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OCR on documents with Adobe Acrobat XI Standard

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/08/16

Steps to convert PDF to OCR on all pages in Acrobat XI Standard (STD) via [WayBack] PDF to text, how to convert a PDF to text | Adobe Acrobat DC:

  1. Open a PDF file containing a scanned image in Acrobat.
  2. Click on the Edit PDF tool in the right pane. Acrobat automatically applies optical character recognition (OCR) to your document and converts it to a fully editable copy of your PDF.
  3. Choose File > Save As and type a new name for your editable document.


You can select from many OCR languages:

On pages without bitmap content, you see this message:

Only in Acrobat XI or older

Note that Acrobat XI was the last version where this was possible in the Standard edition.

More recent versions of Acrobat, need the Pro version for OCR:

[WayBack] Is OCR or Text Recognition available in Acrobat STD DC?


In previous versions of Acrobat until version Acrobat XI,  the PRO and STD both had OCR capabilities or text recognition on scanned documents.  Is it available in Acrobat STD DC?


No, Acrobat STD DC does not have OCR capabilities or text recognition on scanned documents.

Since the ScanSnap iX500 came with a single-computer license of Acrobat XI, this works fine for me. Too bad there are no documents for it, but since the system is on an isolated system, this is OK.

[WayBack] Adobe Acrobat XI and Adobe Reader XI End of Support | Adobe Blog

As outlined in the Adobe Support Lifecycle Policy, Adobe provides five years of product support from the general availability date of Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader. In line with that policy, support for Adobe Acrobat 11.x and Adobe Reader 11.x will end on October 15, 2017.

What does End of Support mean?

End of support means that Adobe no longer provides technical support, including product and/or security updates, for all derivatives of a product or product version (e.g., localized versions, minor upgrades, operating systems, dot and double-dot releases, and connector products).


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