Do you need to convert scanned PDF to text, so you don't have to type word by word to get the whole content? Undoubtedly, converting scanned PDF to text is the most efficient way to get what you need. However, it is not so easy to get the conversion done. To do a perfect job, you must choose the right PDF tool to do the right conversion.
To convert scanned PDF to text in Mac OS X Mountain Lion/Windows, you need PDF tool with OCR feature. OCR (Optical Character Recognition) is now the most accurate technology to recognize text in image-based PDF files. A PDF tool only attached with OCR feature is able to do the PDF to text conversion. There are many OCR PDF tool on the market. To make sure you get the right one, you can try Wondershare PDF Converter Pro. I am pretty sure it is the PDF tool you're looking for.
Step 1. Download the PDF to Text Converter
Click the download button to download PDF Converter Pro installation package. And then double-click the setup file to install the app.
On Windows PDF to Text Converter, slide the OCR button to right to enable the OCR function. To make sure the OCR works properly, you need to click the Options button to select the OCR Recognition Language.
On Mac PDF to Text Converter, to enable the OCR function, all you need to do is tick the option "Convert scanned PDF Documents with OCR" at the lower part of the main interface.
Step 3. Choose Text as the output format
In Windows, click on the Text on the top of the panel to select it as the output format. See other options for output format? You can also choose Word as the output format for these files.
In Mac OS X Lion, click the little settings button on each item to select text or Word as the output format.
Step 4. Convert scanned PDF to text in Mac OS X Lion/Windows
To finish the whole task completely, click the Convert button to convert PDF to text in Mac OS X Lion/Mountain Lion/Windows with the OCR app. During the process, you can take a cup of coffee and then you could find the text files are arranged properly by PDF Converter Pro for you.
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