[Athen] image pdf to searchable pdf

Kilcommons,Cath cathk at cahs.colostate.edu
Tue Mar 6 15:40:03 PST 2007

Beware the inexpensive PDF creation tool - many of these will not retain
text in columns and I have yet to find one that produces tagging.
Office 2007 may fill that gap with the download from Microsoft, but I
have yet to try it.

There is a option to upgrade to Omnipage Pro from Microsoft Office
Document Imaging. Imaging is not a great OCR, but is probably available
in at least one of your Microsoft Office installations.
I have used Omnipage Pro extensively and I especially like it for
complicated documents and difficult fonts. I think it was $150 to get
the upgrade from Imaging.

The Abbyy Sprint package that comes free with some scanners (Epson) is a
very tidy little OCR product. Abbyy Pro is also an excellent, and is
very user friendly.

Adobe Acrobat Pro has a built-in OCR, but it is not as good as ABBYY or

You can always use Acrobat on a trial download if you really need to go
low cost.

You could also check on your AT programs, TextHELP Read and Write
typically did a great job with a graphic PDF OCR'd back to PDF.
Here is a link to a training module we produced last year, that has the
various links

You may also want to check if premier-programming.com has anything that
meets your need.


-----Original Message-----
From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Stacy L. Smith
Sent: Tuesday, March 06, 2007 1:59 PM
To: athen at athenpro.org
Subject: [Athen] image pdf to searchable pdf

Does anyone know of a reasonably-priced (read: under $100) piece of
software out there that will take an image-based pdf and convert it to a
searchable pdf?

I've done a bit of a google search and looked at CNET (ABBYY makes
something) but I thought I'd ask the list as well.


Stacy Smith
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