Cisdem PDF Converter OCR 4 for Mac Review—OCR PDF on Mac Can be Easier

When desk-bound, the best solution to make paper documents quickly and conveniently shared between recipients, is digitizing them by scanning into PDF format. However, scanned PDFs allow no modification, you need to apply OCR technology to make it editable then.

What is OCR?

OCR, abbreviation of Optical Character Recognition, according to Wiki, refers to the mechanical or electronic conversion of images of typed, handwritten or printed text into machine-encoded text. Or put it simple, OCR helps to recognize the content from image-based files (scanned document, images, captures), so we can edit, modify and manipulate freely.

As the need to perform OCR on PDF for editing purposes grows, a great variety of OCR PDF Software for Mac are available now, free or paid, simple or versatile. And today, we are going to review an OCR PDF Converter Mac that stands out from abundant OCR PDF tools—Cisdem PDF Converter OCR 4 for Mac.

Cisdem PDF Converter OCR 4 Review Summary

Rating: 4.8/5.0

Verdict: With several clicks on Cisdem PDF Converter OCR 4 for Mac, users can process OCR on a PDF instantly and accurately, obtaining files with same quality as the original.

System Requirement: OS X 10.8+

Price: $49.99

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Where Cisdem PDF Converter OCR 4 for Mac Excels

Cisdem PDF Converter OCR 4 for Mac is a capable PDF Converter with OCR ability to convert native and scanned PDF to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Pages, Keynote, PDF, RTFD, Text, ePub, HTML and Image format. The features make it excel other counterparts can be categorized as following:

Simple and Intuitive Interface

Cisdem, the developer of PDF Converter OCR 4 for Mac, is dedicated to build easy-to-use and highly efficient Mac applications, which urges Cisdem to make each of its PDF solution simple and intuitive. No learning curve is required to manipulate this tool, you know what you see, you see what you get, nothing less and nothing more.

3 Types of PDF File Input

It supports uploading 3 types of PDF files for OCR on mac: encrypted, native and scanned PDFs. Drag and drop, all the files will be imported. When dealing with locked PDFs, click the lock icon and enter the password as it prompts, done!

Fast Batch OCR Processing

You can upload multiple PDF files (I tried uploading 20 file at one time, and it seemed 20 didn’t reach its limit) to batch process OCR on the same time. Cisdem PDF Converter OCR process OCR fast on these imported files, no crash or pause occurs during the batch processing.

Over 50 Languages Support

This tool can understand files in more than 50 popular languages. Even for those files with a combination of different languages, Cisdem can recognize accurately.

Versatile Output Format

The OCR PDF program can export PDF files into 16 file formats, including PDF, DOCX, DOC, PPTX, PAGES, XLSX, RTFD, TEXT, PPTX, KEYNOTE, EPUB, HTML, JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIFF, basically cover all the frequently-used file format.

Highly Accurate OCR Results

No matter you are working on Chinese, Japanese, English or French, or any other files in the language that hard to be recognized, Cisdem PDF Converter OCR can accurately read the characters and electronically turn them into editable contents.

Original Format Maintenance

Being concerned about getting files with messy format and layout? Cisdem PDF Converter OCR eliminates all these worries by retaining the same formatting as original files, there is no need to manually adjust the font, gap, layout, etc. You just need to turn the OCR function ON, Cisdem will fix all possible formatting issues automatically and technically.

Where Cisdem PDF Converter OCR 4 for Mac Fall Short

As a competent PDF Converter, this tool outperforms others in many ways, but when talking about editing feature, Cisdem falls short. It is much likely we will edit the writable PDF after processing OCR, but so far, Cisdem PDF Converter OCR for Mac cannot make this. Imagine if we can edit the file within the program instead of doing this by going in and out of an editor, things would be better and easier.


According to the test result of Cisdem PDF Converter OCR 4 for Mac, it is worth a try. Nothing is perfect, at least, this tool pay back with satisfied OCR result.

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