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Automatically OCR PDF files

  1. May 6, 2013 #1
    Can anyone recommend a method to have all pdf files in a given folder automatically OCR?

    My scanner saves files as pdf, but I would like them to be searchable.

    Thanks in advance.
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  3. May 9, 2013 #2
    It would help to know what operating system you are using. Mac OS X or Linux?

    Adobe Acrobat will do what you want.
  4. May 11, 2013 #3
    I have computers running windows and linux, a method for either would be fine, preferably a free option.
  5. May 16, 2013 #4
    There's several OCR options available to you to use. I did a Google Search for 'linux ocr pdf' and this was the first hit on the list

    you can write a small script with a for loop that will go through the contents of a directory and ocr all the pdf files if the program doesn't have flags that allow you to do multiple pdfs at the same time.
  6. May 16, 2013 #5
    Sorry, I +thought+ I had relied to this days ago. It seems the way to go is "tesseract" http://code.google.com/p/tesseract-ocr/
    It has it's own GUI but there are other 3rd party GUIs or you can run it from the command line or script
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