OCR

Text Extractor for Mac helps you turn scanned PDF documents, digital images into searchable and editable text content. It can eliminate your retyping effort by the advanced OCR (Optical character recognition) technology, which can recognize text from image accurately and extract text content efficiently.

Convert PDF and image into searchable and editable text content

It's frustrated if you got a scanned PDF or image file, you'll have to retype them over manually if you want to get the information. With Text Extractor, you can unlock text content, easily get and use the information locked in PDF files. Extracting text from image or scanned PDF is extremely easy.

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Advanced OCR Feature

When you scan a paper document and save it as PDF or image file, actually everything will be captured as an image instead of text and font information, OCR tech is used text recognition and extraction.

Accuracy is the core of an OCR app, Text Extract's recognition accuracy can reach up to 90% if the source file has high quality. Save your time from correcting error after conversion.

- Wide Range of Supported Languages

Text Extractor can detect 10 languages, including English, French, German, Italian, Swedish, Russian, Polish, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese.

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Intuitive interface, easy-to-use

OCR conversion is not an easy task, but with the easy-to-use interface, you can finish extraction in fewer steps.

1. Open a PDF or image file,

2. Select document language,

3. Click 'Extract' button to start OCR recognition,

4. Done, you can copy the text to clipboard or export it as .txt file.

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Efficient Conversion At Greater Speed

Text Extractor efficiently converts large PDF documents and images into editable and searchable text, and deliver the converted text content faster. If OCR is not enabled, it takes less than 1 sec to extract each page from non-scanned PDF files.

And it lets you edit and modify the extracted text content directly in the built-in text editor, and check grammer and spelling. After checking, you can copy the content into clipboard and export as plain text (.txt).

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User Guide for Text Extractor for Mac

Step 1: Open a PDF file - Click 'Open file' button, finder will slide down within the app, choose the image or PDF file from your local disk

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Step 2: OCR Option - Turn OCR on, and select the correct document language from the drop-down list. If your PDF file is not a scanned one, turn OCR off.

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Step 3: Start data extraction - Click 'Extract' button on the top right corner, text extracting will start.

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Step 4: Save extracted text content - You can see the extracted text in the right-side of the app, you can compare the original image or scanned PDF with the extracted text, perform grammer and spelling check, or edit the content directly within the text editor. If everything is ok, copy to clipboard and then you can paste the extracted text to other applications, or export the content to txt file.

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If you want to learn more and make the most of Text Extractor for Mac, please read following detailed tutorial

* How to extract text from PDF and images on Mac (OCR) >>

User Review from the Mac App Store

Fast accurate text recognition app
by treehuggingartisttherapy - from US Mac App Store - Oct 19, 2013
I plan to use this for extracting text from pages I have highlighted in my school books. I have a mac with OS 10.6.8 and an HP all in one scanner C4480. I scanned the book page with 400 dpi and saved as a pdf image file. I launched Text Extractor and opened the file and the interface was simple. It extracted the text even though it was highlighted with orange flourescent sharpie with few missing characters. I copied and pasted the text into a word doc. It was easy and effective! Need to play around with my scanner settings to get the best image quality, but I have high hopes. Thanks for making my student work so much easier!

149 Pages Came out 99.99% Accurate
by SuperSamtls - from US Mac App Store - Apr 14, 2016
I had a 149 page pdf (that was rather clean) that I needed to convert. I did a little a research and I seen prices from free to $159 for software. I tried multiple free websites that offer the service but none did the job. So I started browsing the apps… This one caught my attention because of price so I figured why not give it a try. Based on the reviews and the free websites I already tried, I wasn’t too confident that it would work. Five minutes after the purchase, I had a the entire PDF converted and the text was 99.99% accurate if not more. I have to make little edits here and there but they are underlined and sure beats typing 149 pages. This has multiple languages that you can select but I only used the English one so I can’t say for the other. No images were imported in the new doc which I didn’t expect but I did have tables in the doc and it extracted the figures. All in all I could not be happier with the purchase.

Great Time Saver
by Hal 1 - from UK Mac App Store - Jan 21, 2015
A great app, I do a lot of editing of PDF files for a Visually impaired student at University, this app saves time on copying and pasting and keeps the text in format ready for editing, OCR is not foolproof as characters can be mistaken, but this is a great time saving app.

Efficace et rapide
by 39687 - from French Mac App Store - Mar 31, 2014
Fonctionne à merveille - a extrait le texte complet d'une revue "Avos Mac" en une seconde ... je dois avoir six ou 7 extracteurs de texte c'est vraiment le plus efficace et malgrès une interface en Anglais on comprend tout de suite - si besoin une aide bien faite sur le site - R I E N A D I R E - on peut extraire en totalité ou "page à page" - mini éditeur, Zoom sur ocr et rotation de page - pas mal pensé. et bien réalisé

System Requirements

Mac OS X 10.6 or above. Fully compatible with Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks and Yosemite and El Capitan OS X.
File Size: 65.2MB, recommended disk space: 200MB