Automatically OCRing Documents with Hazel and PDFPen Pro


Take a look at this video.

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Not sure there’s necessarily anything as a direct comparison, but if you search for “prizmo vs pdfpenpro” in your search engine of choice, you’ll find various top 10 app comparisons and some comparison of specific features within particular app reviews.

In terms of PDF Pen Pro recently adding OCR automation features, they have had the option to automate OCR built in there for many years - I can’t remember how long I’ve been using it and Hazel to automate OCR (and other PDF stuff), but easily 5 or 6 years. What Smile did add in v10 this last year, was an in-app batch OCR capability to make things easier.

A familiar sounding voice may have recorded a video about it…

Hope that helps.

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“In-app batch”

Perhaps that’s what I remember reading. When I typically OCR, I have many PDFs to do, and need a simple iteration mechanism.


Just for the sake of alternatives: I use AbbyFine Reader to automate OCR and especially important for me: to split landscape PDFs (of books) with two pages per landscape page into two portrait pages and OCR the file in one setup. Super useful!

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Did you ever get an answer on this. I did not know that DevonThink Office Pro could do OCR. I understand that they are almost about to release a new version.

I am just little nervous putting my docs in a container.


Unfortunately it does not really work either. ALWAYS hangs after about 10-20 files.

MACSparky. Can you call your friends at Smile and get them on the fix. It has been unreliable, I mean, DOES NOT WORK, for over a year.


I have reported it multiple times. No Joy.


Have you reported it as an issue to them? Their help desk has been excellent when I’ve had TextExpander issues. That should be the way to raise the issue, not asking someone else to do it on your behalf. That is because it could yet be something very specific to your setup, which could explain why the issue might have persisted for an extended period.

I’m still on version 9 I think and using a script driven approach. Never had any issues, but I’ve a different approach.

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