A lot of people say that there are no free programs for Mac OS but this list of free scanning software (some are not but almost) says otherwise.
Document scanning software helps you create a computer copy of any physical document. The application must have full compatibility with Macintosh operating system to maximize its features. Here are 10 document scanning programs designed for Mac OS users.
VueScan is compatible with almost 2,300 scanning devices in the market. There are versions designed for different operating systems but it’s more popular for Mac users. It saves scanned documents in several formats like JPEG, PDF, and TIFF while allowing you to choose between 2 user interfaces: express and advance. The software is available online where you can choose from 2 editions: standard and professional.
The program removes unnecessary functions that are not required for scanning documents. It’s simple and easy-to-use, making it perfect for scanning documents. The newest version includes color adjustments and automated image cropping. Multiple users can create separate user profiles to keep preferred configurations.
8. PDF Studio
If you want to directly save a physical document into a PDF file, then the PDF Studio is the best choice. It allows you to access and edit PDF files even without using third party programs like Adobe Reader. It has scan-to-PDF feature which is very convenient when scanning documents for email attachments. You can buy full license online but free trials are available too.
Editors will greatly benefit from Readiris because it automatically converts documents into editable files. It maintains the document’s overall format which is perfectly great. Although its interface is not stunning, it comes with easy-to-follow wizard when scanning. Try its demo version and enjoy its IHQC (Intelligent High-Quality Compression) technology and OCR engine.
PDFPen allows you to add genuine signature to scanned documents without the need to print and re-scan the document. You can access PDF files and edit them with this software or you can directly scan a physical document and edit it afterwards. This is perfect for signature-requiring documents that you need to send via email. Download the free trial first before buying its full license from the official website.
You can use your DSLR camera as a document scanner using this almost free scanning software. It automatically transforms image files into editable PDF documents with high accuracy on texts and images within the photo. It uses the 3D accelerated hardware of your Mac to perform scanning operations quickly. You can easily get it via Mac App Store and it’s available in almost 13 languages.
PDFScanner is perfect for multi-tasking operations such as organizing or deleting files while scanning of documents is still in the process. It saves scanned documents into PDF files to help you maximize your system storage. You can even change the output file format through the preferences menu. The program runs on different versions of Mac operating systems and you can download it via App Store.
Neat is completely compatible with its cloud server, allowing you to upload your scanned documents online for quick access anywhere. It automatically creates reports of important documents such as a database of receipts, business cards, and recipes. It can also save multiple pages in one file to save more storage spaces when needed. You can order the software in a form of physical CD or download it and save it in your Mac computer.
Based from iDocument 2, this software has new functions such as data organization and file sharing. It allows you to scan documents, receipts, and invoices that you can store in your personal digital libraries. The Plus edition comes with colorful themes, allowing you to personalize your user experience. Buy it online or download its 15-day trial for free.
Presto! Page Manager is fully compatible with Evernote and Google cloud servers. You can easily drag and drop scanned documents or images to deliver them into appropriate applications. The software uses a multi-threading technology to enhance its stability and performance when scanning. It’s available in both free trial and license purchase.
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