3 Best Free OCR Apps For Mac OS

We have recently shared a post on best free OCR tools for computer, and this time we have compiled a similar list for Mac. Yes, this post is about best free OCR apps for Mac OS.

Finding apps for Mac would prove to be tricky because the market for free apps for Mac is huge. And out of that list, finding good ones is always a huge task.

There are indeed some very good free apps for Mac available which would let you convert images to text with some much of ease. I have compiled a list of few best ones. See if you like any.

3 Best Free OCR Apps For Mac OS

Google Docs

Yes, you read it right. It is Google Docs. Now the latest version of Google Docs does offer you with OCR feature. It lets you convert any image or PDF into text and then you can edit those documents the way you want. Since you have been using Google Docs since ages, handling the program should not be an issue for you.


This is a free OCR app for Mac which gets your job done in a blink of your eye. Once you have this program installed on your Mac, all you need to do is drag and drop. You need to drag and drop the PDF file or any image that you want to convert into text and drop it on the program, and this program will take care of the conversion. Yes, this is as easy as it sounds.

OCR Image to Ascii Desktop Converter 1.0.0

This is not a Mac specific app but it does work on Mac. It is capable of handling  a Bitmap, Image, or File, such as TIF, BMP, or JPG. And using this tool, you can easily convert images to Ascii text format. It might not be what you are looking for, but is surely a handy OCR app to have.

Most of the good OCR apps are paid, not free and the reason that such programs do require impressive programming which is quite justified to its price. But these free OCR apps for Mac are quite handy. And considering the fact that they are free and easy to use, they do deserve a chance to serve you.

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November 8, 2011 by: Prasanth Chandra


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