In this video, we show how to convert an image-only PDF file into a PDF Searchable Image file, that is, a file with both the image (typically from scanning) and text, which is created in an automated fashion with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software. To do this, we will set up a Watched Folder, such that whenever an image-only PDF file arrives in the Watched Folder, it will automatically be converted to a PDF Searchable Image file. We will achieve this using Power PDF, the newest product from the Document Imaging division of Nuance Communications. There are two editions of Power PDF — Standard and Advanced. The Watched Folder feature is in the Advanced edition only.
Update on 10-Sep-2020
Two points in this update:
(1) As noted in the paragraph above and in the video, Power PDF was, at the time of this video's publication, the newest product from the Document Imaging division of Nuance Communications. Since then, Kofax Inc. has acquired Nuance's Document Imaging division, as discussed in this EE article and video about PaperPort Version 14.7:
(2) Related to the subject of this video, namely, the ability to convert image-only PDFs to searchable PDFs, it is worthwhile to note that PaperPort, also a product from Nuance (now Kofax), can do this, as discussed in this EE article:
As noted in the 10-Sep-2020 update above, Kofax acquired Nuance's Document Imaging division, which includes the Power PDF product line, so the links shown in the video have changed. Visit the Kofax site (not Nuance) to get the free trial:
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