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Request: OCR software for Mac OS 9 & Mac OS X

We are searching for any OCR software for Mac OS and Mac OS X.

So far we have these versions;

Macintosh OCR software NOT yet available, here at the Macintosh Garden:
  1. ABBYY FineReader (full versions; 5, 8, 9)
  2. DEVONthink Pro Office
  3. Presto! PageManager (4, 7)

Please upload any of these to the MG, if you can. Thank you!

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TextBridge Pro is the OCR software I used for years with my old Umax scanner under OS 8 and 9. It doen't seem to be on Macintosh Garden (there is a PC version on the Mustek scanner CD). I'm not sure if my version came with the scanner or I got separately - I've had a very quick look in the usual storage folders, but can't find an installer for it.

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I've just finished uploading TextBridge Pro 8 (Mac version for System 7.1 - 9.x). I found the installer on one of my backup Zip disks ... and it only took about 2.75 hours via my dial-up connection. Smile

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Many thanks for your effort to upload this ! Smile

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Found a download link to Abbyy FineReader Pro 5 Pro via archive.org
Don't have a PPC Mac at the moment, so I can't test it.

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Abbyy FineReader Pro 5 Pro via archive.org

Unfortunately, it is a "Try before you buy" download, with a 30 tries before it expires, limit.

The activation process is online, so there is no way to use a surfer serial to bypass this.

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Hi Mike,

Have you finished with LaCie software disk ? I say that because I could have some other nice stuff to upload here. Your pages look very great just as well. Smile

For the requested softwares, I have looked into that & tracked them in the web & located interesting things... As I can't upload all of them, I'm gonna give you some links for that. For Abbyy FR, there is three kind of versions, "Sprint", "Express" & "Pro". Which ones would be of interest for us ? The "Sprint" version is most of the time bundled with Scanner discs I believe. So, there is two links I've localized:

https://archive.org/details/EpsonPerfection4990SeriesScannerSoftwareCPD-18891DiskVol.1.0AF2004

https://archive.org/details/cdrom-epson-perfection-v30-v300-photo

These images look good & there is FR Sprint 5 inside the two discs. However, I've not tested them (not the "good" system, nor any scanner too).

Softwares from DEVON Technologies are like the FR Pro above, they have a time limit & stop working. I think there is also an activation process online.

Presto! PM looks like to be bundled only with scanners as I said before. Sad

And I have also localized ReadIris Pro 11:

https://archive.org/details/ReadirisPro11

https://archive.org/details/Readiris11

These two images could be the same, but the size is not, so I'm not sure. All images are Hybrid apparently. I will upload other versions on the next month. Wink

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Hi Franky, I've got one other LaCie upload to do, then I should be finished.

More good finds on your part. I have an Epson Perfection 4490 scanner which I guess is an earlier model than what you found the media for. It also has the same Sprint version included on its CD. I was planning to upload this one shortly, as it has an extra bonus feature.

According to the OP, the Sprint versions are "lite" and I'm guessing the "Pro" version has the most features. The "try before you buy" Pro copy I installed supports maybe 50 or 60 different languages (including Hawaiian & NZ Maori!). I have 23 uses left before it auto-suicides.

The two ReadIris Pro II CD's are interesting. In that despite having the same version number, one is a later pressing and is a universal PPC/Intel binary, the earlier pressing is PPC Mac OS X, only. Hence the size difference. I think only the universal one is needed, as it has the same specs for the PPC side.

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Unfortunately, the universal installer would crashes after launching it. I've tested with two different systems, same results. So, I have DL it again, but, ditto... Sad Fortunately, the other one is working like a charm. You have the choice to take the best photo, however. Smile This one from the universal version looks better I think.

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Sorry to hear that, Franky, as I've experienced it very differently here, where I've installed it onto two systems so far, without any hiccups.

Installing process (Universal Install)Click this pic to expand:

The two systems I installed it to were a G4 running Leopard and a MacBook Pro (snapshots above) running Snow Leopard.

Maybe your test systems were too new for this software?

If of any use, the .iso I have, has the MD5 checksum:
45d2ffcbfaf5ec41ff63f5e5b0ab8411 *Readiris 11.iso

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I have used a white MacBook with Mountain Lion & also Snow Leopard for testing the software. I don't know if this machine is the culprit. I'm not using such softwares after all. But may be it would be good to test more?

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I've now tested the universal installer on these five machines & OS's:

PPC Mac mini G4 - Panther 10.3.9
PPC Mac mini G4 - Leopard 10.5.4
Intel MacBook Pro - Snow Leopard 10.6.8
Intel Mac mini - Leopard 10.5.8
Intel Hackintosh - Tiger 10.4.11

All installs went without any problem and the program runs OK on each of the above. I have been unable to replicate any problem with installation or running this software.

Your Snow Leopard install should have been OK, as I didn't strike a problem with that OS. Maybe Mountain Lion would be the breaking point for it (I don't possess any Mac running this OS to test).

I really don't know what could be causing the issues you found with this install, but I can't find fault with the .iso from the internet archive.

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Just a little correction, I've launched the installer into Leopard, not Snow Leopard (was a little tired, sorry Smile). The version of Mountain Lion is a specific installation. Like a Hackintosh, because this MacBook doesn't support officially this system version. Anyway, thanks for your tests. I suppose this problem is local, so, never mind...

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Hi Franky, well it's a mystery for me, nevertheless. I'll make a page for this, shortly. Perhaps someone else will say how it works or doesn't work for them. Thanks for finding this archive. I can't say I'm a huge user of OCR software, so if this Readiris is as good as or better than others I wouldn't know. It's good to see it made available tho'.

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YW! I hope if someone could test it, we shall see... Wink I'm not user at all of this kind of software myself too, so... The only interest for me is to upload softwares not already here for others. And also helping if I can, of course. Smile So, I will upload other versions I would find. Thanks for your courage to create wonderful pages for us. Wink

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The two ReadIris Pro II CD's are interesting.

A correction to my 1st observation.

Only the installer for the 2006 pressing is for PPC Mac only. It installs a universal Intel/PPC native copy of Readiris Pro 11.

The versions in both the 2006 and 2007 pressings are different.
2006 = v.11.5.2
2007 = v.11.5.9

Ive uploaded both iso's to the Readiris Pro 11 page.

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Perfect! Wink

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Thanks for that Readiris Pro version 9 copy, too, Franky. Plus all of the page link updates.

I'm going to test the version 9 copy out on my trusty old eMac running 9.2.2, shortly.

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YW! Smile Surprise! Other amazing softwares would come... Wink

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Adobe Acrobat 8 (universal, I use it on Mac OS X 10.6.8/Intel) has an OCR function for PDF scans. I use it regularly to make scans as PDF searchable while keeping the original scan up front (i.e. the OCR part is hidden underneath). Acrobat 7 will have too, I guess.