1. Download the Free Version of PDF-XChange Editor
Visit the website for PDF-XChange Editor
at Tracker Software Products
Tick the radio button for the installer you prefer and then click the DOWNLOAD NOW
2. Run the downloaded installer
Run the installer that you downloaded and select the Free Version
(unless, of course, you want more features and would like to purchase the Pro Version
3. Open the document in PDF-XChange Editor
The installer creates a program group called PDF-XChange
with a shortcut in it for PDF-XChange Editor
. Click the shortcut to run it and then open an image-only PDF document in it.
4. Run the OCR feature
Click OCR Pages
5. Enter page range to OCR
Specify page range in the first section of the OCR Pages
dialog. Choices are All, Current Page, Selected Pages, Pages, All Pages, Odd Pages Only, Even Pages Only.
6. Enter language, accuracy, output type/quality
Specify primary language. Immediately available are English, French, German, Spanish. Click More Languages
to visit the web for others.
Specify accuracy: Low (fastest), Medium, High (slowest).
Select Create New Searchable PDF
or Preserve Original Content and Add Text Layer
. If choosing the former, you may select a Quality (300 is usually fine for a typical PDF) and/or Auto Deskew (straighten).
7. Save the OCR'ed document
Do a File>Save
or File>Save As
or another Save
choice on the File
menu to save the PDF with the text from OCR (but Save Optimized Copy
is not available in the Free Version).
That's it! You now have a PDF with text from the OCR process.
You may search for this text in any PDF reader/viewer, copy/paste it into Word or a text editor, etc.
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