The question of OCR
scanning Image Scanned PDFs that one knows contain text comes up
again and again. If you don't want to invest some huge amount of
money in a fully dedicated specialty OCR suite there is an
excellent option available for free from Tracker Software: PDF-XChange
This software is not 100% accessible, but what you need to perform
an OCR scan on an Image Scanned PDF is.
You have nothing to lose but a few minutes time to test out
either PDF-XChange Viewer (which uses the "old Windows interface
style" and I know to be accessible for running OCR) or the free
edition of PDF-XChange Editor to check out whether it suits your
needs. I personally prefer PDF-XChange Viewer. Here are the
step-by-step instructions I wrote for a client who was a grad
student who kept having old image scanned PDFs assigned for
reading by various professors on how to OCR process them using
Used when you receive a
PDF that was scanned without Optical Character Recognition.
For reading stick to Adobe Reader or other reader of your
choice as PDF-XChange Viewer is not 100% accessible.
PDF-XChange Viewer from your start menu or the desktop.
O Open a file, you’ll need to know where it is and
navigate there in the Open Dialog, which is very much like
Perform optical character recognition on the file. This will
be quick for small files, 20 pages or less, but will take some
time for very large files, hundreds of pages. Listen for the
process to complete.
S Save the file over itself with the OCR text now
included. If you wish to save the file under a different name
and keep the original use ALT+F, A Save As to do
Brian - Windows 10 Home, 64-Bit, Version 1709, Build 16299 (dot
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The opposite of a
correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a
profound truth may well be another profound truth.
~ Niels Bohr